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Back Crooked Pieces' Kickstarter to help make Funny Things

Back Crooked Pieces' Kickstarter to help make Funny Things

26th February 2015

Last autumn Crooked Pieces released the pilot of the  'And Then She Said A Funny Thing' podcast - a brand new audio treat designed to get brilliant work by the funniest women writers out there and into people's ears, dammit.

Now we're hoping to create loads more Funny Things, with lots of opportunities for writers to submit and develop work, get it performed and record it on a sort of modern tape thingy for the all the interweb to hear.

And we need your help!

Turns out making podcasts (not to mention writers' workshops and live recordings) is a bit pricey.

So we've launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise the dollar to make 'Funny Thin…

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A good year for women at the Chortle Comedy Awards

A good year for women at the Chortle Comedy Awards

25th February 2015

This year’s Chortle Comedy Awards nominations have been announced, and we’re heartened to see a plethora of ace female comedians who have made the list this year. Including some winners and finalists from our own Funny Women Awards!

A few notable ladies include 2004 Funny Women Awards winner Zoe Lyons who is up for the Best Compere award and Francesca Martinez’s ‘What The **** is Normal?' is up for the Book Award.

The fantastic Luisa Omeilan, Katherine Ryan, Bridget Christie and Dawn French are all in the running to win awards for their radio and live shows.

It's really been a bumper year for female comedians breaki…

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#GiveHerMore...Money

#GiveHerMore...Money

23rd February 2015

Let's be frank, it's not just the stars sitting in the audience that sometimes find the Oscars a little dull. Those of us who watch at home (without even the incentive of a goody bag or a stunt double to take over when we pop to the loo) occasionally allow the thought to cross their mind that maybe this is dragging somewhat, whether or not you've designed a drinking game based on doing a shot every time the charming Jennifer Lawrence falls over. 

However, this year a couple of things caused us to prick up our ears and pay attention - and we aren't talking about Neil Patrick Harris's pants

Reese Witherspoon kicked off the Academy Awards celebrations …

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UK humour everyone's cup of tea

UK humour everyone's cup of tea

23rd February 2015

The Great British sense of humour can be a bit difficult for people to understand. Not everyone gets the hilarity of someone accidentally dropping their monocle into a cup of Earl Grey.

BBC Worldwide asked 10,000 people why they watch UK TV shows, and apparently most of them do because we’re funny. The majority of people polled in China, America, Australia and Germany switch to BBC Worldwide for a dose of the giggles.

Now, not all comedy can be easily translated. Take the humble pun, for example. I remember trying to tell the “A bear walks into a bar…” joke to my Japanese housemate, and it took over an hour. What works beautifully in one language can be ho…

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WiJ announce Georgina Henry Award shortlist

WiJ announce Georgina Henry Award shortlist

11th February 2015

Women in Journalism has announced its shortlist for the WIJ/Georgina Henry inaugural prize for innovation. Georgina Henry, who died in February 2014, was a founding member of Women in Journalism, deputy editor of the Guardian and launch editor of Comment is Free. The award has been established in her memory. 

The judges received an impressive 72 entries featuring very diverse projects. They were looking for a flair for story telling and an innovation in the story delivery. They also wanted evidence of impact and a worked out plan for what the £4000 prize money would be spent on. They hoped to find a project that combined Georgina Henry's passion for women and her work on…

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