Funny Women Fest

Funny Women and Gilded Balloon present a feast of comedy, interviews and highlights featuring the best of the fest with a different host and line up every day.

Today join Viv Groskop with guests Jan Ravens, Ayesha Hazarika and Funny Women Award winner 2016 Harriet Braine.

Viv Groskop (BBC Radio 4) is a writer, critic, broadcaster and stand up comedian.   Following last year’s five-star sold-out run, she presents Anchorwoman, a show exploring our relationship with the news, asking why exactly all the news is so annoying at the moment. From fake news to alternative facts via digital overload and the collapse of print journalism, there might be quite a lot to say.

‘Flawless ease… witty, clever, observant’ ***** (EdinburghFestival.org)

‘Viv Groskop positively sparkles on stage’ ***** (BroadwayBaby.com)

‘Her relaxed and charming manner is completely compelling’ ***** (Chortle.co.uk)

‘Fresh and original’ (Sara Pascoe)


Jan Ravens, star of  Dead Ringers brings her much anticipated debut Edinburgh show.  Ravens brilliantly observes an array of contemporary characters, including Theresa May and Diane Abbott. Razor-sharp satire delivered with startling virtuosity.

‘Consummate impressionist’ (Times)

Best known from her work on Dead Ringers, this is Jan’s first Edinburgh show and it is an absolute, bring-the-house-down triumph.

Basing the show around her perfect impression of Theresa May, complete with rictus grin and strange walk, this is an hour which isn’t just a litany of voices, it is a little more than that. It is, in a way, a tribute to and a celebration of middle-age and growing older. At a Fringe so dominated by the 20 and 30-somethings, this in itself, is refreshing and original.      *****  The New European Newspaper

Given the way that Jan Ravens effortlessly reels off her startling array of impressions it begs the question why it has taken so long for her to branch out on her own. This is her first Edinburgh solo show and it is a masterclass in biting satire, and comedy that…    **** Broadway Baby
Joyful and poignant hour from impressionist extraordinaire…   **** The List


Politics, power and how we lost the plot.   Ayesha Hazarika MBE lifts the lid on what life’s really like behind the scenes at Westminster and, with her characteristically brutal honesty, asks what’s next for British politics. Since leaving frontline politics, Ayesha has become a sought-after commentator for the Financial Times, Guardian, Scotsman, New Statesman and Grazia. Now she returns to her stand-up roots with her one-woman show which examines the State of the Nation. With regular appearances on Good Morning Britain, Sky News, The Andrew Marr Show, Newsnight, The Agenda and The Today Programme.


Harriet Braine 2016 Funny Women Award winner,  So You Think You’re Funny? Finalist and Musical Comedy Awards Best Newcomer is presenting her debut hour of funny songs about the great and good of the art world.    Get ready to laugh, learn and loudly proclaim ‘I knew that one! He’s the one what done the Mona Lisa!’ Aren’t you clever!   If you like amusing accents, bizarre characters, a woman making trumpet noises (with her mouth), and 1980s one hit wonders, you’ll love this. No prior reading required, all materials provided.


“Funny Women celebrates women finding their voice in comedy. It’s flying the flag for funny and has launched amazing careers. It’s a joyous thing.” Stylist

“Loving what you’re doing for women – you are class acts!” Backstage

And as if that isn’t enough, we’ll also be asking you to help us raise awareness of #PeriodPoverty. Bring a packet of tampons or sanitary pads and we will be working with www.periodpoverty.scot to donate them to the nearest food bank, refuge or charity for distribution to women less fortunate than ourselves.

When and where

Gilded Balloon Teviot

Teviot Row House
13 Bristo Square

12:00 - 13:00
£6 - £9
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