Meet the 2019 Funny Women Awards Finalists: Sarah Mann

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We were down south in Brighton for our second 2019 Funny Women Awards semi-final, hosted by Julie Jepson at the lovely Komedia where we hold a monthly showcase Brighton Nights. The competition was especially fierce for this heat and Awards founder Lynne Parker noted that any one of the comedians who performed that night could have gone through, but there could only be one winner on the night and that was trombonist Sarah Mann…

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

Sarah Mann: I’m very excited to be in the final!  The line-up was so strong in the Brighton semi-final that I was just happy to be there and having a nice time, anything else is a bonus.

FW: Describe your comedy to us.

SM: I mostly just talk about me or things that have happened to me or that have come up in conversation.  Luckily, I have had lots of weird jobs which is a great place to start.

FW: What inspired you to start doing stand up?

SM: I always thought I would like to do something in comedy.  In my teens, I really wanted to be in a double act or a sketch group – trying stand-up never even occurred to me.  I think I had assumed that it just would happen on its own and it didn’t, so I’d sort of given up on the idea.  A few years ago, I was playing trombone in an all female orchestra at the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World Festival.  On a break between rehearsals, I went out into the festival checking out all the stalls for free pens.  I picked up a leaflet (and a pen) from the Funny Women stand, and here we are!

FW: Who are your favourite funny women?

SM: One of the first solo stand-up shows I ever saw was Linda Smith.  Truthful, witty writing, perfectly delivered.  It’s hard not to go on and on about how great she was.  There are so many great acts on the circuit right now.  My favourite funny women are usually whoever I saw most recently, which at this precise moment are the team behind the excellent LOL Word (Chloe Petts, Chloe Green, Jodie Mitchell and Shelf).

Join us at the Funny Women Awards Grand Final, Thursday 19th September at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London. 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.

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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