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Bolton-born Maxine Peake is phenomenal as a comedian rising through the ranks of the Northern comedy circuit in the 1970s, where she discovers what it takes to be successful. Funny might be in the title, but British director Adrian Shergold and screenwriter Tony Pitts have created a bruising and candid portrait of a working class womanhood.





From a troubled childhood to turbulent adult relationships, Funny Cow (Maxine Peake) draws from her own life to make people laugh. But trying to be a stand-up comedian in an all-male industry requires more than just a good sense of humour…