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 heat is hosted by the engagingly loud Annette Fagon who grew up in the midlands of the 1980’s, the daughter of a Jamaican newsagent mother who encouraged drama and theatre while Annette attended University.   This and a variety of odd jobs, disability support worker, theatre house manager, comedy club waitress has informed her odder job as stand-up comedian.  Her material covers everything from hoodies, mobile phone habits to Beyonce’s mental state.   She was a nominated Best Newcomer at the BECA Awards and a Midlands Stand Up runner up.

“With this sort of retro observational comedy, she’s just like Peter Kay would be – well, if he were female, black and from Leicester”    (Chortle)

See you there!

When and where


50 Sackville Street,

Manchester M1 3WF

£10/£7, Earlybird £5
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