Funny Women

Funny Women

This year was the second year of the heat Content Creator Award, celebrating comedy excellence across the internet. Our winner is the iconic Chanel Williams!! We caught up with Williams to talk parodies, pandemics and connecting with people through making content…

Funny Women: How does it feel to win the Content Creator Award?
Chanel Williams: Oh, I was so honoured just to be nominated, especially when the category this year and last have been full of such brilliant, funny people but more than that it’s just nice to know that people like the content. Just giving strangers on the internet a bit of silly, fun nonsense they can chuckle at makes me really happy and to win was such a lovely way to commend that I think.  It’s been such a crazy couple of years and stumbling into this has been the happiest accident.
FW: Tell us about the kind of content you share.

CW: I share parody content, short form stuff, ‘life lessons I learned the hard way so you don’t have to’ sort of things. I just really like telling a story whether it’s something from my past or it’s a retelling of familiar ones and I’m having the most fun doing it!

FW: How did you get started as a content creator?

CW: I think the same as most in lockdown, out of sheer boredom. I deleted the app several times before I started posting on it because it wasn’t for me but I had an amazing job opportunity fall through and in the midst of stressing about that, trying to find a new job and sheltering from covid making content became a real escape for me, and then for others too which was really nice to read in the comment sections. 

FW: What makes for good content?

CW: It has to be what you enjoy making and make you laugh first. And really the topic could be anything because everything is funny in one way or another. Relatable or ironically unrelatable things are always a lovely escape, something to nod along with cackling because you do that or to silent laugh in astonishment because ‘what are people like’. Social media content may be short form but it’s wild how far of a journey you can take the viewer in 30-60 seconds! 
FW: And lastly, who are your favourite comedians?
CW: So many brilliant upcoming comedians I could list but the people I need to credit for shaping my humour and never failing to make me laugh was definitely French and Saunders. Their parodies were what got me into content creation in the first place. Catherine Tate needs an honourable mention too and Victoria Wood. I couldn’t get enough of them growing up. 

Tickets are available for William’s show Whose Voice is That? on Thursday 24th November at 21 Soho here!

You can follow Chanel Williams on TikTok and Instagram.

Photo credit: Steve Ullathorne

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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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