Feeling blue or simple fancy a giggle? If laughter is what you need then the first direction we're going to point you in is towards these utterly fabulous women in comedy. Whilst breaking stereotypes, conventions and boundaries; they are sure to have you cracking a grin and reaching for the tissues as you cry/laugh!
1. Francesca Martinez
Francesca Martinez, 40, is a comedian from London that suffers from Cerebral Palsy, a neurological condition that impairs the coordination of the muscles. She has performed at various comedy festivals and sell-out shows across the globe including Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and the Edinburgh Festival. Francesca became the first female comic in 2000 to win the prestigious Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award at the Edinburgh Festival. She published the award-winning book 'What the **** is Normal?!' in 2014.
2. Katherine Ryan
As a stand-up comedian, Katherine Ryan has featured on the BBC's Live at the Apollo, both as a featured act and a lead act. During her career, Ryan has won the Nivea Funny Women Award, and had also been a runner-up in the Amused Moose Laugh-Off competition in 2008. In February 2017, Netflix released Katherine Ryan: In Trouble which features one of her live stand-up performances on a recent UK tour.
3. Michelle Wolf
Michelle Wolf (born June 21, 1985) is an American comedian and writer from Hershey. Pennsylvania. She was a contributor and writer for Late Night with Seth Meyers and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. She was the featured performer for the 2018 White House Correspondent's Dinner. She stars in the new Netflix series, The Break with Michelle Wolf.
4. Ellie Taylor
Ellie Taylor (born 28 November 1983) is an English comedian. She has presented Snog Marry Avoid? on BBC Three, appeared on the ITV2 show Fake Reaction, the ITV reality show Show Me the Funny and the BBC Two satirical news show The Mash Report.
5. Jen Brister
Jen is a critically-acclaimed stand-up comedian, writer and actor. She regularly performs on the UK and international comedy circuits. She has written for BBC Scotland, featured as a presenter for BBC 6 Music and Juice FM, and regularly contributes to magazines and online sites such as Diva, g3, Standard Issue and The Huffington Post.