*Watch this space for news of the 2017 Funny Women Awards*
Whether you’re an up-and-coming, a complete newbie, a stand-up, a character or sketch group, the Stage Award aims to find the best new comedy performer(s) and offers a career developing prize including money and industry support.
Who can enter?
The Stage Award is open to all new acts under five years performing comedy. Why not check out our 2015 Awards Final for some comedy inspiration?
How long is my set?
Your set is 5-6 minutes throughout the whole competition. Make sure to time your set beforehand – although we won’t pull you off stage with a comical cane (health and safety conscious, obvs), but you will be disqualified if you go over the 6-min mark.
How is it judged?
The first round heats are judged by the audience. The regional finals are judged by a panel of industry bloggers, bookers and promoters. The final is judged by an illustrious bunch of industry honchos including top agents, commissioning editors and producers on 28th September at Koko, London. Acts are marked out of 5 for material, stage presence, delivery and originality.
Can I invite my friends to the heat?
Of course! If you would like to bring along a friend for moral support (preferably one with a really loud laugh), you get one free guestlist place. Additional guests can come and cheer you on by making a donation to domestic violence charity, Refuge, on the door. The suggested donation is £5.
Help! I’m totally new to comedy!
Every year we delighted by the number of women who choose the awards as their first foray onto the comedy stage. We try to keep the atmosphere at our gigs as friendly and relaxed as possible, so you’ll be in good company. We run workshops and Time of the Month drop-in nights throughout the year to support new talent, so if you want some extra help before your gig just get in touch.