Lynne
Parker

Since 2002, our founder Lynne Parker has worked hard to create a vibrant, collaborative community of like-minded women. The Funny Women Awards have launched a few comedy headliners who you *might* be familiar with, along the way! We sat down with Lynne to find out what she thinks the future holds for those of us who like to laugh and make others laugh.

Since 2002, our founder Lynne Parker has worked hard to create a vibrant, collaborative community of like-minded women. The Funny Women Awards have launched a few comedy headliners who you *might* be familiar with, along the way! We sat down with Lynne to find out what she thinks the future holds for those of us who like to laugh and make others laugh.

So Lynne, what made you set-up Funny Women? 

I created Funny Women because I got angry with a misogynist comedy promoter while working as a publicist for his club. When I asked him why he never booked any female acts, he told me that ‘women aren’t funny’ and ‘there are no funny women’. 

Nineteen years on, that promoter has been proved (very) wrong and I’m proud that my work has empowered many women, both professionally and personally. It’s through them that I have also been able to find my authentic voice. Funny Women is my life’s work. 

Why is comedy important to you? 

I’m not a comedian myself, but comedy is incredibly important to me, because of the creativity and collaboration that comes with it. Society has always turned to comedy in tough times, and especially right now, we all need lightness in our lives. 

When theatres, clubs, and venues went dark during the first and subsequent lockdowns, everyone felt the impact. Still, something magical happened, and the comedy community gathered online. Funny Women has become a valuable virtual hub and resource for anybody looking for a way to have their voice heard. Comedy is another way for women to get their message out there; it’s an outstanding campaigning tool.  

What advice do you have for women looking to get into comedy? 

Network and collaborate. You don’t need to ‘reinvent the wheel’. Use existing platforms, like Funny Women, to hone your craft and meet other like-minded performers, writers and creators.  Going online has made comedy more accessible, so it’s never been easier to meet experts and get advice.  Follow your favourite acts and writers on social media, and don’t be frightened to put yourself forward. 

What are your hopes for comedy in the ‘post-pandemic’ world? 

Great question! Whilst I accept that venues and bookers now want ‘banker’ acts to sell tickets as everything is opening back up, I’d like to see equal opportunities created for new talent. 

The hardest-hit are those starting in comedy as there have been far less ‘live’ opportunities for them to develop their acts and practise material over the last two years. I hope that those already well established in their comedy careers will support newer acts by giving back where they can with open spots, writing commissions, and generally offering advice and counsel now that everything is opening up again. 

As we know from our outstanding Funny Women Awards alumni, they inspire the next generation, so their encouragement and support is priceless. For every well- known ‘established’ act that a venue or a promoter books, it would be great to see an ‘as yet undiscovered’ act on the same lineup. Mix it up, take a few risks, or we’ll end up turning off the talent pipeline, which would be a tragedy. 

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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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