Lee Mack: Women aren't cut out for stand up comedy

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 September 2013
Lee Mack

Lee Mack

Lee Mack has slammed female comics, insisting they are not cut out to be stand-up comedians because they don't "show off" as much as their male counterparts

Lee Mack insists women are not cut out to be stand-up comedians.

The 'Would I Lie to You?' panellist - who wrote a thesis on female comedians for his degree at Brunel University - insists male comics are much better suited to stand up than their female counterparts because they are more interested in "showing off".

Speaking on Radio 4's 'Desert Island Discs', he said: "I am only quoting scientific reports.

"When men sit around and talk, they are very competitive. One person will tell an anecdote and the next person will try to top that. When you get six women together, they share a lot more.

"They will be far more interested in what the other person has to say. The conservation is more interactive and less about individually showing off."

Despite his comments, the 45-year-old comedian - who wrote and starred in sitcom 'Not Going Out' - insists there should be more female comics in the industry.

He added: "The problem isn't that there's not enough women in panel games. The problem is there's not enough women in comedy in general."

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