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Girls get Creative

Girls get Creative

20th August 2014

We talked to Celine Haddad of Creative England about the new iShorts+: Funny Girls initiative!

Funny Women: Who are your favourite comediennes? Who inspires you and makes you laugh?

Celine Haddad: I like all types of humour. Melissa McCarthy looking for her boss’s balls in THE HEAT makes me laugh, but then so do both Bette Davies and Katherine Hepburn and their brand of humour. I am also a huge fan of Amy Poehler and a French actress called Josiane Balasko.

FW: Why did you choose to run the iShorts+: Funny Girls initiative and why now?

CH: If you look at the Top 200 grossing comedies over the last ten years at the worldwide box office, only 4.5% were d…

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Eton Alive!

Eton Alive!

18th August 2014

I didn’t go to Eton. I didn’t have quite the right genitalia with me to pass the entrance exam. I did, however, get onto their website. I was wondering what it takes – if you’re a boy – to get into such a prestigious institution, and the college helpfully publishes King’s Scholarship papers from previous years online. They don’t look much like exams, though. Some of these questions look suspiciously like comedy material.

Let’s have a gander at the General Paper 2 from last year, for example. The hilarity begins on page 2, with the printed note ‘[This page intentionally left blank]’ ensuring that the p…

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The 10 mid-20’s commandments

The 10 mid-20’s commandments

11th August 2014

Here follows a list of things I have seen and heard otherwise normal people in their 20s do and say. Things which I sincerely wish they would stop doing immediately. If you recognise yourself anywhere in this list, I am not going to apologise to you for it so don’t ask. And if you want a corresponding list for your own age bracket, either wait for me to get older or make the damn thing yourself. Glad we got that cleared up.

1. Thou shalt not repeatedly complain about how terrible your outfit looks today, and how much it doesn’t suit you, when you are 25 goddamn years old and have full cognitive ability. If you dressed yourself, then it’s your own fault. And if you di…

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Abi Tedder Sketches in Edinburgh

Abi Tedder Sketches in Edinburgh

11th August 2014

We have been running about the Edinburgh Festival Fringe catching shows and catching up with Funny Women alumni. We recently had a chat with Funny Women Awards 2012 finalist Abi Tedder who is starring in Minor Delays, a sketch show that promises sulky sketches and awkward moments from Abi and her fellow sketch performers Harry Michell and Joe Barnes...

Funny Women: Hi Abi, What have you been up to since you were a finalist in our 2012 Funny Women Awards?

Abi Tedder: Wow it doesn’t seem that long ago! Since then I have moved to London; I took my one-woman show ‘Anything But’ up to the fringe, have done a bit of serious theatre, continued to tout my comed…

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To sign up, or not to sign up - that is the question

To sign up, or not to sign up - that is the question

4th August 2014

An American’s review of The Poor School short course...

Four days and £295 sounds like a package for a decent city break, to most. If a little light-hearted humiliation over your ability to recite Shakespeare and self-exploration is more your speed, it could mean entering a completely new world at The Poor School. I signed up for the course after a recent break up that left me ‘stranded’ in a city full of opportunities with a week of vacation and money to burn. As it turns out, four days of hard work, ample amounts of silliness was just what I needed to reset and re-energize. 

Since 2007, The Poor School has been facilitating a…

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