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Funny Cow (2017)

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A comedian uses her troubled past as material for her stand-up routine, trying to rise up through the comedy circuit by playing Northern England's working men's clubs.


Adrian Shergold


Tony Pitts
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maxine Peake ... Funny Cow
Macy Shackleton Macy Shackleton ... Funny Calf
Ashton Steele Ashton Steele ... Young Mike
Michael Hughes Michael Hughes ... Boy
Lissi Brook Lissi Brook ... Girl
Lily Jones Adkin Lily Jones Adkin ... Big Girl
Calvin Cawood Calvin Cawood ... Big Boy
Stephen Graham ... Funny Calf's Dad / Older Mike
Christine Bottomley ... Funny Calf's Mum
Hebe Beardsall ... Funny Cow (Aged 20's)
Tom Gibbons Tom Gibbons ... Bob (Aged 20's)
Tony Pitts ... Bob
Paddy Considine ... Angus
Kevin Rowland ... Jeff
Diane Morgan ... Margaret


A comedian uses her troubled past as material for her stand-up routine, trying to rise up through the comedy circuit by playing Northern England's working men's clubs.

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A woman with a funnybone for a backbone. See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Did You Know?


Duggie Brown , a well known stand up comedian in the 70's , is the old man sitting at the bar when Funny Cow is doing the drinks tray routine . See more »


Angus: Who took your self esteem from you? You have very low self esteem.
Funny Cow: Nobody took it... I handed it over at my own volition.
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Crazy Credits

Vic Reeves (Jim Moir), who plays a cabaret performer in the film, nods to his recording of 'Born Free' in 1991 with 'Vic Reeves and The Roman Numerals' which reached number 6 in the UK singles chart See more »


Featured in Granada Reports: 11 May 2018: Evening Bulletin (2018) See more »

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Great performances but perhaps better Television.
31 August 2018 | by tm-sheehanSee all my reviews

Not too many laughs in Funny Cow- It's a pity someone of the caliber of Jimmy McGovern, who's Television acclaimed dramas such as The Street and Accused depicting bleak human tales of the grass roots British characters and their environments perfectly and with great empathy. I liked all the performances especially Maxine Peake playing the lead role so well and depicting the struggle to escape a violent alcoholic home . Funny Cow repeats her mother's mistakes in choosing violent men till she finds comedy as her escape but the flash backs and editing I found confusing and out of synch with the script. Perhaps this script would be better suited to television drama where there's more time to expand characters and reveal more background to the story and motives of the characters.. I just found this film very depressing , which is not a bad thing in itself but a film also needs to entertain and be interesting, which in my opinion it fails to do . Like so many movies I've seen recently the actors often are great but if the Production and Direction are average the whole movie suffers.

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20 April 2018 (UK) See more »

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Смешная корова See more »


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