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Sister Snog Take the Challenge

Sister Snog Take the Challenge

11th July 2011

Last week saw another chapter in the development of the whole Funny Women Challenge concept that we first launched last year with our local charity partner, The Victoria Foundation. This time is was the turn of Sister Snog, a selective business club that connects like-minded women in business and beyond.  Funny Women is a 'Looking-Glass-Sister' and gave it’s time to train and mentor the five Challengers. 

Helping me to train our comedy virgins were several performers including impressionist and voice over supremo Kate O’Sullivan, singer and comic, Sara J Novak, and Bernie Morgan who is the CEO and founder of her own…

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Vintage Funny Women Awards: Judy Garland

Vintage Funny Women Awards: Judy Garland

9th June 2014

Each month I take a look at Funny Women from throughout the 20th Century – stating their case so that you may decide which to vote your favourite Vintage Funny Woman. So far we have looked at Fanny Brice, Lucille Ball and Yorkshire’s Marti Caine and Music Hall star Vesta Tilley. This month I have chosen to focus on the movie star and legend Judy Garland.

"People always thought I was funny. I was never funny. You know who was truly funny? Judy Garland. Judy Garland was funny. She made me look like a mortician." Lucille Ball

I feel slightly biased as I start to write this column. Judy Garland has been a massive part of my life ever since I used to watch he…

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No one wants to see the clown cry

No one wants to see the clown cry

8th July 2014

The adage is that tragedy plus time equals comedy. In 2012 Tig Notaro stood on stage at Largo and told an unsuspecting audience that she had that week been diagnosed with breast cancer. "I am just at tragedy right now," she said. However what followed was a set of courageously honest and blisteringly funny observations of the horrific past few months of her life, culminating in her cancer diagnosis. It would seem that the only 'time' she needed to get to comedy, was the time it took to work it out on stage before her enthralled onlookers.

We are all familiar with the cliché that comedians are damaged, moody individuals who retreat from the spotlight after each…

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Enter the Musical Comedy Awards

Enter the Musical Comedy Awards

27th October 2014

If you like to mix music with comedy in any shape or form, then this is the competition for you! Now in its seventh year, the WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards is an annual competition to support, promote, expose and celebrate the best emerging musical comedians in the UK.

Over the years, the MCAs have provided a launch pad to superstar acts such as 2009 finalists Frisky and Mannish, 2010 winners Abandoman and the 2009 winner of Best Newcomer Jay Foreman and created a thriving independent platform to celebrate the artform that is musical comedy. Other acts who have headlined the MCAs include David O'Doherty, Bo Burnham, Rubberbandits, Mitch Benn, Pippa Evans, Tom B…

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Real Funny Women Award Winner's show

Real Funny Women Award Winner's show

23rd April 2013

Funny Women first met Kristin Hallenga at the final of the Funny Women Awards in September 2012. Kris had been nominated for the Real Funny Women Award by the editor of Cosmopolitan Magazine, Louise Court, for the inspiring way that she approached both life and business with a cheeky sense of humour. Kris was the worthy winner of the Award, and was warm, funny and self-deprecating. What you would never have guessed simply to look at her is that 27 year old Kris suffers from breast cancer, which has reached stage four. There is no stage five.

Kris has used this devastating news to make it her mission to inspire a new generation of young women to check their breasts. Kris is passionate …

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