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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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Intermission Youth Theatre presents H.M.P. Macbeth

Intermission Youth Theatre presents H.M.P. Macbeth

30th October 2013

Although based in Kensington, Intermission Youth Theatre have been working with teenagers all over London since 2008. The group engages with young people from London’s inner-city communities who are at risk of offending or who lack opportunity. Through drama workshops, they stage plays inspired by Shakespeare and devised and performed by young people in the group.

IYT’s latest outing, H.M.P. Macbeth, is a modern retelling of one of the Bard’s most famous plays. Set in a female prison, Macbeth is an officer loyal to his Governor. But after an encounter with strange inmates who foretell that Macbeth will one day run the prison, the tables begin to turn. Together with h…

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Where Are They Now- Katherine Ryan

Where Are They Now- Katherine Ryan

1st February 2012

 

Since winning, Canadian comic Katherine Ryan  has been busy gigging all over the place, starring in Channel 4’s comedy series Campus and being a mum.

How did it feel to be crowned by Funny Women in 2008?

I was happy and really surprised.  The audience was also surprised. 

How has your comedy career changed since winning the award?

I had just started stand-up comedy when I won the award, and loads has changed since then.  Funny Women provided me with lots of friends, advice, and exposure but I mucked up the momentum by growing a little baby person inside of me.  I had to take a break, but it wasn't long before I was able to star…

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Saunders & Balding: Live!

Saunders & Balding: Live!

29th October 2013

If you need any convincing to buy Jennifer Saunder’s new autobiography ‘Bonkers: My Life in Laughs’ (what’s wrong with you?!) or are simply a fan then this is the interview for you. Today from 12 noon you can watch Clare Balding interview Jennifer Saunders at the Southbank Centre book launch on a live stream and then on demand. Or you can have a sneak peek here of the best bits! 

Clare, whose own autobiography, Jennifer told Decca Aitkenhead, was instrumental in inspiring her decision to write the book: "Oh fuck it, I can write a book. I like Clare Balding's book, Dawn [French] has written a book, and I just thought, I'm going to write a book.…

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Vintage Funny Women Awards: Hattie Jacques

Vintage Funny Women Awards: Hattie Jacques

28th July 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, Yorkshire’s Marti Caine, Music Hall star Vesta Tilley and the great Judy Garland. This month we are looking at the Carry On star Hattie Jacques.

Carry On films now feel dated and sexist to put it mildly, but there were two pillars of strong woman-hood in Joan Sims and Hattie Jacques. There was no messing with these ladies but Hattie did also have a soft side and she played the sex-kitten much better than Barbara Windsor ever could.

Hattie Jacques wa…

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