2021 Funny Women Awards Winners Announced!

The Grand Final of the Funny Women Awards was back with a bang for 2021 at the Bloomsbury Theatre After a very pared down Covid compliant final in 2020. Hosted by Jayde Adams and headlined by Izzy Askwith, winners of the coveted Funny Women Stage Award in 2014 and 2020 respectively, this was an occasion to remember! 

Stage Award SPONSORED BY SKY STUDIOS

The 10 finalists, Abby Wambaugh, Amelia Stubberfield, Beau Holland, Caitlin Powell, Lara Ricote, Louisa Keight, Natalie Bellingham, Ola Labib, Bronwyn Sweeney, and Sharon Wanjohi each delivered excellent sets but in the end, our comedy industry judging panel awarded Ola Labib third place, Bronwyn Sweeney second and first prize went to Lara Ricote who wins £1000 cash, one hour studio time with photographer Steve Ullathorne, a custom Tatty Devine trophy necklace, support and mentorship from Funny Women, our community and industry partners. The finalists will be invited on a UK tour with Mick Perrin Worldwide.

Winner Lara Ricote, runners up Bronwyn Sweeney & Ola Labib, Lynne Parker & host Jayde Adams. Photo credit: Steve Ullathorne

Comedy Writing Award sponsored by Sky Studios

Winner Kathryn Bond. Photo credit: Steve Ullathorne

Comedian and writer Kathryn Bond won the Comedy Writing Award sponsored by Sky Studios for her hilarious script Personal, beating off serious competition from Lily Phillips and her script We’re All Going To Die and Zoë Tomalin’s script Creeps which has already scooped the David Nobbs Memorial Trust New Comedy Writing Award. Bond wins a cash prize of £1000, a funded development prize from Sky Studios, a custom Tatty Devine trophy necklace, support and mentorship from Funny Women, our community and industry partners.

NextUp Comedy Shorts Award

For the NextUp Comedy Shorts Award, Ada Player was announced the winner with her short Johnny and Tommy which was shown alongside her fellow finalists Zara Janjua and Jo Wiggins’s comedy shorts Match Of The Yesterday Euro 1314 and Dog Haus. Player has won an exclusive production deal with NextUp, a cash prize of £1000, a custom Tatty Devine trophy necklace, support and mentorship from Funny Women, our community and industry partners.

Winner Ada Player. Photo credit: Steve Ullathorne

heat Content Creator Award

Winner Hayley Morris. Photo credit: Steve Ullathorne

Hayley Morris was announced the winner of the heat Content Creator Award. Morris has won a feature in heat magazine and heatworld as well as a cash prize of £1000, a custom Tatty Devine trophy necklace, support and mentorship from Funny Women, our community and industry partners.

Best Comedy Writer Award with Comedy 50:50

Sophie Duker was named winner of The Funny Women Best Comedy Writer Award with Comedy 50:50 and 2020’s winner Christine Rose was on hand to accept the award on Duker’s behalf.

2020 Winner Christine Rose. Photo credit: Steve Ullathorne

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists and see you in 2022 which will be our 20th anniversary! 

Missed the show? You can watch it on NextUp here!

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