Posted by: the3rdi | September 15, 2011

Funny Women Awards Final – 26th September

After an intense weekend of performing and judging which included afternoon quarter final sessions, a Saturday night ‘laugh off’ in front of a live voting audience and two semi-finals on Sunday, the producers of the 2011 Funny Women Awards have selected 13 acts instead of 12 to go through to the charity final on Monday 26th September.  The standard was so high that the panel of industry judges struggled to decide who to put through.

“It was genuinely hard to call,” explains executive producer and founder of Funny Women, Lynne Parker. “As a result the final promises to be a fantastic roller coaster of entertainment.

“We have the largest age range ever – from 19 to 67- two amazing double acts, music, variety and some of the best and most original stand up acts we’ve seen in nine years.

“We’ve got acts who are so new that we can hardly believe how talented and brilliant they are to get this far, and others who have been learning their craft for several years, juggling family and comedy.  This is a direct reflection of the fact that we continue to provide a valuable platform for women to perform when the circuit doesn’t always make it easy for them.”

Each act will perform five minutes of comedy at the charity final in support of Cancer Research UK on Monday 26th September.   The final will be hosted by 2006 winner, Suzy Bennett, and feature a performance by Thankless Child, Liz Black and Freya Slipper, last year’s winners of the main award.

There are three major Awards.  The Variety Award once again supported by the Leicester Square Theatre , offers the winner her own show in the Lounge Theatre. This year sees the introduction of the Comedy Writing Award, supported by Sky 1 who are offering the winner an incredibly 30 minute script commission and an opportunity to be mentored by the comedy team at Sky.

The main prize includes a career-building package to include the winner’s own website, an edited DVD of their final performance and the opportunity to perform in Funny Women’s 10 th Anniversary tour during 2012.

Recognising that humour is universal, Funny Women, teamed up with Tesco and Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life over the summer to showcase some of the UK’s finest female comics and to find a ‘Real Funny Woman’ in partnership with Grange Hotels.

Race for Life is an amazing women-only event series which raises millions every year for life-saving research into all cancers – helping men, women and children. Women of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities join together to walk, jog or run 5k or 10k to raise money to help beat cancer. The events are characterised by an amazing array of costumes and themes chosen by the individuals and groups of women who take part .

After viewing hundreds of photographs and attending 10 different events around the UK the Real Funny Woman Award goes to Becky Stuart who, together with four friends including Abbie Marsden who nominated her, dressed up as giant whoopee cushions on one of the hottest days of the summer to take part in Race for Life at Richmond.

Becky’s mother has been fighting breast cancer for the last seven years.  “She has been an inspiration to all our family and friends for the determination and courage she has shown throughout her journey,” says Becky.  “My whoopee themed campaign has made her smile through a tough six months and it has been such fun.”

Becky will attend the final as a VIP with accommodation at one of Grange Hotels contemporary luxury London hotels.

London based Suzy Bennett, who is hosting the Awards final, was Funny Women’s ambassador for Race for Life over the summer taking part in seven different events around the UK and recording her experiences in a special Funny Women blog.

Suzy has a very personal reason for being involved with Race for Life as ten years ago she lost her brother’s fiancé, Sulina, to Leukaemia and ever since has been attending Race for Life events in her memory.

Of her involvement, Suzy says “I have been performing comedy for about five years now and have often had the privilege of being part of some wonderful charity events but nothing has made me prouder than being asked by Funny Women to represent them in their partnership with Race for Life. The wonderful thing about Race for Life is that as well as raising money and awareness it’s time for everyone to get together and reflect and share experiences.  Hosting the final to raise funds for Cancer Research UK is the icing on the cake.”

Tickets are already on sale  HERE  so book early if you want to see the best of new female comedy and help us raise money for a fantastic cause.

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