Funny Women Reveal Newly Appointed ‘Matron’ Jo Brand at Awards

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Tonight Katy Brand hosted the 2019 Funny Women Awards – in association with charity partner The Fawcett Society and we announced the 2019 winners of the Stage Award, Comedy Shorts Award, the Comedy Writing Award, Best Show Award and Best Comedy Web Series.

But there was one more surprise announcement we had in store for the Awards audience, tonight at Bloomsbury Theatre London we introduced, via video, our newly appointed patron, or as she prefers to call herself ‘matron’, Jo Brand!

Jo has kindly agreed to lend her support to Funny Women which she describes as “A brilliant organisation put together to encourage women to go into comedy and support them on their journey. It’s really important because potential women comics really need their own space and help to set the agenda themselves.” 

Jo with Awards Director Becky Singh & Lynne Parker


Jo’s first role as Patron is to mentor the winner of this year’s Stage Award as part of an incredible money-can’t-buy prize package! Funny Women founder Lynne Parker said: “Having the support of Jo means the world to us with her wealth of knowledge and experience of the industry.  She tops the list of favourite female comedians and will help to bring attention to the work we do to give women a voice, in comedy and beyond.

“As a not for profit community organisation we offer support to women who want to perform, write, make films or produce shows through our outreach events and services. This is reflected in the breadth of our Awards and the hundreds of women who have taken part this year.

“Well done to all our finalists who we expect to be seeing a lot more of in the years to come.”

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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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