2017 Funny Women Awards Heat: Manchester

This is our 15th year of running the Funny Women Awards and once again we’re on the road across the UK and Ireland to find the newest and best female comedy talent.

We are very proud to be producing this heat in partnership with the Women in Comedy Festival, Manchester.

We have some incredible alumni including Zoe Lyons, Kerry Godliman, Bridget Christie, Susan Calman, Katherine Ryan, Sara Pascoe, Jayde Adams, Desiree Burch and last year’s winner, Harriet Braine, who is already making a name for herself.

Our much sought-after Stage Award focuses on a series of live heats where each act performs five minutes of comedy in front of an audience.  You could follow in their footsteps by taking part or come along and support the next brilliant crop of female performers and watch them take their first steps towards comedy glory.

Register here if you want to take part or book now to be in the audience.

Our host for this heat is multiple Canadian Comedy Award nominee Allyson June Smith who has been tickling Canada’s comedy scene from the moment she put down the chalk brush and picked up a mic.  This former teacher’s credits include her own hour long Comedy Now special, appearances on CBC Radio’s hit show The Debaters, and the Winnipeg, Halifax and Just For Laughs Festivals, to name just a few.   More recently she has brought her sassy blend of in-your-face stand-up and hilariously insightful commentary to the UK and will be also be performing her own one hour show at the Women In Comedy Festival.   allysonjunesmith.com

“Judged the crowd perfectly, confidently pushing boundaries and then skilfully drawing the crowd back to where she wants to take them… Bloody hilarious.”  

(Hazel O’Keefe – Laughing Cows)

“Simply one of the funniest comedians I’ve ever worked with. Can play any crowd and always has them laughing their heads off. She’s gonna be a huge star”   (Jason Manford)

“yet another hilarious Canadian with great hair”   (Stewart Francis)

See you there!

When and where


50 Sackville Street,

Manchester M1 3WF

£10/£7, Earlybird £5
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