Having travelled across the UK and Ireland for the first live round of the 2019 Funny Women Awards, we have now totted up the audience and industry judges marks from each heat and can announce who, out of 433 acts, will be going through to the Stage Award semi-finals here!
Funny Women founder Lynne Parker said: “This is my 16th run of the Funny Women Awards and I am still as passionate about developing and supporting new female comedy as I was in 2003. There’s always excitement, revelations and surprises and this year is no exception.
“Our partnership with Sky has been invaluable and ensured that we could see and showcase brilliant new talent across the UK and Ireland. As we now go into the final phase we look forward to attracting even more partners to bring you the best entertainment and help us spread the word about Funny Women.”
You can see our semi-finalists at:
Greater Manchester Fringe, Frog and Bucket on Wednesday 24th July, tickets
Brighton, Komedia on Saturday 27th July, tickets
Camden Fringe London, Dingwalls on Wednesday 31st July, tickets
Edinburgh Fringe, Assembly George Square, Studio One on Saturday 24th August, tickets
Entries for the Stage Awards might be closed but there is still time to enter our Comedy Shorts and Comedy Writing Awards categories. We can confirm our incredible panel of judges for the Comedy Shorts Award will include Kate Daughton, BBC Head Of Comedy, Fiona McDermott, Channel 4 Head Of Comedy, and Sarah Asante, BBC Comedy Commissioning Editor.
Our Comedy Writing Awards Producers have secured an extremely talented and diverse cross-section of the comedy industry to judge their Awards and lead judging panel will include Farah Abushwesha, Bafta Rocliffe Founder and Producer, Kirstie Swain, writer of Channel 4’s Pure and Shobu Kapoor, award-winning comedy actor.
Seen a great comedy show – or are you in one? Nominate your favourite women-led comedy show for our Best Show Award, by 31st of August to be in with a chance to win!
The deadline for all entries to both the Comedy Shorts and Writing Awards is midnight, Wednesday 31st July.
You can join us at the Grand Final on Thursday 19th September at Bloomsbury Theatre London, where the 2019 Funny Women Awards winners for all categories will be announced! Tickets available here!