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February 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm GMT


Reclaim your business ‘mojo’ with some tricks of the comedy trade.

Explore techniques to communicate memorably and creatively within your communities and networks.

Facilitated by Lynne Parker, founder of Funny Women and Kirstin Miller, Comedy in the Community Project Lead and local business woman. 
As a Rochester based not-for-profit business, we empower a community of women to express themselves more confidently so that they can stand out in both their professional and personal lives.

Lynne, who founded Funny Women, 20 years ago, has worked with thousands of women through the annual Funny Women Awards and runs her workshops and events for organisations and companies including NatWest, Canada Life, Airbandb,  Havas Lynx, and MHS.  Funny Women’s HERlarious programme aimed at the workplace reflects the ideals of Funny Women, helping women to perform, write, create and do business with humour.

In this workshop Lynne deploys some of the tried and tested tricks of the comedy trade to provide insights and inspiration for professional women who want to take on leadership roles, speak in public and tell their story. The focus is on self-belief and developing personal skills to to run or start a business, take on a leadership role or seek promotion. We are particularly interested in those of you who stand back from taking on community leadership roles due to a lack of confidence – Medway is full of amazing women and we’re here to stand by your side.
This workshop covers:


      • Advice on how to ‘perform’, express yourself memorably and bring your ideas to life.

      • Techniques to communicate more effectively.

      • Knowing your worth – telling your own story, creating your own material, interpreting body language, and becoming more confident and memorable.

      • Law of attraction – how to connect with the people you need, virtually and in person, and how humour can help you keep them interested without being annoying.

      • Charisma, confidence and leadership skills.

      • De-stressing in an instant by having some fun!

    This workshop is free to attend thanks to funding from Medway Council and the UK Government Levelling Up initiative as part of Funny Women’s Comedy in the Community programme.

    There are only 30 spaces available and we are requesting that you make a donation to our chosen charity – The Friends of the Wisdom Hospice.

    Medway Street
    Chatham, ME4 4HF United Kingdom
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    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.


    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.


    2021 Funny Women Awards Prizes

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