Funny Women 2017

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Funny Women Awards Heats Start – New Record Set!

Entering their fifteenth year, the Funny Women Awards have received a record number of applicants (the Stage Award alone has had over 400), with the closing date for entries on Saturday, September 30th. The search for the next female comedy icon (previous winners and finalists have included Katherine Ryan, Zoe Lyons, Jayde Adams, Desiree Burch, Harriet Braine, Sara Pascoe, Sarah Millican and Susan Calman) will start on Sunday 1st October in London. The heats will also visit Exeter, Dublin, Manchester, Perth (Scotland) and Wolverhampton, with the last heat taking place in Brighton on November 25th. The charity final will be held in March 2018 at the illustrious Lyric Theatre in London.

This year Funny Women will have a new charity partner, UN Women National Committee UK, and, inspired by UN Women’s renowned HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality, the six 2017 Stage Award finalists will be mentored by six well-known male comedians. This follows 2016’s successful pairing of the finalists with celebrity female comedians, including Sara Pascoe, Ellie Taylor, Jan Ravens, Zoe Lyons, Tiffany Stevenson and Shazia Mirza.

Laura Haynes, Chair, UN Women National Committee UK said: ”We are delighted to confirm the Funny Women Awards as one of our signature events for HeForShe London Arts Week 2018 in support of UN Women. We know that the only way to achieve real change is to influence culture. The arts guide and reflect culture by helping people to re-think established norms and explore challenging topics in a thoughtful way. And laughter, when shared, can help to unite people. As well as making us laugh, the Funny Women Awards will be helping to open minds and encourage action.”

In addition to the Stage Award result, the winners of the Comedy Writing Award, the Comedy Shorts (film) Award, the Audience Favourite Award and the Best Show Award (for full-length shows during 2017) will be announced on the night of the final. More information about the Funny Women Awards can be found here:


Funny Women founder, Lynne Parker said: “I am immensely proud that the charity final of the 2017 Funny Women Awards will be a signature event during UN Women’s HeForShe Arts week next year. We will be supporting the movement throughout the awards heats over the next two months with collections, and by encouraging more men to advocate for women in comedy.”

“We have received a record number of entries this year across all four categories and over 400 women are signed up to compete in live heats for the coveted Stage Award.”

“Women have such a strong and important voice in the comedy industry and so many of today’s big names have taken part in the awards at the beginning of their careers. I am excited to see who comes next!”



Sunday, 1st October – Phoenix Artist Club 

Sunday 8th October – The Bill Murray

Saturday 4th November – The Bill Murray

Sunday 5th November – Phoenix Artist Club

Wednesday 8th November – The Betsey Trotwood

Friday 10th November – Hoxton Hall

Wednesday 15th November – The Betsey Trotwood

Sunday 19th November – Phoenix Artist Club

Wednesday 22nd November – The Betsey Trotwood

West Country 

Saturday 14th October – Phoenix, Exeter


Tuesday 17th October – Chaplins Comedy Club, Dublin

Wednesday 18th October – Chaplins Comedy Club, Dublin


North West – Manchester Women in Comedy Festival 

Friday 20th October – Tribeca, Manchester

Monday 23rd October – Tribeca, Manchester

Wednesday 25th October – Tribeca, Manchester

Thursday 26th October – Tribeca, Manchester

Friday 27th October – Tribeca, Manchester

Scotland Heat

Sunday 29th October – Perth Concert Hall, WOW Perth

Midlands Heat 

Wednesday 1st November – Funny Things, Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton

South East Heat

Saturday 25th November – Komedia


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