Will Ferrell has announced that he will set up a new production company which will produce female-focused comedies. Who knew Ron Burgundy had it in him? Which made wonder which female wisecracker got us chuckling the most. Here’s a list of our 10 of our favourites. Vote below on who you think should don the Queen Of Comedy crown
1) Victoria Wood
It’s hard to pin down where exactly Victoria Wood’s main talent lies. She excels in stand up, sketch writing, dramatic acting, songwriting and more. She’s basically the comic’s comic.
2) Sarah Silverman
A potty mouthed surrealist with a knack for pushing the social and political boundaries, Sarah Silverman is an edgy one-off.
3) Roseanne Barr
Her tongue-in-cheek stand up routine as The Domestic Goddess spawned her much loved TV show Roseanne – a brilliant and hilarious look at lower middle class living. It's never been bettered.
4) Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers has been shocking us for 50 years with her blend of out-there observations about celebrity culture delivered in a matter-a-fact delivery that is always unforgettable.
5) French & Saunders
Separately Jennifer and Dawn gave us Absolutely Fabulous, The Vicar Of Dibley and Murder Most Horrid and as a duo they brought their archaic, female energy to six series' worth of lol-worthy comedy in their self-titled sketch show.
6) Kristen Wiig
Bridesmaids, the unforgettable film Kristen co-wrote and acted in, was a modern classic. It ushered a new genre of female fronted, Judd Apatow-like comedies (hi The Heat). While her time at Saturday Night Live gave us characters like Target Lady and a heap of brilliantly observed impressions.
7) Tina Fey
Oh Tina, you comedy goddess you. From 30 Rock to SNL to her book Bossypants, T-Fey has led the dialogue of comedy for the last half a decade. Liz Lemon, we salute you.
8) Lena Dunham
In Girls Lena Dunham created a world of brilliantly awkward comedy featuring a world of aimless 20-somethings with a beyond-her-years intelligence and a knack for writing in the ether of the zeitgeist.
9) Lisa Kudrow
From Phoebe Buffay in Friends to Valerie Cherish in The Comeback and Michele in Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, Lisa Kudrow is the queen of the ditzy and occasionally uptight characters. Thanks for 20 years of awkwardness!
10) Maya Rudolph
Maya Rudolph’s raft of brilliant impressions, from Donatella Versace to Christina Aguilera to Oprah and Diana Ross made her an unforgettable presence on Saturday Night Live. And we loved her Oprah-esque turn on the short lived Up All Night.