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!”
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 talking balls with us.
There will be a comical musical interlude from Vicky Arlidge, who bills herself as more ‘football widow’ than football fan, and a guest appearance or two. So suspend you disbelief about women having a passion for the beautiful game and come and talk balls with us!
Date: Saturday 26th April 2014
Pictured top to bottom: the first ever British ladies football team; Rachel Fairburn; Emma Stroud.BOOK NOW
26th April 2014
Funny Women fills the house again at Brighton's best and brightest comedy venue, Komedia.
As always we will feature the newest and most exciting female stand up in the UK, from the Funny Women Awards and beyond!
"...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'll be announcing our line-up of winners, finalists and friends of Funny Women very soon so book now to avoid disappointment.
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
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."
Date: Sunday 27th April
Venue: Bath Cricket Club
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
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 @revanandfennellBUY TICKETS
3rd May 2014
Enjoy working with other women for a fun packed two hours. Find out how a humorous approach to life can be empowering with this introduction to the techniques of stand up. Even if you don’t fancy yourself as a performer the ‘take away’ is self confidence and enhanced communications skills.
"Thanks for a fabulous experience I had a wonderful two hours! I was also blown away by your lovely comments I really never expected anyone to think I had any talent! The experience has inspired me to think maybe I could do the Comedy Challenge."
11.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. £49.50 for two hours
Leicester Square Theatre Lounge Studio, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX.
To reserve your place for the above date please email email@example.com putting 'INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP' and date in the header.BOOK HERE!