Women in Comedy

Feel the Fear and Do it Reluctantly

Helen Keeler | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Comedy
Helen Keeler

Get this: I first thought I'd like to do stand-up when I saw Ben Elton on TV combining two of my favourite things - comedy and politics. I was 15 and I thought, I could do that (no offence, Ben). Then after plucking up the courage for two decades, I finally did my first gig. You read it right. TWO DECADES.

Why I Am an Accidental Entrepreneur

Lynne Parker | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK
Lynne Parker

Falling back on my journalistic training, a surprisingly successful 25 career as a public relations consultant followed, during which I developed the courage and confidence to promote my own business as well as those of my clients. By the time I accidentally became a 'comedy producer', I had accumulated a wealth of experience and a collection of useful skills to grow my own brand.

Let's Make Feminism the Biggest Joke in Town

Rachel Stroud | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Comedy
Rachel Stroud

If there's one thing I'm bored of hearing when I ask to be treated equally to a man, it is 'you take yourself too seriously'... Humour, we're told, is a boys' game. Men are taught that their friendships should be forged in pranks and banter, while women are instructed to take the serious stuff - problems, worries and secrets - to their female friends.

Why Are There No Female Comics in the V Festival Line-Up?

Samantha Baines | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Comedy
Samantha Baines

So, there are absolutely no women in the V Festival comedy line-up. Not one, in a list of over 30 comedians! Surely this is craziness. In a year when the BBC have announced there will be at least one woman on every panel show, and after the nationwide outcry when comedian Jenny Collier was cancelled from a line-up due to "too many women on the bill".

Even Up the Odds to Beat Everyday Sexism in Comedy

Lynne Parker | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Comedy
Lynne Parker

A 19 year old novice stand-up comic of our acquaintance was recounting the experience of her first ever gig. She told us that she had been announced on stage by a comedian who said that she had just performed a 'sexual favour' on him backstage.

Brogan Driscoll

We Know That Women Are Funny, So Why Is There Still A Lack Of Visible Female Comedians?

HuffingtonPost.com | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

With the number successful female comedians, including the likes of Victoria Wood, Tina Fey and Sarah Millican, anyone with an ounce of common sense w...

How Top Female Comedian Meera Syal Is Giving Back To Women In India And South Asia

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Twenty years on from the release of the critically-acclaimed film 'Bhaji On The Beach', the film's themes around women's rights still resonate today. ...

Funny Women Take on the Sausage Fest - Week One

Karen Regn | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Karen Regn

In the first week of the (nearly) 28-day cycle of comedy, which organisers only began planning in May, over 550 people have caught festival gigs, with more than 300 tickets already sold for gigs in the coming weeks. With a growing buzz, the atmosphere, they say, is "electric".

Impractical Skills

Jen Brister | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Jen Brister

In my head I am brilliant at DIY and I want to be able to say things like, "Pass me the Phillips screwdriver will you?" "You want a use square drill head for that..." I would love to be one of those lesbians that can deal with any kind of DIY emergency.

Live to Work or Work to Live? Thoughts on the Third Metric

Lynne Parker | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lynne Parker

I have chosen vocation above money and success and that, unless you have sensibly accumulated a nest egg that you then use to fulfill your dream, is where I believe there is a place beyond Arianna's Third Metric to be explored.

Female? Funny? Enter The Funny Women Comedy Writing Award 2013

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Comedy

The Funny Women Awards 2013 are now open. And as well as looking for the funniest female stand-ups in the UK, the awards are also on the hunt for come...

From Cambridge USA to Cambridge UK the Girls Are on Top

Lynne Parker | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Comedy
Lynne Parker

We've come a way in female comedy. When I created Funny Women just over 10 years ago it was the 'single white female' of the comedy circuit. With the help of an experienced (male) comedy promoter, we encouraged and cajoled around 70 women to enter the first ever Funny Women Awards in 2003 for one main prize. Now we attract over 300 women (and growing year on year) to enter for five different categories.

Funny Women Awards 2013 Now Open For Entries!

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK Comedy

The Funny Women Awards are back to find and support the next generation of brilliant female comics. The awards have been the launch pad for a numbe...

Humour Is a Valuable Weapon in the Battle for Women's Rights

Lynne Parker | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK Comedy
Lynne Parker

There are great 'tribes' of women around the world with an armoury of communication skills inherent to their cultures yet the common denominator, the uniting factor, will nearly always be humour and laughter. This is the means by which we can speak as one voice.

Why Miranda Is Not Guilty Of Misogyny

The Guardian | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy

We should be celebrating Miranda Hart's achievements in the male-dominated world of TV comedy, not searching for offence Sometimes you can time a b...

Is Mad Men a Period Piece? Not If You Work in Comedy... Part Three

Deborah Frances-White | Posted 24.12.2012 | UK Comedy
Deborah Frances-White

There is a serious trend for rape jokes in comedy clubs. On an average night, you'll hear the word "rape" more often than "David Cameron", "the NHS" or "Mitt Romney".

Are Women Getting Too Funny, And Is It Time For A Cull?

tombellforever | Posted 23.10.2012 | UK Comedy

“Women” (pronounced “wee – men”) It seems like they are everywhere these days; shops, barns, even the local barn shop (where you buy barns.)...

Is Mad Men a Period Piece? Not If You Work in Comedy - Part Two

Deborah Frances-White | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK Comedy
Deborah Frances-White

Outright sexism is such a rare sight in an office, it's fascinating to see it depicted as a recent historical curiosity in the fictional world of Sterling Cooper. But lately I've noticed that it parallels pretty well with attitudes that 21st Century women working in comedy, deal with all the time.

Is 'Mad Men' a Period Piece? Not if You Work in Comedy...

Deborah Frances-White | Posted 14.12.2012 | UK Comedy
Deborah Frances-White

I feel that large parts of the comedy establishment create a hostile working environment for women, by holding views and practices that are outdated in nearly all other industries.

This Just In: Beautiful Women Can Be Funny, Too

Andrea Mann | Posted 03.12.2012 | UK Comedy
Andrea Mann

I'd say that Britain has a problem with beautiful women being funny while Hollywood has a problem with not-conventionally-beautiful women being funny. But that's because Hollywood has a problem with not-conventionally-beautiful women, full stop.

Riding in Cars with Boys

Taylor Glenn | Posted 11.08.2012 | UK Comedy
Taylor Glenn

I will say this: feminism, especially feminism on the comedy circuit, is in a weird place right now. From my experiences the past few years doing stand up, I've learnt that if you're a woman on the circuit you're expected to feel a certain way about certain issues, shun certain organisations, promoters and publications, and conversely, embrace others.

Neither Puffy Female Nor a Doctor Be

Helen Lederer | Posted 10.06.2012 | UK Comedy
Helen Lederer

A lot of research vexing about body image seems to be getting air time. Some findings have revealed that more men are worrying about their appearance from 'man boobs to tums' - http://bit.ly/z1EtUT- but the tax payer has also funded some contra revelations: 'until young girls get more esteem we won't have any female doctors for the future' with the additional back up fact that women no longer need to be judged on puffy criteria http://ind.pn/Hah3X2

Wot No Women? Chortle Responds To Sexism Accusations Over Awards Short List

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 24.02.2012 | UK Comedy

Two days ago, UK comedy website Chortle announced its nominations for the 2012 Chortle Awards. Covering live, TV, radio, web and even DVD comedy, the...

Hatty Go lucky?...Lazy

Hatty Ashdown | Posted 12.03.2012 | UK Comedy
Hatty Ashdown

However, it was brought to my attention early last year that I suffer from what I think is a common disease (excuse) amongst creatives: lazyitis. Do you wake every morning with a gut reaching feeling of anxiety (Usually because it's past 10am and I know I should have got up earlier and therein the guilt starts)?

The Women are Coming! (I Hope)

Andrea Mann | Posted 29.02.2012 | UK Comedy
Andrea Mann

Call it belief, call it over-excitement, call it both dumb and blind optimism: I am rather sharing Mr Welland's view right now after the year 2011 has been. Not for Brits in movies, that is - but for women in comedy.