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Get on The Wagon.TV live & online

4th December 2014

On Tuesday I had the happy pleasure of being a guest at The Wagon.TV comedy night in The Library at Shoreditch House. Being a penniless comedian, I was not going to pass up such a rare opportunity of passage into the elusive fortress of beautiful people that is Shoreditch House (although I always wear skinny jeans and act cool (is it even cool to say “cool”?!)), so off I went!

Feeling like a fraud, donning my best ‘I belong here’ face and screeching “dahhhhllliiiiing” at the top of my voice, I made it past the bearded guest list guards and up to The Library on the fifth Floor, checking out the bar for any talent on my way in, of the c…

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A Man is not a Financial Plan

A Man is not a Financial Plan

30th November 2014

Money is something a lot of us find difficult to deal with regardless of gender.  As fast as we earn it, we spend it, and saving money is not deep rooted in today’s fast moving consumer society.  Wealth is another whole ball game entirely and means different things to different people.

So we were pleased to come across this quirky book with its retro vintage cover which offers women who are insecure about managing their finances a guide to achieving some peace of mind and security.  The by-line for Mary Waring’s new book, The Wealthy Woman, is ‘A Man is not a Financial Plan’ and, we suspect quite a few women have found this out the hard way! …

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Feeling Funny, Being Human - and researching comedy well

Feeling Funny, Being Human - and researching comedy well

27th November 2014

What kind of tree is nauseated? A sick-amore.

What is the difference between a desolate amusement and a smart impact? One is a bleak show; the other is a chic blow.

These jokes were created by The Joking Computer, produced as part of a research project at the University of Aberdeen.  While they may make lame Christmas cracker gags seem like Oscar Wilde’s sharpest witticisms, the Joking Computer’s purpose is to not to be funnier than humans but to help us understand the question: What can humour tell us about being human?

This was the central question tackled by the 'Feeling Funny, Being Human’ event, held at Brunel University London on 21 November, a…

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Nudinits Knit Safe for Work

Nudinits Knit Safe for Work

11th November 2014

When I say I want to see more women in comedy, I don’t usually mean more of the body parts which make them distinctly female. I can certainly appreciate the female form in art and sculpture, but an underdressed woman on stage is more likely to make me giggle out of embarrassment.

Someone on the Funny Women team (who will remain nameless to protect the guilty) clearly has other ideas. She sent me a clip of a completely knitted comedy show in which all of the characters are naked.

Nudinits is a new online feature with both male and female characters, and I’m sure you’ll believe me when I say they’ve been knitted quite realistically. The story is set in the fi…

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Yes to Amy Poehler, Please

Yes to Amy Poehler, Please

6th November 2014

'Yes Please' is Amy Poehler's first book. She has written scripts, sketches and acceptance speeches but never a book. Until now. Where her regular comedy partner Tina Fey's book 'Bossypants' is funny, smart and chronological Amy's is funny, smart and haphazard. Some of the chapters are written by fellow comedians (Seth Meyers) and family (her mother writes of Amy's birth - which is fair enough as she remembers is in more detail than Amy). It's a great insight into the irreverent humour of Amy Poehler. 

This is not just an autobiography, this is like a highly detailed scrapbook in which Amy shares great photos from her career and childhood, alon…

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