Posted by: the3rdi | April 22, 2010

Funny Women Awards back and bigger than ever

Funny Women Awards back and bigger than ever

From next month, comedic trailblazers Funny Women will be touring the country in search of Britain’s newest, funniest, female comedy acts as they launch their unique annual comedy competition for the eighth year running.

The Funny Women Awards are open to any woman who can perform comedy in front of a live audience.  The producers and judges are looking for stand ups, impressionists, sketches, character and musical comics, ventriloquists… Anything – as long as it’s funny.  Last year the competition attracted over 250 entrants and there are over half that amount already registered for this year’s Awards.

Up to 24 acts will be selected from across the UK to take part in the semi finals on Monday 6th September, with 12 acts going on to perform at the charity final on Monday 20th September.  Both the semi finals and the final take place at one of London’s most exciting new comedy venues, the Leicester Square Theatre.

Funny Women will once again be a major feature of festival season, with heats and showcases at the Guardian Hay Festival, Latitude, Manchester’s Queer Up North, and Fringe events in Edinburgh, Brighton, Liverpool and Bath.

Anybody wishing to enter the 2010 Funny Women Awards should now register on-line as soon as possible at www.funnywomen.com to guarantee a place in one of the heats around the UK, see dates below.

First prize for the winner will be a week’s luxury holiday for two at the five-star contemporary boutique Londa Hotel in Limassol, Cyprus.  The winner and other finalists also have the opportunity perform at the Londa as part of the increasingly successful Funny Women tour which takes place at the hotel and attracts big audiences on the island.

The success of last year’s winner, 20 year old London Hughes, performing as Miss London, has been fantastic for the visibility of the competition.  Talking about her success London says, “Winning Funny Women propelled me into the mainstream”.

London has already signed a management deal and filmed several projects for the BBC following Funny Women’s 2009 collaboration with BBC Comedy Extra.

“Last year’s winner, Miss London, is a unique talent and epitomises exactly what Funny Women is all about,” explains Lynne.  “The Awards are a kick start for a lot of new acts who might not have given comedy a try without the platform of an all female comedy environment.”

Previous winners include Zoe Lyons who won in 2004, Sarah Adams, who performed as Jade The Folk Singer in 2003, Debra-Jane Appelby who won in 2005, Suzy Bennett who took the title in 2006, Andi Osho in 2007 and Canadian Katherine Ryan in 2009.  Other successful Funny Women Awards finalists include Katie Wix, Anna Crilly, Bridget Christie, Sara Pascoe, Holly Walsh and Sarah Millican who have gone on to win other awards, regularly appear on the circuit and work on projects for radio and television.

“Despite the greater proliferation of women now being seen on the small screen performing comedy, the circuit still is still very chauvinistic,” says Lynne.  “Our competition does fast track brilliant new female acts who might otherwise have gone under the radar.  We make sure that they get seen and signed.”

You can read more from Lynne parker, founder of Funny Women at the3rdi magazine for women in business

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