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

A Pat on the Back

I’m ‘awarding’ myself a great big pat on the back for getting through last year!  I’m older, wiser and a wee bit wobblier for the experience and super

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Another Keynote Speech

Last year at the Funny Women Awards final I spoke about the need for diversity, inclusion, accessibility and safety in our industry and taking responsibility on behalf of

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Ruling with humour

During one of the many discussions I’ve had over the last few days following the death of Her Majesty The Queen, my husband referred me to an article

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Lucy Porter: Wake-Up Call

I don’t think I’ve ever knowingly missed one of Lucy Porter’s Edinburgh shows since I’ve been going up to the Fringe. I love the fact that she always has a venue nestled away at the back of the Pleasance Courtyard and has a wonderfully loyal audience who ensure that Lucy is on their itinerary…

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Lara Ricote: GRL/LATNX/DEF

Back in February 2019, in a world untouched by Covid, I was in a noisy bar in Amsterdam launching our first Funny Women chapter in mainland Europe. It attracted a broad and international lineup and, onto the stage sprung an energetic quirky Mexican woman…

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Sarah Keyworth: Lost Boy

I hope I will be forgiven for my interpretation of the title – I had expected a different show from Sarah Keyworth exploring gender, identity, and sexuality following on from her two previous runs in Edinburgh. And, because Sarah herself looks like a pre-Raphaelite young man…

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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 .


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

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