2016 Funny Women Awards Mentors Announced

Funny Women are over the moon to announce our all-star celebrity mentors for the Funny Women Stage Award!

We’re delighted to have Sara Pascoe, Shazia Mirza, Tiffany Stevenson, Ellie Taylor, Doon Mackichan and Zoe Lyons as mentors and role models for our Stage Award finalists.

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Here’s what our mentors had to say about their new roles in the upcoming awards:

“There’s an incredible range of female comedians involved in Funny Women, it’s an amazing showcase of talent” 

– Zoe Lyons, Funny Women Award Winner 2004

“Funny Women has supported, encouraged and created an open creative space to inspire confidence in women to fulfil their comedic potential”

– Shazia Mirza

“I love women. I love funny ones the most and I’m so pleased to be part of something encouraging the new exciting generation”

– Sara Pascoe, Funny Women Awards Runner-Up 2008

“Funny Women offers a vital, supportive network for new female comics whether it’s stand-up, sketch or character based. I can’t wait to see all the brilliant new talent”

– Tiffany Stevenson

 “I’m absolutely delighted to be part of this year’s Funny Women awards supporting Refuge. I can’t wait to mentor some upcoming female comedy talent, mostly so they’ll employ me in the future”

– Ellie Taylor

“We are still, as women in comedy, operating in a pretty medieval environment. One woman per panel show, one woman on a bill full of men, one female let sitcom for ever ten men’s stories. Let the much needed tidal wave of comedy begin, get on your surf boards ladies, I will see you on the beach!”

– Doon Mackichan

Our founder Lynne Parker explained, “all of the mentors have a huge work ethic and are connect with Funny Women through the Awards or the many shows we’ve produced over the 14 years. It means so much to all of us to have their support”

The 2016 Funny Women Awards finals will take place on the 28th September at Koko in Camden, with the brilliant Kerry Godliman as compere for the night. Tickets for this fantastic night of brilliant comedy are just £18* available now and all proceeds go to Refuge.


And if reading this has tickled your comedy fancy you can still enter the Funny Women Awards here! Registration close midnight on the 1st June 2016.


* plus standard booking fee