Comedy Writing Award Finalist: Lucy Trodd

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James Burns


I’m originally from Luton. My dad is an ornithologist and wildlife journalist. My mum used to be a hairdresser but retrained as a teacher. They now run a birdwatching B&B. I live with my wonderful actor husband and hilarious one-year-old giant boy in North London.

Whilst studying Performing Arts at Middlesex University my most influential module was writing stage plays. But afterwards I got distracted and worked at The Jazz Café, and for many years in advertising  (as part of work course, I had a short play performed at Soho Theatre- that’s when I really got the bug). I also wrote some topical sketches which were performed in News Revue. Studying improvisation under the brilliant tutelage of Ken Campbell I appeared at the Royal Court with him and travelled to Edmonton, Canada to perform their 53 hour non-stop improvised soap. I am a founder member of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical.

Currently I am co-running a new material night, Newborn Comedy at The Leicester Square Theatre, and working as a part-time financial administrator in a design company.

I am absolutely delighted and thankful to be short-listed for the Funny Women Writing Awards. I’ve seen many friends and peers rise to success through the support of Funny Women. It makes me feel proud to stand up and be counted among them. It inspires me to keep writing, and persevere with other film and TV ideas. The nomination makes me smile when I’m lugging a baby (and many bags) up flights of stairs, or sitting in an office chasing invoices and eating too many biscuits.  

Lucy Trodd


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Are you a budding Director? Producer? Screenwriter? Are you collaborating with friends to make a funny video? Then we are looking for YOU!

If you have a short film or sketch that you think is hilarious, then enter your work for our Comedy Shorts Award to be in with a chance of winning some life-changing support and mentoring from comedy professionals.


A 1- 6 minute film that can take the form of anything comical. It’s a great opportunity to show us your creative flair and have fun!


This award is open to all women filmmakers and content developers. The film must be an original narrative created, produced and devised by a woman, or women, although male cast and crew members are allowed.


Yes – we require all films to be 6 minutes or under, to be entirely original dialogue, to not feature brand logos and most importantly, to only use music with the written consent of the performer and/or publisher either personally or via the PRS system .


We will broadcast selected entries on our Funny Women YouTube channel and social media (so keep an eye out) and the top 10 finalists’ films will also hosted on a dedicated Funny Women Comedy Shorts Awards page on our website. We will also broadcast the final 3 entries as part of the grand final night.


Films are judged for production, concept, delivery/performance, creativity, writing and overall funniness. The top 10 films are then viewed by an independent judging panel of top television and film industry professionals who will choose one overall winner and two runners up. The final three will be invited to attend the grand final in London on the 23rd September.


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