Funny Women Fest

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

Today’s host the multi award winning Sajeela Kershi is joined by Shazia Mirza, Charmian Hughes and Juliet Meyers with her dog Homer. 

Sajeela Kershi  ‘My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style’ (Maya Angelou).    Hilarious multi award-winning comedian is putting up her dukes and picking her battles! Winner of Asian Women of Achievement Award 2015 and Star of Edinburgh Award-winning show 2007.   Also has lots of energy with three shows at Edinburgh 2017.

‘Smart, funny with a mischievious glint’   Times

‘Both illuminating and funny as this born raconteur holds her audience enthralled throughout’ **** One4Review.co.uk


Shazia Mirza an award winning British stand up comedian and writer originally from Birmingham England. Although she doesn’t live there anymore because she’s doing well.   Following her critically acclaimed 2016 sell-out international tour, The Kardashians Made Me Do It, Shazia’s new show is about lies, lies and more lies; the truth is so 1980s.   Lies, truth, nudity and the periodic table: these things hold the key to the future. What do you wear? Where do you go?  And will they let you in?   You can do what you like, just don’t wear more than dental floss on a French beach.

‘Provoking laughter and large intakes of breath’.   **** Telegraph

”The Kardashians Made Me Do It’ is brave and urgent  Telegraph


Juliet Meyers (writer on The Sarah Millican Television Programme and 8 out of 10 Cats) and her dog Homer have issues.  Her Edinburgh  show is about unconditional love, anxiety, peeing on things and being a wolf.   It contains stand-up, stories, a bit of tenderness (mostly caused by bruising when the dog chased a squirrel) and the actual dog as he doesn’t like being left!  Juliet is also a paanellist on Breaking the News (BBC Radio Scotland).

‘Devilish… on the edge’ **** (Scotsman)

‘Laugh-out-loud show that resonates’ **** (Chortle.co.uk)

‘Quirky and original’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com)

‘Smart… very funny!’ (Independent)

In Charmian Hughes’ Fringe show she encounters earlier versions of herself in a comedy trip where stand-up comedy meets time travel.   What if you met your younger self?   Are you the person they wanted you to be?  She finds the answers.   Charmian is a Glastonbury Festival compere and a Comedy Award nominee.


‘Playful, poignant, painful, sweet, achingly familiar’ (Theatreview.org.nz).

‘An entertainer not to be missed, original, innovative, funny, profound, a class above’ (Stuff.co.nz).

‘A joy. Genuinely enjoyable watch’ (Kate Copstick).

‘A joyous and fun hour’ **** (FunnyWomen.com).

If there was ever a show that ticks all the diversity boxes, then Jen Wakefield’s got it all. Not only has she got the unique ability of having mixed heritage, she’s got mixed Indian heritage and she’s a woman! Although she feels like a 20 year old sprite from London, she’s closer to 30 and has realised she’s got some stuff she wants to get off her chest.   It’ll be a high energy hour of fun. Come and see why nobody ….puts Jen…in the corner.

‘Bringing fresh attitude to the comedy section’ (Fest).

“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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