Funny Women Awards

Whether you’re a comedy performer, aspiring sitcom writer or film maker, the Funny Women Awards celebrates, supports and showcases your talent!

The Funny Women Awards have been going since 2003, and we are very proud to have created this leading platform for so many talented performers, writers, creators and short film makers. Whether you’re a stand-up, sketch group, script writer or creating funny content to perform live or on film, we’re here to celebrate and promote your talent. We aim to put you in front of the right people to progress your comedy career and provide mentorship and support.

As we ran the 2017/18 Funny Women Awards with very little funding or sponsorship, we have taken a year out to explore new associations and relationships.  We have some exciting plans for the 2019 Awards as we recognise that they are the ‘beating heart’ of Funny Women, encouraging women to have a stronger, funnier voice across media, business and beyond.


We will be announcing these plans at the end of March, beginning of April 2019.


In the meantime we are continuing our collaboration with some leading venues and festivals including the Women in Comedy Festival, and the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as running Time of the Month (our regular mix of networking, playtime and ‘open mic’), workshops and specialist events in Ireland, Brighton, Bristol, Manchester, London and even Amsterdam.


In case you need reminding, we also run the Comedy Shorts and Comedy Writing Awards for those of you who want to interpret your skills through film or script, and we select the winner for the Best Show Award by public nomination.  So, start planning ahead for 2019 now!  We had a record number of entries in our 2017/2018 Awards and it would be great to see even more of you next time around.



For general information about the 2019 Funny Women Awards please email


Best Show Award

Have you seen a good show recently that deserves recognition? Want your show to be in the running for some fab prizes, including a fully supported showcase? Nominate it!

Stage Award

For the best new comedy performer (s). From stand-ups to impressionists, sketch groups to character and musical acts - all are welcome, so long as it's funny!

Comedy Writing Award

Not everyone likes the limelight, so if you prefer to be behind the scenes writing comedy, we give you a chance to shine with our Comedy Writing Award. The prize includes a script development package and a professionally produced 10-minute online audio pilot.

Comedy Shorts Award

Aspiring comedy film maker? We want to shine a light on you talented ladies who just love producing online content.

Previous Winners

All Winners and Finalists

We’ve had the great pleasure of seeing so many talented comedians through the years. Check out the full list of all the winners and finalists…

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Andi Osho, 2007

“I suppose it made me think perhaps I should take this comedy lark seriously. There’s money in the funny.”

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Debra Jane Appelby, 2005

“The award got me to Edinburgh which got me noticed, which got me a wonderful agent who I’m still with today. It opened a lot of doors.”

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Gabby Best, 2012

“Winning the competition has opened so many doors – and better still has given me the confidence to walk through them. If in doubt, please give it a go. You will find friends, encouragement and complimentary eye shadow at every stage…”

Jayde Adams, 2014

“Funny Women have been supportive of me even before the I won the competition. I signed with my first agent after the award and it’s all down to the amazing team who have always been rooting for me. Funny Women in Brighton at the Komedia is also one of my favourite gigs. Long may they last!”

Katherine Ryan, 2008

“Comedy competitions are a great way to get talented performers together for a spirited showcase”

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Lara A King, 2011

“It’s incredible. It’s proved I can do it, I can do comedy.”

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Miss London, 2009

“When they announced my name [at the Funny Women Awards in 2009] I bawled like Alexandra Burke when she won The X Factor. My motto? Good things come to those who waitress!”

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Sally Cancello, 2014

“Thanks again for all you do, I have felt really supported by Funny Women and I’m so pleased that I sent my film into the awards!” Sally Cancello, 2014 Comedy Shorts Winner

Sarah Adams, 2003

“I won the first award show and no one knew what Funny Women would become!”

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Suzy Bennet, 2006

“To have the title ‘Winner Funny Women Awards’ meant promoters had confidence in booking me when they hadn’t heard of me before.”

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Thankless Child, 2010

“Funny Women definitely led to opportunities we wouldn’t have had otherwise.”

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Zoe Lyons, 2004

“When you are starting out in comedy it is a good feeling to get confirmation that you are OK at it.”

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Desiree Burch, 2015

Harriet Braine, 2016

Twisted Loaf, 2013