Meet the 2019 Funny Women Awards Finalists: Jen Ives

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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