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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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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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Sketch Writers Wanted for Greater Manchester Fringe

Sketch Writers Wanted for Greater Manchester Fringe

22nd May 2013

Seeing all the talent coming in from this year’s Comedy Writing Award has been a great reminder for all of us at Funny Women that there are many talented ladies making their mark out of the spotlight too. If you’re a budding comedy writer, we’ve got some exciting news - a fantastic new comedy group is giving writers the chance to have their work showcased at the Greater Manchester Fringe.

The Ray Harryhausen Skeleton Orchestra is a group with a commitment to creating great comedy. Their current mission is to take new material from talented sketch writers, and marry it with an amazing group of actors to create a new revue. You don’t have to be an established wri…

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Men's Challenge Winner flaunts his femininity!

Men's Challenge Winner flaunts his femininity!

14th June 2013

Last night’s Funny Women Challenge the Men at the Barber-Surgeons’ Hall in the City of London was a triumph in every sense of the word – great comedy, wonderful atmosphere, historic venue, lovely food and drink and lots of laughs!  So please allow me to bask in a little pool of self-congratulation today on behalf of my talented and hard-working and loyal Funny Women Team

We’d like to share and say our own very big THANK YOU to our male Challengers for being such brilliant students and good sports.  The winner was a resounding Steven Williams who channelled his ‘cross-dressing-on-a-Saturday-night’ alterego ‘Morag’ to demo…

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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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