News: Jan Ravens Looks At The History Of Female Comedy for New Show

Comedian/Impressionist Jan Ravens is to present a show looking at the history of female comedians entitled Nasty Women.

Ever since Donald Trump dubbed Hillary Clinton a 'nasty woman' during a presidential debate, women the world over have embraced the term as a battle-cry with Nasty Woman t-shirts, perfumes and cocktails. This spirited response chimes with a long tradition of feisty female comedians on the radio. From Hattie Jacques and Betty Marsden, through Meera Syal and Linda Smith to Jocelyn Jee Esien and Mae Martin there's a rich archive of programmes featuring funny, determined women.

The programme is being recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House, London. Ravens will be joined by guest stand-ups Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Lauren Pattison, and BBC’s Commissioning Editor for Comedy, Sioned William.

Between clips of archive programmes and excerpts Jan will chat with the panel about the story of female satire on the radio and the women who've rewritten the comedy rules on radio - from June Whitfield to Dillie Keane, Sally Phillips, Maureen Lipman, Meera Syal, Rebecca Front, Jenny Éclair, Nina Conti, Jo Brand, and Sandi Toksvig .

When broadcast these archive specials will feature whole editions of selected programmes.

The recording and ticket details are below.

Date: Monday 11 December
Venue: BBC Radio Theatre
Doors open: 6.45pm
Recording starts: 7pm 

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