‘Sex, Lies and Lots of Cake’ An Exploration of How to Write and Perform Female Comedy

Have you ever thought of something funny and not had the confidence to say it out loud?  Did you write it down?  Leading comedy producers, Funny Women, host an evening with four women who lead double lives as comedy writers and performers.

Rowan Pelling is the Daily Mail's sex columnist, and former editor of Erotic Review, advising middle England about such bracing topics as Brazilian waxes. She does the odd bit of broadcasting and won the 10th Anniversary Funny Women Charity Challenge earlier this year. She is stuck halfway through a memoir about her days at Erotic Towers and will do almost anything not to finish it, including stand-up comedy.

Viv Groskop first performed on stage with Stephen Fry in a Footlights show at the age of 18 and then did nothing on stage for two decades, apart from becoming a well-respected journalist. After several false starts and a lucky break hosting Jo Brand’s book tour, she started performing stand-up properly last year and was a finalist in this year’s Funny Women Awards.

Julia Streets writes and performs material based on her observations of corporate life drawn from years spent earning her pinstripes in the City.  She will be signing copies of her brand new book, ‘The Lingua Franca of the Corporate Banker’ which draws on her experiences in the high flying world of business. Julia has performed comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe and other festivals around the UK.

And introducing the winner of the 2012 Funny Women Comedy Writing Award, Sarah Courtauld. Sarah's winning script 'The Slush Pile' was loosely based on her experiences of working in a publishers and was the almost unanimous choice between the judges. Sarah has also won the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum initiative, and is a true rising star within the comedy world.

The panel discussion will be chaired by Lynne Parker, award winning producer of Funny Women, now in its 10th year of presenting great female comedy including the Funny Women Awards, showcases in London, Brighton, Manchester, the Edinburgh Fringe and other comedy and literary festivals. Lynne runs workshops for women based on stand-up techniques to improve self-confidence and presentation skills. 

Presented as part of the Richmond Literature Festival

Date: Friday 23rd November

Time: 7pm doors, 7.30pm discussion and performance

Venue: Duke Street Church, Duke Street, Richmond, TW9 1DH

Tickets: £12 to include cake generously provided by The Albert's Deli, London deli of the year. Alcoholic drinks will be available to purchase.

All proceeds to be donated to local charity, The Victoria Foundation

Kindly sponsored by Kegel 8

In assocation with the Richmond Business and Retail Association