Women in Comedy

Art And Music Collide For Winning Performance At Funny Women Awards

Lynne Parker | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Comedy
Lynne Parker

Last week a charming young woman with a name tailor-made for comedy nuances picked up her guitar and sung her way to victory in the stage category of our 14th Funny Women Awards.

The Comedy Car Share

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Comedy
Maggy Whitehouse

On the issue of comedians and travel: the answer, for most comedians is the car share. Mirth Control, one of the online comedy bookers, actively looks for comedians who can drive others from London before deciding who gigs where. That's not entirely feasible from Dartmoor.

And The 3 Finalists For Funny Women 'Comedy Shorts' Award Are...

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Comedy

There's nothing funnier than a funny woman. AMIRIGHT? So without further ado - and in no particular order - here are the three finalists for the Fu...

What TED Taught Me About Myself

Lynne Parker | Posted 12.06.2016 | UK Comedy
Lynne Parker

I am not alone. A New York Times survey in 1984 placed death third in a list of people's biggest fears. The first two were walking into a room full of strangers and speaking in public. So the whole TED phenomena taps into our inner fears and, as somebody who sends people o

Pregnant Pause?

Hatty Ashdown | Posted 22.05.2016 | UK Comedy
Hatty Ashdown

My first gig when I was over the advised 12 weeks safe period in which to tell people (although be warned if you have an elderly mother like me - she had me at 43 - then they just write it in every Christmas card they send at three weeks anyway) I didn't mention it on stage and it just felt wrong.

Why All Women Line-Ups Are Still a 'Big Deal'

Lynne Parker | Posted 08.05.2016 | UK Comedy
Lynne Parker

It all started with a glib remark by a male comedy promoter 15 years ago who replied to my question about why he never booked any women by stating that 'women aren't funny' and furthermore that 'there aren't any funny women on the circuit'.

Women Making a Stand for Equal Political Power

Lynne Parker | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Comedy
Lynne Parker

There has to be change in government and not just in terms of political parties. The biggest change must be a broader representation of women at all levels. This is why I particularly applaud and admire the efforts of modern day suffragette, Frances Scott, founder and leader of the 50:50 Parliament campaign and petition.

Feel the Fear and Do it Reluctantly

Helen Keeler | Posted 06.05.2015 | 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.