MEET 2023 STAGE AWARD FINALIST: TAL DAVIES

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Tal Davies on stage

Tal Davies started out in 2019 and was one of 10 brilliant finalists in the the Funny Women Stage Awards last year. She’s performed at comedy clubs and festivals all around the country, with her deadpan Brummie humour seeing her shortlisted for the BBC New Comedy Award and being named a British Comedian of the Year semi-finalist. We talked to her about showing off and making people laugh, sexism on the comedy circuit and how fantastic it is to be paid for what used to get her into trouble at school.

How did you get into stand-up?

I wanted to do it for at least a decade before I actually plucked up the courage to start in my late 20s. I ended up doing a six-week comedy course, because I knew if nothing else, it’d force me to do the little show at the end because I wouldn’t want to look like a coward in front of my course mates. After that, I never looked back!

What was it like being a finalist in the 2023 Funny Women Awards?

This is going to sound sickening, but it really was such a lovely gig with the nicest green room. Competitions can feel quite toxic and stressful but this felt more like a showcase with a great bunch of comics; everyone was really supportive of each other. And it’s always nice to make the finals of something – it feels like you must be doing something right.

Why is Funny Women important to you?

Because there’s still a lot of work to be done on the stand-up circuit when it comes to sexism. It was refreshing to do a gig where you knew there was zero chance of someone in the audience folding their arms and huffing cos they’ve got to sit through another woman!

Tell us about your comedy style.

Anecdotal, relatable, sarcastic, rude… like your gobbiest friend at the pub telling a disgusting story about their weekend.

What’s next for you?

I’m hoping to take my debut hour to Edinburgh this year, so the first half of 2024 will be dominated by writing, previewing at festivals, crying, wondering why I’m doing this at all, more previews, refining, more crying… and then hopefully arriving in Scotland with a banging show.

Who are your favourite Funny Women?

Honestly, my mates are the funniest women I know. Aside from that: Sarah Millican, Jen Brister, Fern Brady, Thanyia Moore, Jo Brand, Aisling Bea, Daisy May Cooper… the list goes on.

What do you love about stand up?

I just love showing off and making people laugh – the fact that people now pay me to do the thing I was always in trouble at school for, is frankly preposterous, but also fantastic.

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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.

WHAT KIND OF FILM ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

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!

WHO CAN ENTER?

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.

ARE THERE ANY ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR MY FILM?

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 https://www.prsformusic.com/ .

WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH MY FILM?

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.

HOW IS IT JUDGED?

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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