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Rachel Barber

Rachel Barber

‘Women aren’t funny’ – the line that prompted the birth of Funny Women more than 20 years ago, with a mission to bring gender parity to the comedy industry. 

And some might say that we’ve made heaps of progress on that front – with more women, trans and nonbinary comedians than ever before.

At a time when we’re hearing from members of our very own Funny Women community that some comedy spaces feel less safe than ever, we are so thrilled to announce the return of London’s open mic night, Funny Women Live in London, newly branded in line with our growing roster of community events (formerly Time of the Month), in an amazing new venue, the world famous Groucho Club in the heart of Soho! 

This is THE event to try out brand new material, do your first ever five minutes or just come for plenty of laughs as an audience member. 

Community was and will always be needed in comedy, for new and developing comedians to laugh and learn together. This couldn’t be truer for women comedians, who over the years we’ve seen benefit from the encouragement, support and safety offered by gathering together. 

The Groucho Club was created in the 1980s by a group of mostly women publishers as an antidote to the stuffy gentlemen’s clubs and we’re equally delighted and proud to partner them as our community venue in London. Together, we’ll be welcoming you to this inspiring and creative space for a night filled with laughter and camaraderie. 

Our first night kicks off on Tuesday 30th April 30th at 7.30pm. Thereafter we will move to the last Monday of the month.

Our limited, first-come-first-served performance slots get reserved in a matter of hours. So watch this space for the official event announcement ready to sign up to perform or book your tickets ready to see some of the newest female comedy talent on the circuit.  

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From the Funny Women Team

April Gig Guide

April’s back baby, and we are thrilled to hear it. Refreshed and chocolate-stuffed after the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, you should be in a prime state to enjoy some cracking comedy (promise that’s not an Easter egg pun).

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BIG Comedy Conference: Review

Funny Women joined in on the fun and knowledge-sharing at the British Comedy Guide’s Big Comedy Conference in London on Saturday 16th of March. By a show of hands, the majority of attendees were writers (and unrepresented ones at that). Also present were producers, directors and even stand up comics like me.

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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 https://www.prsformusic.com/ .


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.

If you need further information please contact us here