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An Observation: Jongleurs

An Observation: Jongleurs

30th September 2014

I’ve finally been to Jongleurs in Camden, and as far as the comedy went it was a bit of a mixed bag. Something did bother me a bit, though.

All four acts on the bill that night were men. That’s not a terrible thing in itself: there are a lot of people out there trying to make it in comedy, male and female. But I did wonder how often that’s the case.

When I got home, I looked at the Jongleurs website to see how many upcoming shows included a female act. The site lists all shows across all venues on one page, so it’s pretty easy to check.

Not including the ‘secret’ acts where there’s no way to tell, for October 3rd and 4th I counted six …

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POF Filter System

POF Filter System

25th September 2014

Having written an instructive little piece on dating apps and how to wheedle out the dodgy men for this site I've realised that, on reflection, I was slightly unfair to focus on the men. In some cases women can be just as crafty when it comes to luring in a male via the magical medium of online dating. You could be chatting away to a curvy blonde with a love for baking and house music, or perhaps a brazen brunette with perky boobs and a passion for outdoor pursuits but end up picking up the bill for someone three sizes larger than her pictures, who's never gone for a jog let alone participated in that triathlon she claimed was the reason she didn't text back for hours and whos…

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The Reward of the Awards

The Reward of the Awards

15th September 2014

On Monday 22nd September we will be holding the 12th annual Funny Women Awards. Some fantastic women have come through our flagship annual competition including Katherine Ryan, our host for this year’s event, who won in 2008 and is now a regular on television and radio. BBC Radio 4 wouldn’t be the same without 2006 finalist Susan Calman and can you imagine the comedy scene without 2005 runner up Sarah Millican

Other women who have graced the Awards before going on to make a name for themselves in comedy are Sara Pascoe, Bridget Christie, Roisin Conaty and Kerry Godliman. And those are just the finalists! 2007 Winner Andi Osho is in America working on various project…

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Pub Quiz Dignity

Pub Quiz Dignity

15th September 2014

There’s something about the words ‘pub quiz’ which brings out the worst in people.

I love pub quizzes – I used to go with my family all the time. My ability to remember things that are usually no use to anyone suddenly comes in really handy. For your average pub quiz I don’t get too competitive. I get a little anxious about being able to hear the questions properly, and that’s about it. It’s a bit of fun, but nobody really wants to come last unless they like wooden spoons.

There was recently a charity quiz at work, so I went along to the pub and nestled in with a team. We all agreed we were there for a laugh, drinks and some conversation. …

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Just a Girl

Just a Girl

12th September 2014

Around 2.45pm every day throughout August in a tiny room at the Pleasance, Alice Roots of all-female performance group Figs in Wigs clenched a microphone between her knees and bent double to speak into it. “Someone described us as ‘very, very silly girls’” she says. “And they were being serious”. In the audience we laughed knowingly. Knowing that it happens, knowing that we’re better than that. Knowing that we would never do that, never say something like that. We get it.

But do we get it? That ‘someone' was a female journalist writing for a national newspaper. Someone who would have been seeing up to eight Edinburgh fringe performan…

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