And we must not forget the king of comedy himself, Billy Connolly, who surely must be given a massive amount of credit for influencing many of the world's top stand-up comics currently working today.
That's why it was such a breath of fresh air to see Bridget Christie scoop the Foster's Comedy Award for Best Show at this year's Edinburgh Festival.
The award, formerly known as the Perrier Comedy Award, has only ever been won by two other females in its 33 year history, first by the wonderful Jenny Eclair back in 1995 and then again by Laura Solon in 2005.
Male recipients include Steve Coogan, Dylan Moran and Al Murray, who have all gone on to have extremely successful careers in the UK, so winning this prestigious awards seems to be the start of great things.
Having had the pleasure of performing at this year's fringe, I know how much hard work goes into the month of August for most performers, so the fact that Bridget was up every morning for her 11am show, which is a really difficult time slot to sell out, with two young children to look after is incredible.
I'm also hoping this will do wonders to destroy the bizarre myth that women aren't funny as most females I know love a laugh and I mean, just look at me?
I'm 33-years-old, a size 18, single and the oldest of five girls, two are already married, one looks like a 1950s screen goddess and the other one is 21-years-old, a size eight and recently informed me she doesn't own a bra as there is simply no need for one.
Now dealing with all of that requires one mother of a sense of humour, let me tell you.
Women are extremely funny and there have been many wonderful examples of this over the years, from Victoria Wood to French and Saunders and not forgetting the hilarious Ruth Jones in Gavin and Stacey to name only a few, so I think it's fantastic that another female has been recognised in this way.
Fingers crossed we see more women selling out huge arena tours like their male contemporaries in the future.
Being a woman can provide much hilarity and comedy material, especially when it comes to the opposite sex.
I mean, just look at the likes of Judy Finnigan - 29 years married to Richard Madeley, during which time he spent some years impersonating Ali G, so I'm thinking that little beauty would have sold-out comedy gold written all over it.