Irish comedienne, actress and writer, apparently, and not a character from Carry On Ladies.
Recently, in a discussion about writing comedy, she told Channel 4's Diverse Festival in Bradford: “If you have the same type of writers in terms of race or sexual orientation or gender, then you’re only getting one kind of joke.”
Is she right?
Or is Gareth Roberts - a screenwriter and novelist, best known for his work on Doctor Who and who happens to by gay - right when he criticised her saying:
"What a limiting view of people and of her fellow writers. Men do man jokes, women do woman jokes, homosexuals do homosexual jokes, black people do black jokes. Nobody has imagination or empathy or fellow feeling. We are apparently parrots loaded with one set of phrases, defined entirely by an arbitrary characteristic...
"...This reflects a modern cultural quirk in the arts: an obsession with process rather than outcome. Think how often you hear theatre or television people proudly describe their adherence to quotas and fashionable nostrums of social change and representation as ‘important’, when the opposite is the case.
"All art, even the desperately silly and trivial, is now regarded as political and with a mystic power to remodel society. The language of HR courses and inclusivity awareness workshops has cemented around the very daftest things. Somebody should write a comedy about that."