From the Funny Women Team

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Why it’s TIMES UP on abuse

I set up Funny Women with the intention of creating a safe space for women in comedy and over the last (almost) 20 years I have been saddened by continuing reports of abuse, both mental and physical, from within our industry.

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Lynn Ruth Miller – the Last Laugh

When I grow old, I mean really old, I want to be like Lynn Ruth Miller who died yesterday at the age of 87. Until the last, Lynn Ruth was so full of life and dreams and plans – she knew the secret of immortality and now lives on in all of us who’ve worked, lived and played with her since she launched herself onto the comedy scene in her 70s.

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In Memory of Jill Murphy

Sadly, on August 18th, 2021, the world lost the brilliant writer and illustrator Jill Murphy. She was only 72, which came as a surprise to many people who had never met her in person – she always glowed with youthful vitality. But, because she was so precociously talented, bursting onto the children’s literature scene when she was only in her early 20s…

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How to Deal with Rejection

I’ve been working in the comedy, acting, and writing industry for over 10 years and I’ve experienced a lot of rejection among the many positive responses I’ve had. For every ‘yes’ there are a dozen ‘no’s’.

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Why Comedians Should WiP it

It’s awards season at Funny Women and I’ve spent the last week or so marking comedians new, and not so new, as they perform on heats via Zoom in the hope of making it to the Stage Award semi-finals. Now, it makes perfect sense that you would be most interested in the acts who make it through to the next round…

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