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World Cup Special - No Balls Please!

World Cup Special - No Balls Please! World Cup Special - No Balls Please! World Cup Special - No Balls Please!

26th April 2014

With all the talk in the media about the BBC’s inclusion of women on our small screens and airwaves, we thought it was about time we showed them that we are just as big in the banter stakes as the boys!

And where better to do this?  We’re taking on that other bastion of male chauvinism, football!

In the run up to the World Cup in Rio this summer we’ve rounded up some fantastic female football pundits including officials, players and commentators and combined them with some brilliant comics who share their passion for the sport. 

Take 'Loose Women' and mix it up with a dollop of 'Question of Sport' and a smidge of 'League of Their Own' and what have you got?  ‘No Balls Please!’, a fun feminine look at the world of football from women in the know!  We’ve 'teamed up' (sorry...) some of our own brilliant funny women and picked the brains of Women in Football (who represent women across the whole football industry), to find some of the best female footie minds!

Our panel of football experts and fans will be hosted by Rachel Fairburn, Manchester City fan and finalist in the 2008 Funny Women Awards and feature the footilicious Emma Stroud of the Funny Women Players.

"It's going to be slicker than Pep Guardiola, sharper than Jose Mourinho's tongue and as hilarious as Manchester United's recent performance." Rachel Fairburn, Manchester City Fan.

"Football is a passion of mine, a love and a joy. I get all of that at the start of the season when my team could conceivably win something. Only to be stuck in my lifetime reality of disappointment and failure. (NUFC have not won anything since 1968 -and I was born ten years later!) - so then I watch England with hope in my heart only for failure once more." Emma Stroud, Newcastle FC Fan.

Our experts include Janie Frampton, a former player and active football referee for 23 years, and only the second woman ever to have operated within men’s professional football.  Asked about her participation in ‘No Balls Please!’ Janie says: “The love of football is cross gender and I’m a girl who knows the offside rule inside out!”

Janie's exploits on the pitch are only matched (get it?!!) by those of Louise Lee who plays for the Royal Naval Police and Portsmouth Ladies FC. Rumoured to have been born wearing football boots, Louise is a massive Chelsea FC and Portsmouth FC supporter who joined the Royal Navy in 2000 and has been a regular member of the squad ever since as goalkeeper. In 2004 she was selected for the Combined Services Squad (the best players across the RN, RAF and Army) and has toured with them in British Columbia, Canada and the USA. 

Jo Tongue Executive Producer and Talent Manager at Somethin' Else Production will also be joining us, Jo says: "I fell in love with football in the 80s when I was sucked into the glamour of Spurs by the likes of Ray Clemence, Ossie Ardiles and Glenn Hoddle. Since then I’ve endured Gary Doherty, Justin Edinburgh and Grzegorz Rasiak. All for the bargain price of a grand a season. Mugged. And yet I seem incapable of stopping the direct debit. We’ll call it an addiction. One I’ve tried to hide by simply making a career of it."

Dolly Slatemen will be taking a night off from the Mankey Bush pub and hosting a round of football bingo, and as if that isn't enough to get everybody talking balls, we also have ventriloquist act Gottla Geer, burqa-wearing football fans and best of mates. Geer said "Being smack bang in the middle of London, I should imagine it'll be full of Manchester United fans, which - given the current climate - means they'll have low expectations, so that takes a bit of the pressure off me to perform. Should be a decent night, yeah".

So suspend you disbelief about women having a passion for the beautiful game and come and talk balls with us!

Time: 9:00pm

Date: Saturday 26th April 2014

Tickets: £10/£8

Venue: Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London, WC2H 7BX

Pictured top to bottom: the first ever British ladies football team; Rachel Fairburn; Gottla Geer.

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Funny Women Brighton Nights

Funny Women Brighton Nights Funny Women Brighton Nights Funny Women Brighton Nights

26th April 2014

Funny Women fills the house again at Brighton's best and brightest comedy venue, Komedia.

 

Funny Women Awards 2012 finalist and Funny Women Player Queen of Cool Lucy Frederick hosts a night of fabulously funny women. 

Shelley Bridgeman who is "Not to be missed" according to The Scotsman will be joining Lucy alongside Funny Women Finalist 2013 Bisha Ali and
Jane PostlethwaiteNaomi Hefter is taking to the Komedia stage and the musical Vicky Arlidge is our headliner! 

"...this comedy show provides something for everyone! ...this is not a feminist, anti-male gathering and everyone is welcome. Komedia Studio is complete with cabaret style round tables, candles and a quaint bar perfect for an intimate evening of laughter." www.broadwaybaby.com

We will also be continuing our support of the brilliant local charity RISE which provides essential services for women and children who have experienced domestic violence, with a raffle and collection.

Time: doors 7.30pm for show 8.00pm

Date: Saturday 26th April 2014

Tickets: £10/£8 concs.

Venue: Komedia, 44-47 Gardner Street, North Laine, BRIGHTON, East Sussex,  BN1 1UN

 

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Funny Women presents: Mummy's Gone a bit Parental

Funny Women presents: Mummy's Gone a bit Parental

27th April 2014

Funny Women Awards 2011 Semi Finalist, Harriet Beveridge, presents a show about the highs and lows of parenting, in aid of Maggie's Cancer Centres and the Bath Royal United Hospital Forever Friends Appeal. 

Other comics may dazzle you about nights and drug-taking adventures, but Harriet's big news this week is that her five year old has discovered the ‘F’ word (“It’s ‘fart’ mummy, and it means the invisible poo that comes out of your bum.”) and the seven year old thinks the male ice dancers at Sochi were really brave “Because they’ve been forced to wear purple.”

She says: "So I am unashamedly doing a show focused purely on parenting. I’ve found a venue with comfy seats and plenty of parking, the start time is convenient for babysitters and the finish time is early enough to cope with being woken at 2.a.m to reassure youngest that there aren’t any monsters under the bed (unless he’s counting dust balls).

"Caitlin Moran has reputedly said she won’t use her children’s lives as material because it’s theirs not hers. Knickers to that. My little darlings have given me head lice, and are at least partly responsible for that episode when I opened the door to the postman with my baps out. It’s payback time."

Time: 7.30pm

Date: Sunday 27th April

Tickets: £10

Venue: Bath Cricket Club

 

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Funny Women Awards heat- London

Funny Women Awards heat- London

29th April 2014

The Funny Women Awards have been promoting female comics for over 11 years, and we've seen some fantastic acts pass through our doors who are now major names on the comedy circuit including Katherine RyanSarah Millican, Bridget Christie and Susan Calman, to name but a few. 

Join us for a unique night of comedy where you will see some fantastic new acts compete for a place in the Funny Women Awards 2014 semi-finals, and help raise funds and awareness for domestic violence charity Refuge. Come along for a chance to spot the next big thing!

 

The acts performing on Tuesday 29th April , Ryan's Bar Stoke Newington:

 

Sara Louise Campbell

Beth Friday

Sandra Hale

Denise

Kate Weston

Jenan Younis

Kitten Killers

Margaret Johnson

Vicky Arlidge

 

Date: Tuesday 29th April

Time: Doors 7pm, Show 7.30pm

Venue: Ryan's Bar, 181 Stoke Newington Church St, N16 0UL

Tickets: £5


Funny Women presents: Revan And Fennell

Funny Women presents: Revan And Fennell

30th April 2014

 

2013 was a big year for unstobbable skech duo Revan and Fennell, and now the Funny Women Variety Award winners (not to mention London Sketchfest and Sketch Club's 'Best New Sketch Act 2013' finalists) are back in 2014 to entertain with their hilarious observational, satirical and sometimes downright silly sketches. French and Saunders meet Smack The Pony!

 

"Terrific" Huffington Post UK

"Comedic genius" Remote Goat

 

Time: 9.30pm

Date: Wednesday 30th April 2014

Tickets: £10/£8 concs 

Venue: Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London, WC2H 7BX

 

Follow Revan and Fennell on twitter @revanandfennell

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