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


Comedy | Drama


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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 »


[last lines]
Funny Cow: You see, it's been too much for me, life. Too much and not enough. All at the same time. Listen to me going on, eh?
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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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"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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