Kate Stone

Kate Stone

Meet Funny Women Awards Winner Harriet Braine

Musical comedian and archives assistant Harriet Braine was crowned the winner of the 2016 Funny Women Awards. We grabbed Harriet for a chat about her comedy, very convincing trumpet impressions and her favourite funny women…
Funny Women: How does it feel to be the 2016 Funny Women Awards winner?
Harriet Braine: It feels great, especially as my fellow finalists were all incredibly strong performers.
FW: What was it like to have Ellie Taylor as your mentor?
HB: Ellie was a superb mentor, it was so nice being able to get in touch with her whenever I had a question or a thought about my set – we had some very long rambly angsty text conversations. We had some great chats and hanging out with her in the green room was the most fun ever.
FW: Describe your comedy for our readers
HB: My comedy is songs about fairly dry subjects (mostly art history, as that’s what I studied so my brain is full of it) to familiar tunes. I throw in funny accents and characters, occasional trumpet impressions, and sometimes jokes in the talk between songs.
Harriet Braine
FW: What inspired you to go into musical comedy?
HB: I have always loved musical comedy, particularly Tenacious D, Flight of the Conchords and the beautiful Victoria Wood. I figured, I know how to sing and play some instruments, so why not?
FW: What’s next for you comedy-wise?
HB: Comedy-wise I hope to do some really special gigs, perhaps develop a decent show (based on my Edinburgh show from this year) and perform in some proper amazing venues. I really want to branch out and work with other comics, give sketch or comedy acting a go. I would love that. Also I hear Mitch Benn has left The Now Show…
FW: Who are your favourite funny women?
HB: My favourite funny women are honestly my fellow finalists. They are all gonna be huge (as Donald would say) and I love them all. In case that answer is too lame,  I’m just going to list the last few funny women I laughed at whilst browsing YouTube last night: Doon Mackichan, Holly Walsh, Jessica Hynes, Kristen Schaal, Margaret Cho, Isy Suttie… I could go on a long time. A single fave is hard to pin down.
FW: Any advice for people thinking about entering the Awards next year?
HB: My advice would be to go for it full throttle and don’t play it safe. It may be a new act competition, and it may be heavily plastered in glitter, but these judges and that crowd are primed and ready for some seriously ‘out there’ stuff – and I know there are some incredibly weird ladies out there. I want to see them!
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