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Brighton Journal | June 19, 2019

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Do you have what it takes to become the next big female comedian?

Do you have what it takes to become the next big female comedian?
Lorraine Bigi

Funny Women Awards is coming back in 2019 for its 16th edition, with the aim of discovering the newest British female comedy talent.

The competition opened this month and will last until June, taking place in Brighton and other cities across the UK and Ireland, including London, Edinburgh and Dublin.

Aspiring Brighton comedians who have been successfully selected will have their heat on the 25th of May at Komedia, as part of Brighton Fringe.

Some of the previous contestants went on to become established names in the comedy world: Katherine Ryan, Sara Pascoe ans Sarah Millican have all been winners and finalists of the Funny Women Awards.

Described as “A rite of passage for women in comedy” by Viv Groskop, a 2012 finalist, the talent show aims to empower women in comedy across performance (Stage Award), writing (Writing Award) and filmmaking (Comedy Shorts Award).

The public is also involved in one of the categories, Best Show, where they can nominate their favourite performer.

After a little break to rework and attract new partners to ensure the future of the Awards, we are back with a new format that opens up the competition to even more women than before. Video submission makes entry to the Stage Award more accessible, and each of our live heats will be a showcase of the best new talent around.


Women already have a strong and important voice in the comedy industry and so many of today’s big names have taken part in the Awards at the beginning of their careers. This year will be no exception when it comes to trailblazing talent.

Lynne Parker, Funny Women Founder

The regional finals will take place across July and August, and the final will be held in London in September (dates yet to be announced). You can find more information about Funny Women on their official website.

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