Lynne Parker

Lynne Parker created Funny Women 20 years ago and is the chief executive and executive producer of the Funny Women Awards. She is an experienced marketeer, performance coach, facilitator and public speaker and writes for leading newspapers, magazines and trade journals. Lynne also hosts the HOW TO HAVE FUN AT WORK podcast featuring guests from business and comedy who look at how humour relates to the workplace and beyond.

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From the Funny Women Team

Podcasts, tea with Jo Brand and the art of comedy

2023 is going out on a podcast high for me!  I’ve recorded two guest appearances this week and feature on two others over the month. I’ve loved being a part of all of them and really miss hosting my own podcast HOW TO HAVE FUN AT WORK – which will make a comeback next year for sure.

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20 Years and Counting

For those of you who were there in person at the Bloombury Theatre for last night’s Funny Women Awards final, there was a comical moment when our Awards Director, Alex Rochford, stood behind me while I delivered my annual ‘manifesto’ and then cut me short.

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Fringe Favourites and life on the Goodside

Anybody visiting Edinburgh during the Fringe, even for a few days, needs to get match fit, mentally and physically. It’s one thing if it’s a holiday and your livelihood doesn’t depend on it, but for those of us in the industry, reviewing, scouting and simply catching up on trends, this is a marathon. With only four days and one of those taken up with travel, I barely scratched the surface!

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The Gift of Patronage

For some reason, when I introduce myself people are compelled to tell me that they aren’t funny as if I’m expecting them to start cracking jokes.  I don’t and I’m not that judgemental. 

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Comedy Shorts Award Entry Requirements

The deadline for registration for the Comedy Shorts Award has passed.

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

The deadline for registration for the Comedy Shorts Award has passed.

If you need further information please contact us here