Comedienne Jo Brand has said comedy is predominantly a boys club because women are simply too soft.
Brand, who recently won Best Female Comic at the British comedy Awards, thinks that if women toughened up a bit they would be much more able to take on their male counterparts.
Backstage at the awards she said “I personally think it’s an issue of self-confidence – in some ways, it’s harder for women to take the knocks once they start and I do know a lot of women that have dropped away because they just got so much abuse,”
“I’d like women to develop a harder, thicker skin but also, we should encourage them a bit more. They definitely are as funny, just different.”
She also added “Having been a psychiatric nurse for 10 years, I got far more creative abuse than I ever have done as a stand-up. So I find it rather relaxing to be told, ‘F*** off, you fat cow’. Can’t you try a bit harder than that?”
When asked what her secret was, she said “looking like a hideous scary lesbian, but actually being a soft, cuddly heterosexual.”
Miranda Hart, who won the ‘People’s Choice Award For The King Or Queen Of Comedy’ at the Comedy Awards this year said “There’s probably some deep sociological and psychological reason why there are less women but there just are, and it will probably be the case for a bit.”