Meet the 2019 Funny Women Awards Finalists: Jen Ives

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The standard was very high at our Brighton semi-final at Komedia, but Jen Ives was one of the acts who stood out and she will be going through to our Grand Final! 

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

Jen Ives: It’s really exciting. Funny Women is such a great, supportive organisation, which has encouraged me ever since I first entered back in 2017. I’m overwhelmed to have made it to the final this year, and I’m really happy to be in such good company with loads of comedians I genuinely love.

FW: Describe your comedy to us.

JI: I mainly talk about whatever is going on in my life at that moment – whether it’s navigating the world as a trans woman who wants to buy maternity wear, or trying to figure out how I feel about gay penguin adoptive rights – I try to keep people guessing as to what my point of view will be.

FW: What inspired you to start doing stand up?

JI: I started in early 2017. I had come out of a long term relationship, so was living alone for the first time. I was spending more time on my own than I was used to, and ended up writing jokes to pass the hours. One day, I realised that I had written all these jokes, but didn’t know what they were for. So, I decided to try them at an open mic in Brighton. With encouragement from the local scene, I haven’t stopped since.

FW: Who are your favourite funny women?

JI: Sarah Silverman is great, especially how she subverts people’s expectations of her. I really love Julia Davis as a writer and character actor, also. I think Daisy May Cooper from This Country is incredible.

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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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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