To the Groucho Club for the launch of the Funny Women Awards 2016. Previous winners joined competition founder Lynne Parker to celebrate the success of female comics. Previous winners of the competition include Bridget Christie, Zoe Lyons, Sara Pascoe and Katherine Ryan.
Since its launch in 2003, over 2500 contestants have taken part in hundreds of Funny Women heats across the UK. This year heats will take place in Dublin, Edinburgh, Manchester, London and Brighton.
The awards are made possible by the sponsorship of Benefit Cosmetics who were on hand to beautify the guests at the launch party. Also at the launch were representatives from the national domestic violence charity Refuge, which the Funny Women Awards have been supporting since 2012.
There are several categories this year including the Stage Award (prize £2000, deadline 1st June), Comedy Writing Award (prize £2000, deadline 15th August), Comedy Shorts Award (prize £2000, deadline 31st August) and the Best Show Award (a new award nominated by the public on social media). And this year each of the six Stage Award finalists will be mentored by an established comedian; Sara Pascoe and Ellie Taylor have already confirmed their participation.
Previous winner Katherine Ryan says “Funny Women provided me with lots of friends, advice and exposure”. So what are you waiting for funny women? Registration is now open.
By Laura-Jane Foley
The continued impact of the awards has been assisted by the sponsorship of Benefit Cosmetics who, with their motto ‘Laughter is the best cosmetic’, have been working with Funny Women since 2011. The Funny Women Awards are proud to have been supporting the national domestic violence charity Refuge for the last four years.
Since 2003 Funny Women has criss-crossed the country in search of the stars of tomorrow, seeing over 2500 contestants go through hundreds of heats. This year the awards will touch down in Dublin, Edinburgh, Manchester, London (with heats at venues including the pop-up, Good Ship Benefit – details below) and Brighton in the search for new queens of comedy.
“This year’s awards are getting a refreshing makeover” explains Funny Women founder, Lynne Parker, “with regional finals replacing semi-finals, and the winners going on to a prestigious final at KOKO in London. Each of the six Stage Award finalists will be mentored by an established comedian, with Sara Pascoe and Ellie Taylor among them.”
“I love women, I love funny ones the most and I’m so pleased to be part of something encouraging the new exciting generation as well as supporting the important work of Refuge” Sara Pascoe