This week comedy rapper (rapping comedian?) Doc Brown released a video in support of the No More Page 3 campaign that has been rapidly gaining support and recognition since its launch last year.
The campaign, which was created by Lucy Holmes, has over 20,200 followers on Twitter and more than 118,600 petition signatures, capturing the zeitgeist as feminism gains appeal and credibility in popular culture, and the comedy world is no exception.
This year’s Fosters Comedy Award Best Show winner and Laugh Out London favourite Bridget Christie spent much of the Fringe dressed in a ‘No More Page 3’ t-shirt, and performed an openly and proudly feminist show titled after the ridiculous marketing of a BIC pen specifically designed for women. (On a side note, the Amazon reviews on the ‘BIC for her’ are worthy of a read).
The 2013 Fringe arguably marked a shift in status of women comedians, as the Comedy Award was won by a woman for only the third time in its history – the other two female winners were Jenny Eclair in 1995 and Laura Solon in 2005. Meanwhile, ‘Adrienne Truscott’s Asking for It: A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy and Little Else!’ (memorable, if not catchy, title) in which Truscott brutally but brilliantly tackles rape jokes, won the Panel Prize. Nadia Kamil also gained plaudits for her show at The Stand Wide Open Beavers.
You can catch Bridget Christie’s award-winning show at the Soho Theatre from November 5th to December 7th (excl. Sundays).
Other awesome women playing London with awesome Fringe shows include:
Sara Pascoe as part of a tour of her fantastically funny and intelligent show around the UK this Autumn.
Claudia O’Doherty’s boundary-breaking show is on at the Soho Theatre 23rd September to 5th October
The anxious Jessie Cave can be seen at the Pleasance London on September 30th