Meet 2017 Funny Women Awards Finalist Susan Riddell

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The standard of the 2017 Funny Women Awards Regional Finals has been exceptional. In recognition of this, we are pleased to announce four wildcards – bringing the 2017 Funny Women Awards finalists up to 10. Even the Beast from the East couldn’t stop Susan Riddell being picked from her Manchester Regional Final as another wildcard who will go through to the Funny Women Awards Final on 12th March.

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

Susan Riddell: Very exciting! Hopefully the snow buggers off for the final so I can actually get on stage this time!

FW: How did you get started in comedy?

SR: I started off writing comedy sketches with no intention of performing them, but quickly realised I couldn’t afford to pay actors so I reluctantly decided to act in them. After that I tried stand up for the same kind of reason. I had all these ideas and it was the easiest way to get them out there.

FW: Who is your comedy inspiration? 

SR: I’m not sure I have one but my family and pals are funny. They give me ideas all the time. Daft stuff inspires me.

FW: Who are your favourite funny women?

SR: It changes all the time. I just watched Lynn Koplitz Netflix special and I loved it. Same goes for Jen Kirkman. I love the Birthday Girls sketch group too.

You can see Susan Riddell at the 2017 Funny Women Award Finals with host Jan Ravens on 12th March at the Duchess Theatre. For tickets click here! 

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Funny Women NextUp…Comedy Shorts Award

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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