I have been on a mission to promote workplace humour for years, ever since I was first invited into various companies to deliver my Stand Up to Stand Out comedy workshops as part of corporate training programmes for some very prestigious clients. 

HOW TO HAVE FUN AT WORK grew out of our HERlarious workplace programme providing the perfect showcase for what we do at Funny Women and the power of humour. It’s also the title of my podcast which you can listen to here!


Visit www.herlarious.co.uk for more information and testimonials.

Enjoy our event this evening and please get in contact if you’d like us to create an event for your workplace! 

Lynne Parker –  Founder & CEO, Funny Women CIC.
Email: lynne@funnywomen.com


16:00 – 16.30

Registration, networking and introduction; tea and coffee

16.30 – 17.10

Workshops Round 1

17:20 – 18:00

Workshops Round 2

18:00 – 19:00

Panel discussion

19:00 – 19:30

Drinks reception

19:30 – 20.30

Live Comedy


Choose two of these four workshops

Improvise to Succeed with Monica Gaga

Workshop: Thinking on your feet is a vital tool for both business and personal success. Improvisation is an amazing skill to develop and enhances creativity. Explore how to deliver your own messages with confidence and learn how to interpret and use body language.

Monica Gaga is a British-born black African queer improviser, facilitator, host, performer and producer. She trained in Community Theatre at East 15 Acting School, and her boundless love for improv stems from time spent at Second City in Chicago. She’ll lead you through improv exercises aimed at improving your performance.

How to ‘Notwork’ and The Imposter with Gemma Greaves

Workshop: Building on the theme of how to have fun at work (amen to that), Gemma Greaves will share her top tips on building relationships. Find out what we have in common and make invaluable connections. Expect an energising session and leave armed with know how to tackle that imposter inside and brimming with confidence. To ‘notwork’ and just go for it!

Gemma Greaves is the co-founder of Nurture, a black book business built on the principle that meaningful relationships drive growth, and the founder of Cabal, a handpicked club of extraordinary (and humble) people. She was previously Chief Executive of The Marketing Society, where she led its global expansion and spearheaded the Brave agenda.  Gemma describes herself as a restless connector of people and ideas, always looking for ways to create new experiences driven by her fundamental belief that if you bring good people together, good things happen.

Creating Content and Influencing People with Chanel Williams

Workshop: Content is queen and the age of the influencer is here to stay. Humour fuels engagement on social media and the new generation of comedy content creators have us right where they want us when it comes to making money! How do you get started and how can brands work with creators? Get first hand advice and insights from a successful creator.

Chanel Williams is a social media entertainer blowing people away with her TikTok sketches, impression work, and comedic twist on popular franchises. The main one being Harry Potter. Since starting online in November 2020, Chanel has amassed over 3.5M followers across Youtube, TikTok and Instagram. Chanel performed her first solo stand up show in July this year and went on to win the heat Content Creator Award in the 2022 Funny Women Awards last week. She will be in conversations with Carmen Mackey, who is the Awards Coordinator for Funny Women.

Power and Influence with Lauren Allpress

Workshop: Humour is an essential ingredient in today’s fast paced workplace and it’s a great leveller whatever your age, culture, sexuality or ability. Get advice on how you can stand up and be heard in high or low places, whatever your background, build on your authentic style and develop your own personal story. Improve your self-confidence and esteem, communicate more effectively and memorably, find your voice and engage with passion.

Lauren Allpress is an activist and feminist campaigner from Manchester, currently living in Camden. She is Campaigns Officer for her local Labour Party branch, and spent four years between the 2010 and 2015 UK general elections working as a Regional Organiser for the Labour Party, mainly in Wales. She spends most of her time being angry, talking to other angry women about being angry, and scrolling Instagram. Her last day job was in policy and communications campaigns at Airbnb.




In this session we unpack the thorny issue of how we can really have ‘fun at work’ and make humour a key part of our communications and business ethos.

Lynne Parker - founder and CEO, Funny Women, HOST

Lynne founded Funny Women in 2002 in response to a misogynist comedy promoter who told her that ‘women aren’t funny’. She went on to create the Funny Women Awards and, 20 years on, the rest is history.

Funny Women is now an acclaimed not for profit community for women to build self-confidence and develop their own distinctive voice. Lynne describes it as her ‘life’s work’ providing a safe, diverse, creative platform that empowers women to perform, write and use humour in business and everyday life.

Laura Jordan Bambach - president and CCO, Grey London

For over 20 years, Laura has enhanced the advertising industry through her fresh, pioneering spirit. Combining technical skill, with her innate human understanding and passion for storytelling, Laura is recognised globally as an innovator and industry leader.

Laura is a former president of D&AD who has been twice named one of Britain’s most influential people within the Debrett’s 500 annual list and recognised as Individual of the Year at the DADI Awards. She was also honoured in Campaign UK Female Frontier Awards for Championing Change. 

A true champion for diversity, Laura is a co-founder of The Great British Diversity Experiment and is also a co-founder of SheSays: this world-famous volunteer network works to encourage more women into the creative industries.

Jon Jayson - CEO and co-founder, The Comedy Crowd

Jon is CEO and co-founder of The Comedy Crowd, empowering a global community of 10000+ comedy creators to produce engaging content for brands and channels. Through The Comedy Crowd Jon has worked with major brands including O2 and NBC Universal, and has helped to kickstart the careers of many renowned comedy writers, performers and filmmakers. Outside of comedy production Jon has been an accountant, management consultant, startup advisor, and astrophysicist.  

Karen Carter – director, CVent

Karen is a seasoned marketing veteran with over 25 years’ experience working in all facets of the discipline. Starting on the agency side she spent her early career as a Client Service Director to many large high-tech firms. Moving client side, she spent over 14 years at Microsoft in varying roles in both B2B and B2C, creating strategies to help extend the brand and drive demand.. 


After leaving Microsoft she set up her own marketing consultancy, became Global VP of Sales & Marketing at start-up venture Adepto and then moved on to become Managing Director of marketing and design agency, Article Ten.Recently, she’s gone back to her roots, helping to build the enterprise marketing strategy in Europe for Cvent.

In her spare time, Karen works and mentors with a variety of industry organisations including the International Advertising Association, Bloom and the Conscious Advertising Network when she’s not wandering South London with her husband and Instagram influencer pup, Rupert.

Hela Wosniak-Kay ‘Connectress’ and ‘soul’ of Sister Snog.

Hela is a charismatic catalyst who connects women brimming with entrepreneurial spirit. She is in daily contact with a cross section of business women as the ‘Connectress’ of Sister Snog, a tribe of remarkable business women, so she understands the challenges of being a small business owner and those that small business owners face. She is very much behind the idea of having fun in business.

Hela is a massive fan of the television series The Marvellous Mrs Maisel – and as she’s now hit her diamond decade, she’s planning to step into the spotlight with one of her many planned celebrations as The Wonderful Mrs Wozniak-Kay, inspired by Mrs Maisel. She’s been buying pre-loved knock down bargain ball gowns and cocktail dresses from charity shops for years and was looking for the perfect occasion to wear them. Looks like she will be stepping out in style in 2023 as she explores her funny bones.


Stay around for a few drinks and nibbles courtesy of our generous hosts, Grey London, and put all that relaxed humorous banter we’ve practised to the test. 


Our trademark live comedy!

Hosted by Monica Gaga with Charmian Hughes, and featuring the only double award winner in the history of the Funny Women Awards, Lorna Rose Treen.  Plus, a surprise guest or two…

Charmian Hughes

Charmian Hughes started doing stand up in the last century before women were heard of! She has taken her comedy all over the UK, and to Melbourne, New Zealand and The Scilly Isles. She’s brought solo shows to twelve Edinburgh Festivals with a short break when she married a member of her audience and had some children.. Now, embracing her Inner Crone with open arms, she is funnier and more mischievous than ever.

Lorna Rose Treen

Lorna Rose Treen is a character comedian and writer based in London (but raised, like a loaf, in Redditch). She’s the 2022 Funny Women Stage Awards Winner, and the 2022 Funny Women Comedy Short Award Winner. She also a New Act of the Year (NATYS) Finalist 2022, and a Raze Collective 2021 Queer Creator. She makes comedy videos for TikTok which gain millions of views, she is an alumni of The Improverts – Edinburgh Fringe’s longest running improv group – and a graduate of the Soho Plus Lab. She trained in clown and theatre and Ecole Philippe Gaulier. She can currently be seen in ITV’s The Emily Atack Show, and is WIP-ing her debut solo character comedy show Skin Pigeon.


With grateful thanks to Grey London for hosting this event at Rose Court and to SheSays for supporting us.




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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.


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