Are you a stand up? Musical comedian? Sketch Group? Improv troupe? 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.
Funny Women is very proud to be collaborating with the Women in Comedy Festival, running five Awards heats between the 20th and 27th of October as part of the festival.
Who can enter?
The Stage Award is open to all new acts under five years performing comedy. Why not check out our 2016 Awards Final for some comedy inspiration?
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 6-min 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 5 for material, stage presence, delivery and originality.
Can I invite my friends to the heat?
Of course! We don’t have a guest list this year as without the benefit (pardon the dreadful pun…) of sponsorship, we really need box office income to help us fund these Awards. 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.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.