TOMBOY TARTS: COMEDY

THE FUNNY WOMEN DIARIES #10: WHAT WOULD BEYONCE DO?

This February in our Funny Women Diaries, Kate was struck in bed with a mystery flu-like illness during Valentine’s Day but was cheered up by Katherine Ryan and Luisa Omielan on television. Now she is back in action and recently saw the work-in-progress musical comedy Prom Kween at the VAULTS Festival. Hello? This thing on? Hi! It’s been a while, a couple of the Funny Women team were struck down with a mystery illness, it’s not quite flu but it’s more than a bad cold but it’s not Norovirus or anything dramatic like that. Needless to say…

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THE FUNNY WOMEN DIARIES #9: THIS IS THE NEW US

This January in our Funny Women Diaries, Kate became a television extra for the first time and she is pretty sure this is the year we keep all our resolutions. Funny Women returns with brand new shows this year, so stay tuned! Okay, it could be that I am just getting plain old but 2017 seems to be slipping through my fingers already. We’re way past any Happy New Year greetings and any questions about how Christmas was is going to get some strange looks. We aren’t talking celebrations anymore! We’re busy detoxing – or explaining…

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THE FUNNY WOMEN DIARIES #8: OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY

This December in our Funny Women Diaries, Kate reflects on why she is not a fan of office Christmas parties, a busy year at Funny Women and taking part in the BBC’s 100 women Wikipedia editathon. Christmas is coming! We will be celebrating this at Funny Women after our busiest year yet, by going for a training day in CMS, rounded off with drinks and there is talk of going to see DICK: The Adult Panto… OH NO we aren’t! I’d like to say, but it’s rude to go against the office organised Christmas fun,…

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THE FUNNY WOMEN DIARIES #7: STAYING INSPIRED BY BADASS WOMEN

This November in our Funny Women Diaries, the Funny Awards may be over but the funny woman Kate is not resting on her laurels with plenty of upcoming events and planning for looming 2017. 2016 has been a year of crappy news but she’s staying inspired to continue the Funny Women by two compelling BBC documentaries about badass women. Having repeatedly mentioned how busy we are at Funny Women HQ because of the Ed Fringe and then the Funny Women Awards you might think this diary entry will be all about resting on our laurels….

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CAROL WALSH SHARES HER SECRETS TO WRITING GOOD COMEDY

The Funny Women Awards season has come to a close and a new batch of comedy winners have emerged. Meet Carol Walsh who won the Comedy Writing Award for her script Savages. Writing about tragedy is easy – it’s comedy that is hard. We laugh at jokes but we don’t always appreciate all the hard work that goes behind it. Often comedy writing is not given its dues, which is why writing awards like this are so important to acknowledge our unsung comedy heroes. Carol Walsh is obsessed with family and uses it as a…

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PERSEVERANCE PAYS OFF FOR COMEDY SHORTS WINNER CAROLYN GOODYEAR

The Funny Women Awards season has come to a close and a new batch of comedy winners have emerged. Meet Carolyn Goodyear whose short film Ambition has just won the Comedy Shorts Award. If at first, you don’t succeed, try again. The third time is the charm for filmmaker Carolyn Goodyear whose film Ambition clinched the coveted award. Inspired by her real-life experience as an actress, Carolyn set out to make a dark comedic film about rejection and how often the person who deserves the award or job the most, doesn’t always get it. Harvey Gumball’s…

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THE FUNNY WOMEN DIARIES #6: MEET FUNNY WOMEN AWARDS WINNERS!

This October in our Funny Women Diaries, it’s time to celebrate. Kate congratulates the winners of the recently concluded Funny Women Awards 2016. We now declare Awards season over! Last week we filled KOKO in Camden to the rafters and tickled it pink with comedy for the 2016 Funny Women Awards. This was, without doubt, our biggest year yet! We had some of the best of UK comedy in to see who of our six finalists would win our coveted Stage Award. Kerry Godliman returned as our host but this year her hosting duties were a little…

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LOFT TEAMS UP WITH WRITER JESSI KLEIN FOR COMEDY SHORTS

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“Inside Amy Schumer” comedy writer and executive producer as well as NY Times bestselling author of “You’ll Grow Out Of It”, Jessi Klein partnered with women’s brand LOFT to create the mission inspired ‘Coming Clean’, a hilarious ad campaign for the clothing company. Toddlers and comics. That’s a lethal combo because both have a mouth on them. One spouts out uncomfortable truths. The other burps, drools and likes stuffing their oral cavities with anything they can get their hands on. So it kinda made sense that LOFT, the brand known for its versatile, everyday essentials, optimistic brand spirit and support…

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THE FUNNY WOMEN DIARIES #5: COMEDY, SEXISM AND AMY SCHUMER

This September in our Funny Women Diaries, Amy Schumer is in town to preview the new series of her show Inside Amy Schumer, just a few days after the comedian shredded a sexist heckler at her Stockholm show.  Kate and her team are busy reading scripts and watching comedy shorts to pick out shortlist for Funny Women Awards as their new He-Manesque legs recover from rigors of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Our leg muscles are in recovery having returned from the mountainous terrain that is the Edinburgh Fringe festival. It is not just the hilly streets,…

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MOMMY AND HER FUNNY BUSINESS

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Stand-up comedian and Tomboy Tirade co-host Joanna speaks up for the stand-up comic mothers: I talk about whatever I want on stage. I am nervous every time I get on stage. I have only one symptom: my tongue gets itchy. I would be questioning myself “Why do I get myself into this?” But clearly, it is too late. At that moment, one must focus and make it work, which is not unlike having children. Once they are out, there is no going back. You do the best you can. I have a passion for stand-up…

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THE FUNNY WOMEN DIARIES #4: EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE

This August in our Funny Women Diaries, Kate pays tribute to two fantastic comedians and heads to Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  It is full steam ahead for the Funny Women with shows to review, a regional final and a weekend academy for comedy at the Fringe Central. We are down to the regional finals now at Funny Women – so far we have three comedians from Dublin, Manchester and London heading to the Funny Women Awards finals at Koko, Camden on 28th September, as well as some exciting wildcards. We still have another regional final to go…

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THE FUNNY WOMEN DIARIES #3: PLEASURE AND PAIN

This July in our Funny Women Diaries, Kate Stone lives it up at the screening of the Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie and has a message for the talented comedians who didn’t make it through the Funny Women Awards regional finals: Don’t give up! We’re living through uncertain times here in the UK. We don’t know where we are or who we are right now as a country. So if ever there was a time for a laugh it is now. I was lucky enough to be invited to the screening of Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie….

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THE FUNNY WOMEN DIARIES #2: BRIGHTON FRINGE

This June in the Funny Women Diaries, Kate Stone checks out Brighton Fringe – a place for comedians to present their works in progress and shares with us what comedy shows to expect for the preview festival on the Good Ship Benefit. Festival season is upon us! Not the type that requires you to camp out in a tent in a field with a group of people who USED TO BE YOUR FRIENDS until the Pot Noodle incident, where tempers are frayed by late nights and portaloos. No, comedy festival season! Specifically Brighton Fringe, where…

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THE FUNNY WOMEN DIARIES #1

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Starting from May, we are launching a new comedy column, Funny Women Diaries, with Funny Women, UK’s leading female comedy community. In this first entry, Kate Stone writes about what is like to launch Funny Women Awards 2016 and how the awards help female comedians from UK get their start in comedy. It’s Monday. The Funny Women team is gathered around a table in our Covent Garden office above the Benefit Cosmetics shop. It’s 16:00. “Where are we on the agenda?” Lynne asks our intern Kat “Item three” “Great!” “Of 10” “Oh.” We have all been…

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SINGAPORE COMEDY FRINGE: IN FUNNY WE TRUST

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The Marvel Avengers are assembling for The Civil War but the superheroes in Asian comedy are here on a different mission. The annual Singapore Comedy Fringe is back and it’s bigger than ever! Bono thinks that comedy can help to fight the ISIS. And he is right. We believe comedy is a superpower in itself. Instead of sending over the usual boring suspects such as Amy Schumer and Chris Rock, we propose sending in an international team of superhero comedians to fight the war on terror. In fact, the Bono should come to down to…

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THE ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS MOVIE: BITCHING IT IN STYLE

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The Absolutely Fabulous movie is one of the summer’s most anticipated comedy films that will be a special event for all AbFab fans, so bring out your champagne glasses coz we’re going to celebrate how fun it is to be loud, glam and decadent. Get your champagne, botox, Lacroix and cocaine overdose ready because Absolutely Fabulous –  the most decadent female comedy show of the last century and this millenium, is coming back, bigger than ever – to your local theatre like now! That’s right, the badly behaved, recalcitrant duo of Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone will be hitting the big screen, with…

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SHARUL CHANNA: STAND-UP COMIC

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Doing stand-up comedy is akin to being naked under a spotlight and asking everyone in the room to be your date. Razor sharp and confident, Singapore-based funny woman Sharul Channa shows how it is done, with “balls of steel” and a microphone in her hand. The stand-up comedy scene is taking off big time in Asia. But there is just one problem when you look at the acts under the spotlight: Where are the female comedians? Thankfully, times are changing with more Asian women defying the cultural stereotypes and joining the men on the stage….

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WHY YOU DON’T NEED RESOLUTIONS THIS NEW YEAR

It’s that time of year again. The one where you’re taking out that notepad and writing down all your resolutions for the year. Well, you know what? Don’t bother. We go against the grain to tell you why New Year’s resolutions are a waste of your time. “Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet?” my Mum asked me last night and the first thing I thought was ‘Oh god, this must mean Santa Claus-mas Day must be over and that that old Happy New Year dinosaur must be rearing it’s ugly head somewhere down…

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PUSSY RIOT’S 2014 HOROSCOPE

Pussy Riot is the outspoken Russian feminist punk rock protest group based in Moscow have been coming under fire the last few years from the Putin government. Their struggle for freedom in the former Soviet Union is an inspiring story but for the group, it’s been a nightmare until recently when they will be released from the slammer temporarily. Here’s our predictions for the group now that they’ve become freedom icons in both the music and political worlds. Over at Tomboy Tarts, we are ecstatic that jailed Pussy Riot members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina will be…

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THE FUNNY TOMBOY NEXT DOOR

It’s true. Funny people are actually the saddest, most depressed, complex human beings on the planet but how do you deal with it? You have a laugh, as Persis Shanker, the resident comic at Tomboy Tarts writes as she re-counts how she discovered her inner funny. Check out any Shakespearean play with a fool or joker in it, legends and famous fairy tales and you’ll notice that being the resident comic in the story isn’t always what it’s cut out to be. In fact, it’s the role a lot of actors seek out to play…

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