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Ben Miller thinks women are writing ‘the best comedy’

Actor and comedian Ben Miller has praised his female counterparts as writing ‘the best comedy’.

The 55-year-old, who enjoyed great success with his comedy partner Alexander Armstrong on both iterations of their sketch show – Armstrong & Miller from 1997 – 2001 and The Armstrong & Miller Show from 2007 – 2010 – particularly admires Lucy Prebble and Billie Piper’s dark comedy I Hate Suzie.

Speaking to the Independent about his viewing habits during lockdown, Miller shared: ‘I just think the best comedy is being written by women. There’s nothing to touch I Hate Suzie, Fleabag… I always hear Lucy Prebble’s voice in Succession… That’s where it’s at right now. That’s where the really, really good work is being done.’

Reflecting on women working in comedy when he first started out, The Death in Paradise star said: ‘Certainly there was never any misapprehension as to whether women were funny or not; there just weren’t many of them, that was the difficulty. It was just very hard to find women to work with.’

However, he name-checked Jessica Hynes, Sue Perkins and Sally Phillips, describing Phillips’ show Smack the Pony, co-created by Victoria Pile, as ‘such a great show’.

‘They said, “OK, we’re going to define a new comedy” and they created their own rules and did it their own way.’

Miller had great success with Alexander Armstrong on their sketch show (Picture: Richard Saker/ITV)
Hate Suzie was a particular favourite of the comic’s (Picture: Ollie Upton/Sky)

Talking about how audiences and performers have changed since then, when he recalled that female stand-ups had said they had a certain type of act to ‘deal’ with hecklers, he added: ‘But nobody thought it was possible to change the actual context in which we were performing. Now there’s been such a hunger for change. The audiences have changed. We’ve all changed.’

In a recent interview with Metro.co.uk, former Great British Bake Off host Sue Perkins opened up about how she’s facing up to challenges she’s encountered as a female comic.

Sue Perkins has spoken about the ‘female limitations’ she’s experienced (Picture: Brian J Ritchie/Hotsauce/ITV)

‘The limitations that I find have been very female in nature,’ she explained.

‘Sometimes it’s been my own lack of confidence or feeling that I can’t do something, that I shouldn’t do something, that’s held me back.

‘I think that’s a very female trait. Historically, we have been disallowed from super-achieving in certain sectors.

‘But also there’s that cultural sense that we shouldn’t really put our head above the parapet. So I’m trying to stop self-limiting behaviour as I get old and decrepit and I’m really enjoying it!’

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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