Meet 2017 Funny Women Awards Finalist Amy Mason!

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We were at the Komedia in Brighton on Saturday for our penultimate Regional Final, with the brilliant Julie Jepson. Cat Neilson was the first in a line up dominated by mothers, as runner-up lowkey parent Katherine Atkinson noted. Sal Drummond cracked jokes about people’s response to her pregnancy and autism. Cat-calling got turned on its head by the hilarious Simone Belshaw while Susie Steed worried she wasn’t being very politically active. Adele Cliff impressed us with her witty writing and Louise Leigh added to the mum count – talking about being an older mother. Runner-up Maisie Adam had us in fits of laughter and Jen Ives cracked us up with her vocal feminisation exercises. Melanie Drew’s friend Wendy had a time of it experimenting with PVC and Cressida Wetton explained how to make typing sexy. But it was Amy Mason who won us over and is our latest finalist.

Funny Women: How does it feel to be through to the Funny Women Awards final?

Amy Mason: I am absolutely delighted and totally gobsmacked. I properly cried when they announced my name and made a teary motivational speech like I was Oprah or something, telling everyone they could achieve their dreams – I had necked three glasses of wine after my set. I used the Funny Women Awards as something to aim for when I started comedy. The other acts were incredible so I’m totally honoured to go through.

FW: How did you get started in comedy?

AM: My ultimate dream has always been to be a stand-up, but it’s taken me a while to get here! I was already a writer and theatre-maker. I wrote a novel called The Other Ida and made two autobiographical spoken word shows with Bristol Old Vic. The last one, Mass, was me leading my own version of a Catholic Mass complete with Strongbow instead of communion wine, and as it progressed more and more jokes crept in, but still I didn’t feel brave enough to make the move into stand-up. After I had my daughter I got really depressed but read Viv Groskop’s inspirational book I Laughed, I Cried and saw how she managed to make a career in comedy with young children. I started going to open mic nights and found it was perfect for me and also ideal if you’ve got young kids and your partner works in the day – you can go out when they get home so you don’t need childcare. The open mic scene is incredibly supportive and I’d really encourage other women – and depressed people – to give it a go.

FW: Who is your comedy inspiration?

AM: I have always loved Jo Brand and find the way she has combined a career as a stand-up, actor and writer really inspirational. Carrie Fisher was also completely brilliant and I admire how she wrote so frankly about mental illness.

FW: Who are your favourite funny women?

AM: Julia Davis, Desiree Burch, Sophie Hagen, Bridget Christie, Amy Poehler, Daisy May Cooper from This Country, French and Saunders (obvs), Sindhu Vee, Abi and Ilana from Broad City, Sara Pascoe.

The 2017 Funny Women Awards Charity Final is at the Duchess Theatre with our host Jan Ravens on 12th March. For tickets click here! 

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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.

WHAT KIND OF FILM ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

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!

WHO CAN ENTER?

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.

ARE THERE ANY ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR MY FILM?

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 https://www.prsformusic.com/ .

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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.

HOW IS IT JUDGED?

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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