Backing great new comedy talent

Funny Women Awards launches for 2011

Funny Women has launched its annual search for the best new talent for the ninth year running. The leading female comedy brand in the UK is setting the benchmark for women breaking into the industry.

“The 2011 Funny Women Awards hold the promise of even better things to come for the next generation of female comedy talent,” explains Lynne Parker, founder and executive producer of Funny Women.  “We’ll be searching the country for the very best new acts and we have an action-packed Awards schedule to ensure that we cover as much of the UK as possible with festivals and great venues.”

In 2010 the competition attracted a record breaking 350 entries, demonstrating that there are plenty of women out there who want to break into the world of comedy entertainment.

The very best acts will be selected from competition heats scheduled to take place across the UK from May to August.  24 semi-finalists will then compete for 12 coveted places in the national final, which takes place on Monday 26th September at the Leicester Square Theatre in Central London.

The Funny Women Awards are open to new female acts (up to five years performing) who can perform comedy in front of a live audience.  The producers look for stand ups, impressionists, sketches, character and musical comics, ventriloquists, magicians, double acts and ensembles… anything, as long as it has a comic twist.

There are three major Awards.  Funny Women are pleased to be continuing the Funny Women Variety Award after its initial success. The producers look forward to seeing another dazzling range of musical comedians, sketch groups, character actors and other unconventional acts.

This year sees the introduction of a Comedy Writing Award, which will offer women who are performance shy, a chance to compete. “Here at Funny Women we recognize that not everybody wants to be a performer and we encourage collaboration,” comments Lynne on the new writing category.  “This will give new female writers a unique opportunity and we will team them up with appropriate performers to stage their material.”
Entrants can register online and there is a nominal charge of £15 per act to contribute towards administration and promotion of this year’s Awards, and the provision of a fantastic career-boosting prize.  The producers also guarantee to see everybody who registers at a live showcase.
The main prize will include a career-building package to include the winner’s own website, an edited DVD of their final performance and a touring schedule for 2012.  Winners of the Variety Award and the Comedy Writing Award will get a one hour showcase of their work at a Central London venue during 2012.
Details on how to register for the 2011 Funny Women Awards can be found via the following link: http://www.funnywomen.com/awards.php.

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