Building up the backbone to share their funnybone can be a challenge for any aspiring comedian, but it’s especially difficult for a woman who longs to be in the spotlight that’s usually occupied by men. But actress Maxine Peake is proving that despite her seemingly innocent and pure nature, she can actually be quite glamorous and sophisticated on stage. The performer’s proving her comedic talents in her new British film, ‘Funny Cow.’
In honor of the comedy-drama’s recent American VOD release, including on Amazon, ShockYa is premiering an exclusive clip from the movie, which features Peake’s title character giving her latest routine on stage. She recalls how when she was in school, she had to give a presentation to her classmates about what she wanted to be when she grew up. She realized in that moment that it would be her life’s job to make people laugh.
In addition to Peake, who also served as an executive producer, ‘Funny Cow’ features Paddy Considine as the title character’s middle class lover, Angus; Stephen Graham in two roles, as Funny Cow’s brother, Mike, and her dad; and Tony Pitts as the protagonist’s tragic soul mate, Bob. The female empowerment film was written by Pitts, and directed by Adrian Shergold.
Delivering tragedy and comedy in equal measure, ‘Funny Cow’ charts the rise to stardom of a female comedienne through the 1970’s and 1980’s in industrial Northern England. Set against the backdrop of working men’s clubs and the stand-up comedy circuit, the movie follows the title character’s troubled, violent childhood to her turbulent adult relationships. Driven by her turbulent past and present, the Funny Cow uses the raw material of her life experiences to bring her unique style of comedy to the stage. A stand-up comedienne in an all-male world, ‘Funny Cow’ delivers tragedy and comedy in equal measure.