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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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When I Grow Up

When I Grow Up

9th September 2014

As anyone who’s seen my stand up set recently will know, I now define myself as being #PostLate20s. In estate agent speak, this means I was born within the eighties borders: a popular era, full of vintage character and benefiting from close links to the outer seventies.

Contrary to what I expected - particularly during the obligatory getting-pierced-and-doing-existential-angst years of youth - I’ve found age is inversely proportionate to conformity. It seems the closer you get to Being An Actual Grown-up, the less you care about becoming one. And I’ve come very close; really, I have. I mean, seriously, Indiana-Jones-hat-roll close. Like, buying ‘wine-washed&rsq…

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Fringe First Timer

Fringe First Timer

1st September 2014

One of my friends starts her comedy routine with “what is a 45 year old doing attempting stand-up?” She wouldn’t know, being 52. Well, sorry – I beat her, I’m 62 and attempted stand-up at the Edinburgh Fringe this year for the first time in my brand new comedy career. 

Accommodation and transport all sorted, I just had to worry about packing. That capsule wardrobe always seems to elude me and I ended up with stonking great case of impractical stuff.

Our flat was amazing – the only thing missing was the promised Wifi! Two dongles later (whatever they are) and we are moved to a new, more connected flat. Shame no cafetiere; wondered whether it…

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