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.

Join host Steff Todd for our finale of the Fringe with guests Gráinne Maguire, Lorna Shaw and Kat Bond.

Steff Todd  (Comedian, Presenter) is appearing as one of gang of up and coming comedians on the CKP Lunchtime special at the Fringe.  Over a short space of time she has already made her mark, with a unique mix of sharp one-liners and celebrity impressions.   Steff is well-known on the comedy circuit and was a “One To Watch” at the Funny Women Awards in 2016.  She was winner of the “Queen of the Meme” for her online Twitter jokes, which can be found here and also a Finalist in Nando’s New Comedian of the year 2016.

“Upcoming new talent – expect to see her go far over the next year, one to watch” – Funny Women awards. “Clever, sharp celebrity impressions mixed with witty and inventive one-liners” – Stagefright Comedy.


Joaquin Phoenix, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Osama Bin Laden – there’s always been a buzz around tricky celebrity names.  In her solo Edinburgh show can Gráinne Maguire jump on the trend before she’s deported with the other EU immigrants? From one of the writers of 8 out of 10 Cats and as heard on Radio 4’s Breaking the News and More Money than Sense.   Every day she is also hosting her topical show ‘What Has the News Done For Me?’ when she is joined by three top comics who try to persuade the audience why their favourite news story is the most import of the week’s news.

‘Brilliantly fusing the personal and political… a performer who knows how to tell a story’ **** (Scotsman)

‘An original comic voice… keen for humour to be politically engaged’ (Fest)

A high-octane hour of stand-up, clowning and music. The debut show from comedian Lorna Shaw (E4, BBC Three, BBC Radio 4), one half of the critically acclaimed duo That Pair (Sketchorama BBC Radio 4, Soho Theatre, Funny Women Finalists).

A celebration of being none in a million. ‘Beautiful skits and bonkers characters’ **** (Times)

‘Strong, simple melodies and Shaw’s guitar playing and vocal ability make for an album of pop hits’ ***** (BroadwayBaby.com)

‘This was one of the best shows I saw at the Fringe. Funny, inventive, and weird.   I cannot recommend it highly enough.’  (Matthew C)

In her debut solo hour, award-winning character comic and critically acclaimed actress (BBC’s Call the Midwife, Sky’s The Greatest, Channel 4 Blaps, BBC Radio 4) Kat Bond has lost her family.  They left her in a bin, outside Papa Johns in Luton. She has made a comedy show to find out who, what and where they are. Armed with only a loo roll as a prop, she combines stand-up, characters and clowning to bring her imagined family to life.   The other half of sublime sketch duo That Pair.

***** (BroadwayBaby.com).

‘Off-beat brilliance… beautiful skits, bonkers characters’ **** (Times)

“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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