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Comedy Crash Course

30/01/2023 @ 12:00 pm 03/02/2023 @ 2:00 pm GMT

We’re committed to providing opportunities for you to explore your comedic talent and our online Comedy Crash Course was the success of lockdown. This is an accessible and inclusive fast-track programme providing you with guidance and support towards performing, writing and creating comedy. 

Featuring an hour a day of expert coaching and guidance from brilliant industry experts and an opportunity to perform in an online showcase at the end of the week.

Our facilitators are:

Lynne Parker created Funny Women In 2002 and will kickstart the week with a workshop that connects you, builds your confidence and gets your creativity flowing. 

Rachel Creeger is an award-winning stand-up comedian, writer and director, and the only practising Orthodox Jew on the UK comedy circuit. She is resident MC for London comedy club ‘Upstairs at the Adam & Eve’, and co-host of two podcasts, including the internationally acclaimed ‘Jew Talkin’ To Me?’. Rachel will guide you through the comedy circuit and how to go about taking your first steps into the industry. She will also discuss tips and tricks for writing and performing, how to use the stage and microphone effectively, and finding your comedy voice. 

Monica Gaga 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. Monica will show you how the principles of improv can be used as a tool to build on your performance skills. During her session you will engage in practical exercises to supercharge your comedy and performance.

Siân Rowland is a playwright whose latest play The Cracks was runner up for the prestigious Popcorn new writing award. Her writing has recently been long-listed for the Bruntwood award and the Female Comedy Pilots Club and she has written for the NewsRevue London and Edinburgh shows. Whether you’re planning a sitcom or simply want to find your comedy voice, she’ll be tapping into her experience to help you elevate your comedy writing to the next level.

Daily workshops are held on Zoom, from 12.00pm to 1.00pm Monday to Thursday and recorded should you miss a day.

Culminating in a live online showcase on Friday, where you’ll perform or present your pitch and receive invaluable feedback from facilitators and peers. This is split into two parts with an hour interval 11.00am to 12.00pm & 1.00pm to 2.00pm.

What past participants say:

“It was a brilliantly diverse line-up of talented industry professionals who gave us great techniques to try out new ideas while giving constructive and helpful feedback.”

“All the guest speakers were excellent. They were kind and non-judgemental and gave us the confidence to try things without filtering ourselves. I would especially recommend this course to people who are starting out in comedy and in need of an extra boost!”

Full price £75 (+ VAT) plus booking fee.

Patreon rate £50 (+VAT) plus booking fee. To find out how to join Patreon all the details are here.

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Comedy Shorts Award Entry Requirements

The deadline for registration for the Comedy Shorts Award has passed.

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.

WHAT KIND OF FILM ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

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!

WHO CAN ENTER?

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.

ARE THERE ANY ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR MY FILM?

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/ .

WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH MY FILM?

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.

HOW IS IT JUDGED?

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.

WHAT CAN I WIN?

2021 Funny Women Awards Prizes

The deadline for registration for the Comedy Shorts Award has passed.

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