Meet 2021 Stage Awards Runner-up Bronwyn Sweeney!

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Runner up Bronwyn Sweeney impressed the judges at the 2021 Funny Women Awards Grand Final with her high energy performance and inside secrets about working in advertising. We caught up with Bronwyn to talk about what inspires her comedy and the strange situation where she discovered she was funny…

Funny Women: How did it feel to perform at the Funny Women Awards final?

Bronwyn Sweeney: Honestly, best gig of my life. Terrifying, exhilarating, life-affirming. 

How did you get started in comedy?

BS: I know this sounds bad, but my first time making a group of random people laugh was at a funeral when I was 15. I hadn’t intended to be funny but the whole ordeal was so sad and I wanted to talk about the happier memories of the person who had passed. I think weirdly from that moment I always knew I’d find my way to comedy. I just didn’t expect it to be a two-day comedy course my work paid for in South London at the age of 29.

FW: What inspires your comedy material?

BS: Working in advertising and being a fake American from Blackpool.

FW: What would you say to anyone considering entering the Awards next year?

BS: Don’t hesitate, just do it. No matter what happens, it connects you to a group of hilarious and inspiring people.

FW: And lastly, who are your favourite funny women?

BS: So many to choose from. Catherine Tate, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Iliza Schlesinger, Gina Yashere, Dulce Sloane, Diane Morgan, my sister (lol), Ali Wong and everyone from the final including our hilarious host Jayde Adams. 

Photo credit: Steve Ullathorne

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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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