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Win tickets to Britain's Best Recruiting Sergeant

Win tickets to Britain's Best Recruiting Sergeant

28th January 2015

At Funny Women HQ we like to make sure you are all paying attention. If you have been reading Miranda Dawe's brilliant Vintage Funny Women series you will know all about the male impersonator Vesta Tilley. Now the Unicorn Theatre have a show all about the star. 'Britain's Best Recruiting Sergeant' is a feisty, song-filled and touching look at the real-life story of Vesta Tilley - perfect for families with children aged 8+.

The Unicorn commemorates the centenary of World War One and the 150th anniversary of Vesta Tilley’s birth (1864-1952) with this musical production, specially created for family audiences.

In the show we follow Little Tilley as she…

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Ladies get serious about comedy

Ladies get serious about comedy

26th January 2015

At the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, a special panel of ‘Serious Ladies’ discussed the leaps and bounds made in the depiction on women in film and on TV. It might seem odd for Funny Women to cover something called ‘Serious Ladies’ in the first place, but these particular ladies are serious about their comedy. Woman of the moment Lena Dunham was obviously there, alongside Kristen Wiig from SNL and The Mindy Project’s Mindy Kaling.

Panels like this tend to produce handy quotes for the media to pounce on, and ‘Serious Ladies’ was no exception. We’ve also taken an interest in the main soundbite of the day, for reasons that’ll become cle…

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The Mystery of the Single Shoe

The Mystery of the Single Shoe

23rd January 2015

Have you ever spotted a single shoe in the most peculiar of places, wondered how it got there and then gone on to make up a whole murder mystery in your head?  I do. In fact I do the same with stray socks, or ukuleles for that matter .

After a busy day in London, I boarded the train home to Leeds to take my husband for his belated Christmas present to see my comedy hero John Bishop (OK, so it was more a present for me and he was just an excellent excuse to go). The train left the platform and I texted my husband to let him know that the train had departed on time before settling down to work. 

Shortly into the journey, the train started to make somewhat jerky moveme…

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That Pair impart truth about girls

That Pair impart truth about girls

21st January 2015

Comedy duo That Pair have written a song. Not just a song, a song that tells the truth about girls. Of which you had a 50/50 chance of being. Not just a song about the truth about girls but a charity single. 

To find out everything you ever needed to know about girls download the That Pair's song 'The Truth About Girls' from iTunes. 50% of all proceeds go to one of our favourite charities Refuge

To download the single and give money to Refuge click here!

 

 

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Take a Pun-t on the Ladies

Take a Pun-t on the Ladies

21st January 2015

Next month (February 2015), comedy channel Dave is running a festival in Leicester. One of the events is a pun contest – the UK Pun Championship, no less. It’s attracting considerable attention already, but not for the groan-inducing puns favoured by the finalists.

‘Several dozen’ people entered, according to Viv Groskop in 'the Guardian', and there are eight in the final. None of those entrants are female. Not one funny woman put their name down.

As a result, the main coverage of the Pun Championship is along the lines of ‘women can’t/don’t do puns’. Current champ Darren Walsh is even quoted as saying: “I don’t wa…

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