Meet our 2023 Industry Award Nominees supported by The Comedy Crowd.

Funny Women

Funny Women

The Funny Women Comedy Industry Award supported by The Comedy Crowd is an industry nominated award, created to recognise the unsung heroines working tirelessly behind the scenes in the comedy industry.

Whilst acknowledging that comedy is an incredibly hard profession for almost anyone to break into and make a living, this award celebrates the talent and tenacity of the women performers, writers and creators of Britain and Ireland, who have overcome the clearly disproportionate barriers to entry to succeed in this highly competitive field.

Now in its fourth year, they will join Amy Annette (Winner 2022), Sophie Duker (Winner 2021) and Christine Rose (Winner 2020) in our Hall of Fame and will take a share of the prize pot worth £5k, kindly sponsored by ITV. We were delighted to reveal our Top 3 Nominated Artists.

Sarah Bowles

Sarah says:

“It would mean the world to me for my work on the ISH Awards to be recognised by winning this award – we love awards after all! We wanted to being some positivity to the Edinburgh Fringe to help boost comedians who have struggled since Covid. 

“We have been overwhelmed with the support we have received and recognition would only make it easier to increase the benefits to all those who work so hard in the industry.”

Sarah-Louise Young

Sarah-Louise says:

“Lynn Ruth Miller was a dear friend, loved my so many people. It was a privilege to be allowed to care for her in the last few weeks of her life and help organise her memorial – which was a massive team effort. 

“She and I spoke often about the importance of women championing other women and when I set up the Female & Female Identifying Solo Theatremakers Collective with Victoria Melody, I had her very much in mind. The more that women share, support, encourage, empower and celebrate each other, the better the industry is for all of us. 

“There are lots of brilliant women out there doing just this and I’m deeply honoured to be acknowledged for my small part in hopefully making the arts a safer, more positive and welcoming place. Thank you.”

Vix Leyton

Vix says::

“Since taking the fateful step of signing up to the Funny Women Stand Up to Stand Out workshop, stand up comedy has been my home and enabled me to do great things beyond my wildest dreams. 

“The graft that goes into not only finding opportunities but also trying to create them is often very much under the radar so even the existence of this award is galvanising and brilliant – there are so many women working very hard to make comedy a viable option for women and I’m touched beyond measure that I am somehow doing enough to get this nod. 

“I am proud to do everything I can – through the podcasts, my nights and just by sharing my experiences – to flood the stand up circuit with strong, brilliant female voices and recruit more.”

The winner of the Comedy Industry Award will be announced at the Stage Award final, hosted by Jo Brand with a headline set from Lorna Rose Treen (Winner 2022), on Thursday 28th September at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London. TICKETS HERE.

Vote for the Comedy Content Award HERE.

Finalists for the Stage Award supported by Next Up Comedy HERE.

Top 3 for the Comedy Shorts Award supported by LSFF HERE.

Top 3 for the Comedy Writing Award supported by Sky Studios HERE.

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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

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