Meet the 2019 Funny Women Awards finalists: Sian Davies

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Last week the Funny Women team were all in Manchester at the Frog and Bucket for the first of our four 2019 Funny Women Awards semi-finals! It was a tough heat, hosted by 2008 Funny Women Awards alum Rachel Fairburn, but the judges decided to put Best in Class creator Sian Davies through to the Grand final. So, meet the first 2019 Funny Women Awards finalist Sian Davies…

Funny Women: How does it feel to be through to the 2019 Funny Women Awards final?

Sian Davies: I’m absolutely delighted! One of my goals this year was to make it to the final of a big competition. The talent at the semi-final was huge and I think any of the acts could have gone through. I just caught the best of the crowd on the night.

FW: Describe your comedy to us.

SD: My material is inspired by everyday conversations with everyday people. I grew up in a working class northern family full of characters, which has gifted me with plenty of material! I enjoy telling stories and find humour in the vocabulary and turn of phrase that people use.

FW: What inspired you to start doing stand up?

SD: I had always wanted to be a comedian, but life had very much got in the way. When I was 34 two of my comedy heroes, Caroline Aherne and Victoria Wood, died in close succession at a young age. It struck me how much they had contributed to the comedy world and the legacy they had both left. Something clicked and I made the decision to stop putting it off for another day. I jumped in with both feet and I haven’t looked back.

FW: Who are your favourite funny women?

SD: Victoria Wood and Caroline Aherne are my absolute heroes. I can still laugh out loud just remembering one of Victoria’s songs. The ability Caroline had to capture the comedy found in the banality of life is unparalleled. I love the physicality of Jen Brister. The ability to capture the zeitgeist that Kiri Pritchard-McLean has in her shows. The energy that Suzi Ruffell brings to her performance and the laid back style of Rachel Fairburn. Fern Brady is a fantastic performer. And of course, my comedy wife and current Funny Women champ Thanyia Moore who I am performing alongside in Edinburgh.

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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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