Are you a stand up? Musical comedian? Sketch Group? Improviser? Character act? Clown? Cabaret performer? Whatever genre your comedy style, Funny Women is looking for you!
Whether you’re established, up-and-coming or a complete newbie, the Stage Award aims to find the best new comedy performer(s) in the UK and our prizes offer career development and industry support.
Who can enter?
The Stage Award is open to all new acts under five years performing comedy.
How long is my set?
Your set is 5-6 minutes throughout the whole competition. Make sure to time your set beforehand – although we won’t pull you off stage with a comical cane (health and safety conscious, obvs), you will be disqualified if you go over the six-minute mark.
How is it judged?
The first round heats are judged by the audience. The regional finals are judged by a panel of industry bloggers, bookers and promoters. The final is judged by an illustrious bunch of industry honchos including top agents, commissioning editors and producers and will be held in London. Acts are marked out of five for material, stage presence, delivery and originality.
Can I invite my friends to the heat?
Of course! We charge a nominal ticket price of between £5 and £12 depending on the venue and ask our audience members to participate by completing a judging form and giving us feedback on all the acts. Please ask your friends and family to come along and support you, and in return they are supporting us to keep this amazing competition going.
Help! I’m totally new to comedy!
Every year we delighted by the number of women who choose our Awards as their first foray onto the comedy stage. We try to keep the atmosphere at our gigs as friendly and relaxed as possible, so you’ll be in good company. We run workshops and Time of the Month drop-in nights throughout the year to support new talent, so if you want some extra help before your gig just get in touch.
For general enquiries relating to the Funny Women Awards please email firstname.lastname@example.org.