This October in our Funny Women Diaries, it’s time to celebrate. Kate congratulates the winners of the recently concluded Funny Women Awards 2016.

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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 different. Kerry shared her presenting duties with our handpicked comedy mentors, experts from the comedy scene who had shared their knowledge with the finalists. Instead of Kerry, comedian Zoe Lyons (2004 Funny Women Awards winner!) to introduce her mentee Rivka Uttley to the stage. Next up writer and comic Sara Pascoe brought her mentee Rosie Jones on. Harriet Braine was introduced by her mentor TV presenter and stand-up comedian Ellie Taylor. Sadly the comedian Shazia Mirza was in Singapore on the night and so instead sent a note of support to Catherine Bohart. The impressionist Jan Ravens taught us how to do a Hillary Clinton impression before bringing Rose Robinson on and stand-up Tiff Stevenson was clearly a fan of her mentee Micky Overman.

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   FROM LEFT: COMEDY WRITING WINNER CAROL WALSH, STAGE AWARD WINNER HARRIET BRAINE AND COMEDY SHORTS WINNER CAROLYN GOODYEAR

Every year our finalists raise the bar for new comedy and this year was no different. I cannot emphasise enough that this year all the finalists were amazingly strong, do check them out, you will not be disappointed. But unfairly there can only be one winner and that was musical comedian Harriet Braine, who impressed the judges with her educational comedy songs about art history.

We also announced the winners of the Comedy Shorts category, which I introduced to the Awards three years ago. This year again we had some great entries. But it was Carolyn Goodyear’s film Ambition that pipped the others to the post. You can watch Ambition and the other shortlisted films on MimoTV.

Carol Walsh won the Comedy Writing Award with her script Savages.

It was a great night and not only did we enjoy some fabulous comedy but we also raised over £4000 for the domestic violence charity Refuge. But there’s no time to rest, onwards and upwards for the 2017 Funny Women Awards!