Funny Women On The Fringe

Join us ‘On The Fringe’ for a sparkling mix of comedy with special guests and the brightest new talent at the world famous Edinburgh Fringe. Enjoy stand-up, sketch, character comedy and more as we showcase some of the best acts from the Funny Women Awards and beyond.  Featuring a different host and line up every day.

This show is hosted by:

Sarah Keyworth

Originally from Nottingham, Sarah Keyworth is a regular on the London circuit and has supported Stewart Francis and Kerry Godliman on tour.  Her material is a mix of honest anecdotal storytelling about her Midlands upbringing, made surreal with the occasional addition of a silly observation.  She delivers sharp lines with a cheeky smile and moments of sudden deadpan that leave the audience wanting more.
“I like that joke about her fanny.” Sarah Millican
“The funniest of bones.” Shappi Khorsandi
“A joy.” Stewart Francis


Esther Manito


Esther Manito is a So You Think You’re Funny Finalist 2017, Bath Comedian of the year finalist 2018, listed as a 2016 Funny Women Awards One to Watch, 2017 Funny Women Awards Regional finalist, Amused Moose semi-finalist 2017, Leicester Square Comedian of the year semi-finalist 2017 and a BBC New Comedy Award nominee in 2016 and 2017. Her observational stand-up takes you on a whirlwind tour of what life is like for an Anglo-Lebanese woman. Esther is performing in two-hander stand-up show Angry Face Emoji with Ryan Dalton at Just the Tonic.

“An adept and assured performer” Chortle

“We need more gritty reality of the feminine kind and Esther tells it like it is”    Funny Women

Katharine Ferns


Canadian comedian Katharine Ferns is relentlessly funny with her confessional and brutally honest storytelling style of comedy.  With seemingly sweet and innocent charm, Katharine finds dark comedy in her observations on relationships, family, mental illness, feminism and her past misadventures.  In 2012, Katharine was a finalist in the Toronto’s Funniest Comedian Contest at Just For Laughs and has been a regular at Glasgow, Brighton and Edinburgh Comedy Festivals ever since.   At this year’s Fringe, she is performing her new work-in-progress solo show “Between One Ferns” at the Counting House.

“Perky, charismatic performer with an acute sense of irony”   Chortle

“Observant and witty, Katharine Ferns is a modern, 21st century woman, who throws herself into life and consequently her jokes.” **** The Wee Review

Steff Todd


Steff Todd is an up and coming talent from Yorkshire who over a short space of time has already made her mark with a unique mix of sharp one-liners, impeccable wit and celebrity impressions.  A regular on the comedy circuit she was runner-up in Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year 2017.  Last Edinburgh Fringe she was part of CKP Comedy’s Lunchtime Special and this year shares a double bill with Susan Riddell called 2 For Joy at Laughing Horse Hanover Tap.

“Endearing stage presence, lovely quirky material with killer lines” Just Fair Laughs

“Very funny and definitely one to watch”  Manford’s Comedy Club

Chloe Petts


Chloe Petts is a stand-up comedian from Sittingbourne in Kent.  She began as part of the Soho Theatre Young Company in 2015 and has since risen through the comedy ranks at a pleasant speed where she garnered praise in the final of the Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year Award 2017 and came runner-up in the 2017 Funny Women Awards. She has been selected for the prestigious Pleasance Comedy Reserve 2018.

“compelling presence”   Steve Bennett, Chortle

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‘This comedy show provides something for everyone!’    **** Broadway Baby

“Funny Women celebrates Funny Women Finding Their Voice in Comedy.  It’s flying the flag for funny and has launched amazing careers. It’s a joyous thing.”  Stylist


When and where

The Blue Room,

Assembly Rooms,

George Street,

Edinburgh, EH2 2LR

7.20pm (1 hr)
£10 £8 concs
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