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Originally posted in The Telegraph.
‘I wouldn’t have wanted to be a woman 30 years ago,” says the Canadian stand-up Katherine Ryan. “And certainly not 60 years ago.” So when would she have wanted to be a woman? “Now,” she says, “is the perfect time.” Particularly in comedy.
For as long as anyone can remember, female comedians have been denied the same level of exposure as their male counterparts. Since February last year, the BBC has attempted to address the problem by banning all-male line-ups on panel shows such as Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You. The decision has not been universally popular: Mock the Week presenter Dara Ó Briain argued that any female comedian on a panel “will suddenly look like the token woman”.
But something is working. Over the past few years, comedians including Sarah Millican, Josie Long, Sara Pascoe and 2013 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner Bridget Christie have finally started getting the recognition – both on television and on the…
via Katherine Ryan interview: ‘I’d only go back to Canada if I was terminally ill’ – Telegraph.
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