It was on the advice of a misguided college lecturer that Alison Spittle put her dreams of being in the spotlight on hold and went backstage for her showbiz kicks instead, but, this cultured culchie wasn’t going to stay in the shadows for long.


The lecturer in question had told his young, wide-eyed student that women hated listening to other women’s voice, and that she should move instead into production, Spittle heading for radio for a few years before she slowly but surely realised that her voice needed to be heard. Or, to be more precise, her jokes.


“That lad was talking a load of hoop,” says Spittle of that early career advice. “Women are all over comedy today, making some of the finest shows around, and doing some of the finest stand-up. I’ve a good mind to go back and give that lecturer a piece of my mind. And my act.”


Given that women are 51% of the population, the notion that they wouldn’t want to hear their point of view up there on stage, or blasting out of their phones, is mildly ridiculous. From Spittle’s own Nowhere Fast sitcom to Sharon Horgan’s one-woman production house (Catastrophe, Women On The Verge, Divorce, Motherland), it’s clear that any barrier between funny women and large audiences is no longer an issue.


As anyone who caught Alison’s Worrier Princess show at The Whale in April will no. And those who head along to Alison Spittle Makes A Show Of Herself on Saturday, February 9th will find out.



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