LMAOnaise makes a live comedy newspaper

Zoe Paskett

Zoe Paskett

You might have noticed that there’s not a lot to laugh about in the newspapers these days. Perhaps you don’t even bother picking them up anymore. Where there used to be pages and pages of articles about cultural goings on and exciting new artsy stuff, all that now seems a little bit like an afterthought. Even though we know for a fact, comedy is the most important thing in the world!!

This is why we, LMAOnaise Comedy, have decided to make a brand new paper entirely dedicated to comedy. Putting comedians front and centre, and giving them a chance to get a bit of attention for ONCE in their lives.

Picture this: it’s Monday morning. Disgusting. Work starts in 10 minutes, and you’re still in bed, scrolling mindlessly through X.com and hating it. You know you should have breakfast (the most important meal of the day) and go to your job, but for some reason you can’t get out of bed. 

Suddenly! You hear a yell from the street and the local paper boy flings a rolled-up newspaper right through your window, shattering it! There is glass in your carpet but who cares! You run over and pick up the beautiful, colourful, newspaper and open the first page (once back in bed). Wow. It’s somehow already 3.00pm and your boss texts you that you are fired for not turning up again, but that’s not my fault! You can’t blame me, you could have read the paper on the train, and it’s been two weeks since you even spoke to your boss — that is out of my control. But you’re happily reading about comedy because you know what is important.

This is just one of many scenarios we have devised for you based on the incredible paper currently in production. Scenarios may vary person to person, but the quality of reading material will not! It’ll be full, and I mean properly crammed, with features and interviews with comedians, loads of recommendations of shows to see, weird art, behind-the-scenes photography and all the things you so love about seeing comedy.

Among those comedians are plenty of incredible Funny Women alumni, including Stage Award winners Lara Ricote and Kate Cheka, finalists Su Mi, Sascha LO and Sharon Wanjohi and Comedy Writing Award winner Ruby Carr.

Most of the time, LMAOnaise is a weekly newsletter and online magazine with the aim of making writing about comedy fun, welcoming and inclusive. We don’t do negativity at all — much like Funny Women, it’s all about celebrating the comedy we love. This ethos carries into the newspaper. Imagine, a newspaper with no negativity (well, maybe a little for comedic purposes, but that’s the only sort allowed).

We’re crowdfunding at the moment to cover printing costs, and postage if you want it to be delivered right to your door and flung into your front garden by an overly aggressive 11-year-old on a bicycle. (For legal reasons, we have to clarify that we cannot guarantee this method of delivery, which depends almost entirely on the state of the wider paperboy industrial complex and its interplay with the UK’s postal system.)

So, if you fancy getting in on the ground level at a really cool new print publication, at the same time as supporting the comedians inside it, you now know how. 

You can get a paper here now on our Crowdfunder (until March 14th)— it’s a pay what you want system, starting at £5, and includes some lovely little/huge rewards!

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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.

WHAT CAN I WIN?

2021 Funny Women Awards Prizes

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If you need further information please contact us here