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Putting the Man in Manzai

Putting the Man in Manzai

29th October 2014

If you think women in comedy here in the UK aren’t on TV as much as they should be, you should see Japan’s male-dominated comedy scene. Manzai is a traditional stand-up comedy style, and is always performed by a duo. The ‘tsukkomi’ is the straight-laced one, and the ‘boke’ plays off that seriousness with the main brunt of the gags. The vast majority of these pairings are two men. Male/female acts, often couples, started appearing regularly in the 1960s, but even today you’re more likely to see two men partner up.

I caught part of a three-hour manzai special on the TV in my hotel room a couple of weeks ago. I ended up watching close to an h…

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Halloween Costumes: A Guide

Halloween Costumes: A Guide

23rd October 2014

It's nearly that time of year again when it's perfectly acceptable for children and adults alike to dress up like twats who have crawled from the grave and terrorise strangers into giving them sweets, lest they have their house and/or cars egged. That's right All Hallows Eve is fast approaching. A personal favourite of mine on the social/seasonal calendar as I tend to spend the majority of my working day asking people for sweets, so to have a legitimate excuse serves me well. 

Therefore, my abode, 'The House Of Dreams' as it has come to be known - owing to a history of colourful parties and house guests - is to become 'The House Of Horrors', hosting a pa…

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Where Are They Now Workshop

Where Are They Now Workshop

21st October 2014

If you have never attended a Funny Women workshop you might be wondering exactly what people get out of it. Those attending our workshop on Saturday 25th October at the King's Arms in Manchester at the Women in Comedy Festival have a chance to find out just where a workshop can take you with our evening workshop graduate show

The women joining us in Manchester have attended our workshops and gone on to become finalists in the Funny Women Awards, appear in Edinburgh shows and rubbed shoulders with the stars at the British Comedy Awards. 

Dotty Winters attended our Workshop Weekend and caught the comedy bug: "I went on after the weekend to do a gig, and then ano…

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Like Nectar

Like Nectar

16th October 2014

Like many people, I have on the side of my purse, a little zip-up compartment separate from the main stash. Easy to access, yet distinct enough to be considered a place 'for safe keeping'. It is here that I keep an important resource that can make my everyday a little more enjoyable. This is not where I keep a credit card or anything dodgy; this is my Voucher Pouch - a pouch for vouchers.

I am not ashamed; I just love vouchers. I am starting to realise that this obsession is beginning to act as a framework for my daily life; a currency by which, I take a different pleasure than the kind I would experience from your average cash transaction; b…

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Crooked Pieces release A Funny Thing

Crooked Pieces release A Funny Thing

10th October 2014

Remember that new Crooked Pieces podcast project we mentioned back in the summer? Well - fanfare please - we’re delighted to announce that Crooked Pieces have released of the pilot episode of 'And Then She said A Funny Thing...'

TA DA!

The show was created to showcase the work of female comedy writing talent, and features bite-sized sketches, songs, spoken word and more from some of the funniest women around.

Crooked Pieces were blown away by the response to their call for submissions for the pilot episode (you sent them a whopping 560!), they finally settled on a line up of 16 brilliant pieces and recorded them with a crack a team of performers and creatives in …

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