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.

This Manchester heat is hosted by local comedian and former regular contributor to XFM’s breakfast show, Hayley Ellis.   She is a contributor Russell Howard’s Good News television programme. (Avalon Television) and has appeared on MTV’s “Why aye love Geordie Shore” and “Comedy Set Lists” for Virgin television.   She can also sometimes be heard on your wireless. (Absolute Radio) and her sketches and jokes have appeared on Newsjack (Radio 4)   Two of Hayley’s jokes were featured in the Top jokes of the Fringe 2016 by WOW 247  https://www.wow247.co.uk/2016/08/24/jokes-one-liners-edinburgh-fringe/.    Hayley is also performing her own work in progress show ‘Mermaid’ at the Women In Comedy Festival on Friday 20th October.  hayleyellis.com

“An engaging and quick-witted performer….flashes of brilliance.”  (Fest Mag)

“Hayley Ellis is fast becoming Manchester’s Funniest female”  (Steve Wright, Radio 2)

“Destined for comedy greatness. Don’t be surprised if you see Hayley Ellis on your TV soon, and I don’t mean on Crimewatch. One of the hottest comedy prospects going.”    (Jim Salveson, XFM Manchester Breakfast Show)

See you there!

When and where



50 Sackville Street,

Manchester M1 3WF

£10/£7, Earlybird £5
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