TOMBOY TARTS: COMEDY

THE FUNNY WOMEN DIARIES #13: THE HEAT IS ON!

This November in our Funny Women Diaries, the heat is on for The Funny Women Awards! Kate goes on a quest to find the funniest women in UK. The heat is on at Funny Women. We have launched our annual Funny Women Awards and are currently running the first heats across the country to find the best new talent in female comedy. We have held heats in London and Exeter so far. I am currently in Dublin, where we ran a double heat at Chaplin’s comedy club. We will repeat the same thing tonight to…

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THE FUNNY WOMEN DIARIES #12: A NIGHT AT KOMEDIA

This August in our Funny Women Diaries, Kate is heading up to Edinburgh for the festival fringe and taking over the producing of the Funny Women monthly showcase at Brighton in her quest for comedy domination. Any takers for a night at Komedia? Having just recovered from the Brighton Festival Fringe in May, where I saw some amazing comedy talent, I’m preparing to head up to Edinburgh for the famous comedy rite of passage that is the festival fringe. If you are someone who is very organised, who colour codes spreadsheets and never has more…

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THE FUNNY WOMEN DIARIES #11: AFTER THE LONDON ATTACK

This March in our Funny Women Diaries, Kate reflects upon the London attack, how we can survive and support each other during these strange and unstable times and why comedy is still important, even in tragedy. I am writing this the morning after the attack in London in which some people died and others were severely injured. A friend who works in the Westminster area shared his joy at seeing one survivor being pulled from the Thames. One. How do we survive these strange and unstable times? What do we do? How do we support each other?…

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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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