Meet 2021 Stage Award Finalist Caitlin Powell!

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Caitlin Powell’s wry observations of growing up in a small Midlands town and clever takes on dating women easily won her a place at the Funny Women Awards Grand Final. We caught up with Caitlin to talk about a comedy career fuelled by spite!

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

Caitlin Powell: It was an absolute dream come true. Such a warm crowd made five minutes feel like five seconds. 

FW: How did you get started in comedy?

CP: Secretly getting the train down to London to do my first gig. I got told by one of the other acts that I was ‘alright for a girl’ but ‘wasn’t gonna get far with that feminist crap’ so every gig since then has been done purely out of spite. It’s a long con but fingers crossed he keeps up with women’s comedy competitions and is really pissed off right now. 

FW: What inspires your comedy material?

CP: My friends and anything that gets me a bit riled up, which is most things. 

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

CP: Do it. 

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

CP: Maria Bamford, Bridget Christie, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Gina Yashere, Jessica Fostekew, Suzi Ruffell, Lolly Adefope, Diane Morgan, and Aisling Bea. 

Photo credit: S 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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