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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.

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Adrian Shergold

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Tony Pitts
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Credited cast:
Paddy Considine ... Angus
Stephen Graham ... Mike
Alun Armstrong ... Lenny
Maxine Peake ... Funny Cow
Christine Bottomley ... Funny Calf Mum
Kevin Eldon ... Danny
Hebe Beardsall ... Young Funny Cow
Tony Pitts ... Bob
Diane Morgan ... Margaret
Hannah Walters ... Jean
John Bishop ... Colin Pine
Lindsey Coulson Lindsey Coulson ... Funny Cow Mum
Vic Reeves Vic Reeves ... Ventriloquist
Adam Gillen Adam Gillen ... Ginger Youth
Dominic Brunt ... Landlord
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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.

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I've no backbone only a funny bone See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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UK

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English

Release Date:

20 April 2018 (UK) See more »

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Comedian John Bishop has a cameo - with one of his pet English Bull Terrier dogs. See more »

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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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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 »

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

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"Do you believe in free speech?"
28 October 2018 | by kevin cSee all my reviews

Funny Cow is one of those British gems. Brutal, bleak, tender and comic. Only we can do this.

Set in the 1970's working men's clubs. It's a world of sweat, smoke; racism and sexism. We also have flashbacks to a 1950's childhood of poverty and domestic violence. Funny Calf (love that) is full of energy, mischief and defiance..

Men do not fare well in this film. Either beer-stained and openly violent, or sophisticated, affluent and weak Considine.

My favourite moment are the auditions for a "Search For A Star." Great cameos from John Bishop and Vic Reeves. The film's climax where she swears and tells racist, homophobic jokes is shocking. But it shouldn't be diluted, and the audience is delighted to hear her just as coarse and aggressive as any male comedian of the period.

Not everything works.The storyline is choppy and episodic, leaping randomly back and forth in time. It's disconcerting to see Stephen Graham as nasty father one moment, net curtain-twitching brother the next. Even Funny Cow seems remote at times, but it's great stuff from Peake.


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