Brexit and Trump notwithstanding, 2016 was a pretty good year for Fern Brady. She was voted 99 in Scotland’s 100 Hottest Cultural Contributors–98 was a park in Glasgow. She also made some television appearances—”this woman genuinely has the farthest apart eyes I’ve ever seen on another human being #eyesfarapart,” said one viewer on Twitter. However, amid her success, she wasn’t invited to the annual female comedians Edinburgh Fringe brunch. This slight is Male Comedienne’s spine. The comic is haunted by “why?” Fern navigates the anger, indignation, existentialist dread, return to anger, inadequates evoked from being excluded. Her reasoning, expressed in wild anecdotes and confessions, is inconclusive. It’s a fascinating spiral. Fern’s femininity, or perceived lack of, is a quicksand trap, a panicked proclamation about living uncomfortably. It’s also a perfect catalyst for Fern Brady’s greatness, her talent, charm and acerbic coolness. Discover her first on Laughly!