Posted by: the3rdi | August 3, 2010

Funny Women Awards Charity partner & host announced for Final

Funny Women Awards Charity partner & host announced for Final

Monday 20th September, Leicester Square Theatre.

Leading female comedy brand Funny Women has selected OBJECT, an
award-winning human rights organisation that addresses the challenging
issues of the pornography and sex industries and their increasing
normalisation, to benefit from the final of the Funny Women Awards which
takes place on Monday 20th September at the Leicester Square Theatre.

The show will be hosted by 2007 Funny Women Awards Winner, Andi Osho, now a
major breakthrough act with TV credits including Channel 4’s Tonightly,
regular appearances on BBC2’s Mock the Week and the new Friday night show,
Stand Up for The Week on Channel 4. Andi will guide 12 of the newest acts
through their best five minutes in front of an impressive array of judges
from all corners of the comedy industry.

Through a mixture of lively grass roots action and high-end lobbying, the
success of OBJECT has been prodigious. Most recently it has seen an end to
the licensing of lap dancing clubs as cafes and new laws to protect women
who are pimped, trafficked or otherwise coerced into prostitution.

We are thrilled to be working with OBJECT the plucky organisation that
addresses some of the most difficult issues of our time head on, explains
Lynne Parker, founder and producer of Funny Women. We work with and
represent women from all walks of life through our comedy competition,
workshops and other events, it makes sense for us to take the lead with
OBJECT to get womens voices heard and minimize all types of
objectification.

Eight years on and the 2010 Funny Women Awards have broken all previous
records with over 350 entries from across the UK and beyond. A programme of
21 live heats around Great Britain, which includes appearances at leading
cultural festivals like Hay, Latitude, Edinburgh and the London and Camden
Fringe Festivals, has ensured that new female acts are at the leading edge
of comedy.

Its very exciting for us to be working with Funny Women, comments Dr
Sasha Rakoff, director of OBJECT. Like OBJECT, Funny Women is challenging
social norms and empowering women – and using the incredibly powerful tool
of humour to do so.

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 up,
impressions, sketches, characters, musical comedy, ventriloquism … anything
– as long as its funny. Up to 24 acts are 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 national final on Monday 20th September.

First prize for the winner will be a weeks 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 years winner, 20 year old London Hughes, who performs
as the irrepressible Miss London, has been fantastic for the visibility of
the competition. London has already signed a management deal and filmed
several projects for the BBC following Funny Womens 2009 collaboration with
BBC Comedy Extra, and continues to both appear at Funny Women events and
showcases even meeting Prince Charles at Armed Forces Day.

Last years 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, Emma Fryer, Sara
Pascoe, Diane Morgan, Holly Walsh and Sarah Millican who have all gone on to
have successful comedy careers appearing regularly on the circuit, radio and
television.

Despite the greater proliferation of women now being seen on the small
screen performing comedy, the circuit 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.

Tickets for the final are £18 and £15 to members of OBJECT.
To become a member of OBJECT visit http://www.object.org.uk/membership.
To book tickets visit http://www.leicestersquaretheatre.com .

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