Funny Women

Funny Women

Our biggest event of the year, the Funny Women Awards Gala Final sponsored by Sky Studios, is set to take place on Thursday 29th September at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre hosted by Thanyia Moore. The Awards will also be streamed online via NextUp Comedy.

Our Awards are a unique opportunity to see the start of some amazing careers. The top 10 acts for the prestigious Stage Award were selected from over 450 entries and the finalists who will compete live on stage are Anshita Koul, Fathiya Saleh, Jessie Nixon, Julia Stenton, Kate Martin, Leah Davis, Lorna Rose Treen, Marjolein Robertson, Sharlin Jahan and Tatty Macleod.

Stage Award Finalists 2022 - Anshita Koul, Fathiya Saleh, Jessie Nixon, Julia Stenton, Kate Martin, Leah Davis, Lorna Rose Treen, Marjolein Robertson, Sharlin Jahan and Tatty Macleod.

On the night, as well as crowning the Stage Award winner, four other equally important Funny Women Awards will be presented. Each category winner receives £1000 amongst the other prizes and recognition that comes with our competition.  

Writing Award Top 3 - Nikki Lucas, Ruby Carr and Ellie Silver

The winning script for the Comedy Writing Award sponsored by Sky Studios will be selected from the top three. They are Wasteland by Nicki Lucas; Magical Extinction by Ruby Carr and Beth’s Din by Ellie Silver. Chosen from over 160 scripts, Sky Studios is once again offering development support for the winner as they did last year.

Comedy Shorts Award Top 3 - Lorelei Mathias, Sarah Grant & Katrina Allen and Lorna Rose Treen

The Comedy Shorts Award is supported by London Short Film Festival and the top three finalists for 2022 are Lorelei Mathias for her short film Creative Writing 2.1 ; Sarah Grant & Katrina Allen for New Mum’s New Toy and Lorna Rose Treen’s My Entertainment Badge. The winning film, to be announced at the Gala Final, will be screened as part of the upcoming London Short Film Festival. The shortlisted films for 2022 can be viewed here.

Industry Award Top 3 - Amy Annette, Anna Leong Brophy and Hannah George

The Funny Women Industry Award supported by Comedy 50:50 and The Comedy Crowd recognises the often unseen talent behind today’s comedy landscape – the gag, sketch and additional material writers, and the producers, developers and creators who are at the forefront of television, radio and digital entertainment.

We have asked our network of industry professionals to nominate those most deserving of recognition and this year’s top three are Amy Annette, Anna Leong Brophy and Hannah George. The winner will be announced on the night. Previous winners include Sophie Duker (2021) and Christine Rose (2020), and this Award celebrates the talent and tenacity of women performers, writers and creators, who have overcome disproportionate barriers to succeed in this highly competitive field.

Last year’s Funny Women Awards were truly global with the winner of the Stage Award, Lara Ricote being a mix of Mexican, American, and Venezuelan. Lara went on to win this year’s Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Newcomer Award, and as the returning winner she will perform a headline set at the final.

The 2022 Awards have attracted entries from Romania, UAE, Luxembourg, Estonia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Canada, Italy, Iceland, France, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Australia, USA, Ireland, Netherlands and the UK.

2022 Content Creator Top 16 - @annecrowther, @bluenbroke, @chanwills0, @cocosarel, @castmeimjane, @katerinarobinsoncomedy, @marthawrites,@MrsSmithSaysIt, @nikolamcm, @quirksandfoiblessketch, @rantsandbigpants, @rosieaholt, @SoozUK, @stacey_annor, @sugarcoatedsisters, @thenjiwecomedy

Expanding the global reach of the Funny Women Awards, has been fuelled by the creation of our Content Creator Award run in partnership with heat Magazine.  This Award is nominated and voted for by the public and we are looking for those original, creative and funny voices using social media platforms that might otherwise be overlooked by mainstream networks. 

In 2021 Funny Women received over 82,000 public votes for the final 16 artists and this Award was won by Hayley Morris. You can meet the Top 16 Comedy Creators for 2022 here and vote for your favourite here

We are also continuing our support of TIME’S UP UK as our charity partner: An organisation that insists on safe, fair and dignified work for everyone, run by a group of UK-based women: actors, activists, producers, writers and others from the film, TV and theatre industries as a sister initiative to TIME’S UP in the US. As an organisation we strongly believe in equal rights and opportunities for all; so we are working together in support of gender parity in the comedy industry and beyond.

With grateful thanks to BedHead by Tigi for sponsoring our After Party and to Showtime Photo Booth, the go to company for photo booth hire in London, for supplying their Retro Photo Booth at The Old Crown; and to our partner Tatty Devine for the custom made necklace trophies.

The 2022 Funny Women Awards Gala Final sponsored by Sky Studios, takes place this Thursday 29th September at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London. You can purchase tickets for the live show here, and tickets for the live stream here.

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Comedy Shorts Award Entry Requirements

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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.


2021 Funny Women Awards Prizes

The deadline for registration for the Comedy Shorts Award has passed.

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