Last night KOKO in Camden was in the pink for this year’s Funny Women Awards! We have been scouring the land for the UK’s funniest women all year and we took over KOKO for the winners of our regional finals from London, Dublin, Manchester and Edinburgh to battle it out for our Stage Award.
Every year we just cannot believe the amazing talent shown at the Funny Women Awards, these six finalists really raised the bar and truly they were ALL winners. Rivka Uttley opened the show and cracked us up with how to talk about your cat in public, Rosie Jones threatened to dribble on us and Harriet Braine sang about Picasso. Catherine Bohart explained transubstantiation to us, and made the subject funny. Rose Robinson introduced her to her brilliant ghost hunting character and Mickey Overman impressed us with her ideas for vampire dating apps.
But there could only be one winner and that was Harriet Braine, who showed us that comedy can be educational AND musical. This morning we suspect everyone is humming ‘Pablo, Pablo Picasso…’ to themselves.
It was a pretty starry evening all round, Kerry Godliman made a welcome return as our host and the six finalists were all introduced by their comedy mentors – a Funny Women first! Lending their expertise as mentors were Sara Pascoe, Shazia Mirza, Tiff Stevenson, Jan Ravens, Ellie Taylor and Zoe Lyons. Sara and Kerry tried out some improv moves on stage, Jan tried out her new Theresa May impression and showed us all how to do Hillary Clinton impressions. Ellie worried about her saggy boots, Zoe helped Kerry with her banter and Tiff noted that by the time she came on stage to introduce Micky Overman the room had descended into a party.
We also announced the winner of the third Comedy Shorts Award, Carolyn Goodyear who’s polished film Ambition impressed the judges. Carolyn has won £2000, the offer of industry expertise and her film will be promoted on the Funny Women channel and feature on MimoTV. You can see it on MimoTV here.
Carol Walsh won the Comedy Writing Award with her hilarious script Savages. Carol has won £2000 as well as intensive mentoring and script optioning with award winning production company, The Comedy Unit.
Funny Women founder Lynne Parker said: ““This year has surpassed my wildest dreams of how these Awards would grow. From 70 entries and one award when we launched the competition in 2003 to over 500 entrants across three awards this year is such an achievement and our winners should feel extremely proud of themselves.
“To compete at this level in a live comedy contest on a big stage is a huge challenge and Harriet Braine shone out. We were also so impressed with the winning entries for our Comedy Shorts Award, Carolyn Goodyear, and Comedy Writing Award, Carol Walsh, who both won through against some tough competition. Well done all!”
Not only did we once again prove that women are very, very funny but we raised £4,720 on ticket sales alone, all of which will go to domestic violence charity Refuge.
Thanks to Benefit Cosmetics, our finalists and all those who came to support the Awards and women in comedy. Watch this space for more information about next year’s Funny Women Awards. See you in 2017!