This week on Tomboy Tirade, Siti, Joanna and Raven are running away from the Imperial stormtroopers. On the verge of being whitewashed out of existence, the troublesome trio is rescued by rebel commander and fellow funny women Desiree Burch. May the laughter be with us all!

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Team Tirade finds themselves in the aftermath of post-apocalyptic war where an atomic war has devastated the humanity and whitewashed out the entire world. A new empire has arisen and it is one that discriminates against all colour except white. Wait, is white even a colour?

So where does that leave people who want colour in their lives? It’s time to take to the streets! Joanna, Raven and Siti take matters into their hands by spraying illegal graffiti to express their sentiments. But the police arrives and things are looking bleak for the troublesome trio. Until their cavalry shows up in the form of rebel commander and funny woman Desiree Burch who quickly whicks them away with her Millennium Falcon in a recuse of comedic proportions.

But trouble is never far away as the Imperial Force is soon hot at their heels. Can the wacky tomboys and the Desiree escape with their lives and wits intact or will they be whitewashed out of existence? Will colour and laughter prevail? Listen and find out!

IN THIS EPISODE, WE TALK ABOUT:

1. MEETING DESIRE BURCH

Desiree Burch is a comedian, actor, writer and storyteller. She was raised in L.A., developed artistically in NY and currently resides in London. Her brash and energetic comedy style has been seen on NBC and E4, and made her the winner of the 2015 Funny Women Stage Award for stand-up.

As a writer and performer, she makes raw and gutsy work. Her critically-acclaimed solo show 52 Man Pickup has toured internationally and her solo piece Tar Baby won a 2015 Fringe First for new writing at the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe.

Check out her website and you also follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

   DESIREE BURCH DESTROYS AT ANGEL COMEDY IN LONDON.

2. NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

Race is the elephant in the room, can Team Tirade take the heat as they tackle it and whitewashing in Hollywood head-on?

  • On an American Airlines flight from Philadelphia, An Italian Ivy League economist was flagged by a passenger to the crew as being a possible Middle Eastern terrorist. Guess what? The threatening notes he was scribbling down turned out to be maths,
  • Last month, Margaret Cho, Constance Wu, along with several other Asian creatives joined led a discussion on twitter, calling upon the Hollywood decision-makers who refuse to cast actors of colour in more high-profile roles. The discussion’s hashtag, #whitewashedOUT trended nationwide on twitter as people shared their thoughts on the “erasure” of Asian Americans from “whitewashed” movies and how that trickles down to society at large
  • Scott Derrickson is in the hot seat lately for being the director behind “Doctor Strange” whose film has upseted the Asian community by changing the Ancient One character from a horrible Asian stereotype to a Celtic woman played by Tilda Swinton.

3. FUNNY WOMEN AWARDS

The awards that definitively answered the question ‘are women funny?’ – the Funny Women Awards – launch their fourteenth contest in March, with new categories and an exciting new venue for the final in September.

The Funny Women Awards have left a massive impression on the UK comedy scene. Previous winners and finalists include Bridget Christie, Zoe Lyons, Sara Pascoe and Katherine Ryan.

Since 2003 Funny Women has criss-crossed the country in search of the stars of tomorrow, seeing over 2500 contestants go through hundreds of heats. This year the awards will touch down in Dublin, Edinburgh, Manchester, London (with heats at venues including the pop-up, Good Ship Benefit ) and Brighton.

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   DESIREE BURCH KNOCKS IT OUT OF THE PARK AT LAST YEAR’S FINAL. © FUNNY WOMEN

Californian performer Desiree Burch carried off the Funny Women Award last year.  Since winning Funny Women, Desiree has seen her one-woman show Tar Baby carry off critical plaudits both at the Edinburgh Festival and at the Vaults Festival in London.

Desiree says: “Being a Funny Women winner has definitely been a ‘foot-in-the-door’. It’s a well-respected institution and a caring community of loving, successful women who support each other in professional endeavours. I love being part of the legacy it leaves and hope to do it proud in the future.”

To find out more about Funny Women awards, check out their website and you also follow Funny Women on Facebook, Twitter  (Hashtag: #FWAwards2016) and Youtube.

   HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST YEAR'S FUNNY WOMEN STAGE AWARD FINALS.

4. HOLLYWOOD ANTI-WHTE CASTING

Since Hollywood can’t seem to get their casting right, Team Tirade is going to show the industry how it can be done with their light-hearted Hollywood anti-white casting game.

  • After the blackface controversy with Zoe Saldana, the Nina Simone biopic was released recently with barely a whimper. It actually went straight to video.  If you were to recast the lead actress, who will you recast and why?
  • What are the race stereotypes that you are tired of seeing in the movies?
  • What do you think about a black James Bond?
  • Who is the white of the two, Emma Stone as a Hawaiian or Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson?

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