The What the Frock Book of Funny Women is hitting the shelves

Great news!

Here at the Bristol Women’s Literature Festival we love to have a bit of a chuckle and we love to promote women’s writing and performing.

Which is why we’re so delighted to be able to write and inform you about the exciting publication of the What the Frock Book of Funny Women – a celebration of 100 years of rib-tickling, hilarious women.

Bristol-based comedy night What the Frock already bring together the funniest women from across the UK, proving once and for all that the sexist stereotype that ‘women aren’t funny’ is nothing more than a lot of misogynistic bilge. The publication of their book goes even further.

The book is written by What the Frock founder, Jane Duffus and the foreword is by Lucy Porter. It profiles some of history’s funniest women, and has guest contributions from everyone from Viv Groskop to Ian Martin.

I’ve recreated the press release below with all the details.

Happy – and hilarious – reading and well done to everyone involved in What the Frock and the fantastic work they do for women’s representation.

to celebrate 100+ years of fantastically funny women

WHAT THE FROCK! COMEDY and BCF BOOKS announce the publication of the groundbreaking, myth busting paperback The What The Frock! Book of Funny Women (written by Jane Duffus, foreword by Lucy Porter) – which is putting an end, once and for all, to the tired idea that women aren’t funny by providing countless examples of side-splittingly hilarious women.

The book’s publication coincides with the third birthday of What The Frock! Comedy – the phenomenally popular, award-winning all-female comedy event that celebrates up and coming talent via stand-up shows, improv, workshops, an all-female comedy award and more.

The What The Frock! Book of Funny Women is a book of two halves. The first half contains chapters outlining the history and important role of women in comedy on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as addressing the myriad of obstacles that stand in the way of female comedians’ success. The second half of the book collects together more than 70 profiles of some of those women (from Caroline Aherne to Victoria Wood), and includes guest contributions from names such as Ian Martin (writer on The Thick Of It, Veep), Viv Groskop (comedian, broadcaster, journalist), James Mullinger (comedian, GQ comedy editor) and Kate Smurthwaite (comedian, broadcaster).

What The Frock! Comedy founder, and author of the book, Jane Duffus, says: “This book neither asks nor answers the question ‘are women funny?’ because of course women are funny. To suggest otherwise is as absurd as asking whether a man can be a nurse. This book presumes you know women are funny and confirms this by celebrating some of the wonderful women who have made us laugh for the past century or more. We shouldn’t have to segregate the genders in the 21st Century. But to me the important point is to provide a platform to nurture new female talent, and to continue to raise the profile of those talented performers in the media. This is what What The Frock! aims to do and this book is an extension of that goal.”

Comedian Jenny Éclair says: “A wise and witty guide to the wisest and wittiest women in comedy. At last someone gets it – women have funny bones! Read all about it.”

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The What The Frock! Book of Funny Women by Jane Duffus

BCF Books, ISBN 978-0-9571275-0-0, £7.99, Published 11 May 2015

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