Posted by: the3rdi | January 11, 2011

More comedy fun for local charity

Sunday 23rd January 2011, Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Hosted by Jan Ravens

Richmond based Funny Women is the leading female comedy franchise in the UK
and has now forged a winning relationship with the Orange Tree Theatre which
played host to two sell out shows last year, including a heat of the
acclaimed national talent competition, the Funny Women Awards.

Funny Women returns to the Orange Tree Theatre on Sunday 23rd January in
support of local charity The Victoria Foundation, (formerly The New Victoria
Medical Foundation) which provides medical support to help improve lives.
The show will be hosted by impressionist, Jan Ravens, back by popular

The show will feature another brilliant showcase of female comedy talent
from Funny Women, which is best known for its annual competition, the Funny
Women Awards, for new and aspiring female comedy performers.  With names
like Zoe Lyons, Andi Osho, Sara Pascoe, Miss London and even the new Loose
Women presenter, Sarah Millican to aspire to, who have all come through the
competition, a career in comedy is now a reality for funny women everywhere.

The Funny Women Awards were first launched in 2003 and are now the benchmark
for women breaking into comedy.  The 2010 competition attracted a record
breaking 350 entries, and the 2011 Awards hold the promise of even better
things to come for the next generation of female comedy talent.

The show at the Orange Tree Theatre features three acts from the 2010 Funny
Women Awards: the first ever winner of the new Variety Award, Gemma Whelan
who performs as her spinsterly alter ego the delightfully crazed Chastity
Butterworth; plus musical musings from this year’s runner up Rachel Parris
and finalist Alison Thea-Skot.

The show also features Canadian Mae Martin, voted by Now Magazine as one of
the funniest people in Toronto, newly fledged comic and columnist Viv
Groskop, and Catherine Semark, finalist in the 2009 Funny Women Awards.

Funny Women is also proud to present Mel Burgess, business development
manager of Newsquest South & West London, who is brand new to the comedy
scene after recently participating in the Funny Women Challenge at The
Bingham in November 2010.  The event challenged five business women to try
their hand at stand up, also in support of The Victoria Foundation, and Mel
has extended her particular challenge to raise even more funds from this
next performance.

The Victoria Foundation, a Richmond based charity, is delighted to once
again be the beneficiary charity of this annual show.  100% of the funds
raised at the event will provide medical support which will help to improve

“We are very much looking forward to another fabulous show at the wonderful
Orange Tree Theatre. The charity much appreciates the generous support of
the performers who are giving up their time to take part in the show,” says
Lorna Votier, development director at The Victoria Foundation.

“We are really excited to be back at the Orange Tree Theatre for another
show,” comments Lynne Parker, founder and executive producer of Funny Women.
“Our local community is important to us even though we are now a nationally
renowned brand.”

“This promises to be another sparkling evening of entertainment and just
what Richmond needs at this bleak time of year, our mantra is laughing
about life to help and heal people, so please come and support these
wonderfully talented women and a brilliant cause.”


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