Flexing Our Funny Bone for Charity

Leading female comedy promoter Funny Women, has been facing up to the challenge of proving that women really are very funny for the last eight years. With a record number of entries last year into its annual new talent competition, the Funny Women Awards, the producers want to show that everybody can tap into their innate sense of humour and use it to communicate effectively in their business and social lives, especially women.

The3rdimagazine are teaming up with Funny Women and Good Shepherd healthcare to launch the first Funny Women Challenge to be held in Scotland.

Six leading businesswomen are being challenged to perform three minutes of stand up comedy in front of a paying audience in The Dram Comedy Venue, Glasgow on the evening of 11th August. Each of the challengers will get support and coaching from the Funny Women team ahead of their comedy debut.

The evening will help raise funds to help trafficked women in India. HIV/AIDS is growing across India and in the state of Karnataka in South India and in particular among ‘Devadasi’. They are young girls from poor Dalit families who are ‘dedicated’ to the goddess Yellamma and then used in the practice of socially and religiously sanctioned prostitution.

We would like to help make a difference in a small way by raising funds towards helping the Good Shepherd Healthcare team to establish a mobile health unit that will go out into the villages around the Yellamma temple and can offer good medical care and nutrition to those who are often too unwell to travel for help.

Hosting the show will be Scottish actress, comedienne, playwright, journalist and author

Janey Godley!


“The Glasgow Comedy Queen” (The List)
“Compelling… ballsy… a breath of fresh air” (The Guardian)
“The most outspoken female stand-up in Britain” (Daily Telegraph)
“The greatest British improviser of her generation” (What’s On Stage)
“Some of the sharpest-elbowed comedy in the world” (New York Times)
“Scotland’s funniest woman… the Godmother of Scottish Comedy” (The Scotsman)

Lynne Parker, founder of Funny Women, now runs regular workshops to help women to explore their funny side. “I have seen how much stand up helps women to become more assertive and confident in their every day lives. We started running comedy workshops for women alongside the Funny Women Awards three years ago and our business programme is a natural extension of this activity, aimed at women who want to gain in confidence and communicate more effectively.”


Karen Birch is Managing Director at the3rdimagazine

“I’ve made presentations in front of hundreds of people at venues as diverse as The House of Lords and The Glasgow Concert Hall but the idea of stand up comedy takes me completely out of my comfort zone. But if I am to challenge other businesswomen to perform on the 11th August I have to be prepared to do so myself!”


Ruth Walker is Managing Director at Turquise Insight,

a consultancy specialising in helping organisations and individuals achieve successful progress and change through strategy development and mentoring. Ruth has a particular interest in the charity sector and in mentoring and coaching younger leaders. Ruth has been leading the project to raise awareness of, and much needed funds for, Good Shepherd Healthcare.

Jackie Cameron owns Cameron Consulting.

After a long career as a tax consultant Jackie wanted to “work with other people to make a difference” – which is still her mission. Jackie has coached clients from all types of organisations including business owners, directors, educational leaders, new managers and recent graduates.


Michelle Rodger is a former national newspaper journalist, a business founder and communications consultant.

Michelle is a keen supporter of young entrepreneurship initiatives across Scotland and writes a weekly column for Scotland on Sunday, focusing on the challenges and rewards of being an entrepreneur and issues affecting SMEs.

Pam Lyall is Director of Mediation Services at Core Solutions.

Core is Scotland’s leading provider of high quality independent mediation and facilitation services in the private and public sectors. They work throughout the UK and beyond, helping businesses, organisations and individuals find prompt, constructive and creative solutions to difficult problems or disputes.

Pat Elliott is an inspirational speaker.

Pam is also creator, designer and developer of web-enabled bio-medical software for stress compliance in organisations and stress management and prevention for individuals. Pat is also an author of many articles and books.



You can get involved and support our debut stand ups and help us to raise money for this great charity by coming along on the night.

Ticket price is just £20, which includes fun, a pizza and glass of wine!

In order to keep admin costs to an absolute minimum we wish to avoid the costs involved when booking on-line so we are asking that guests pay at the door on the night. We do, however, need to order enough pizzas :0) so please e-mail karen@the3rdi.co.uk to book your place.


4 Comments on Flexing Our Funny Bone for Charity

  1. A wonderfully inspiring and unique way to build personal confidence and raise funds for a cause that is very much worthy of support and public visibility. I would love to be a fly on the wall at the event(but no chance!). Good luck to all involved. Are there plans to roll out the project across the country?

  2. What a great idea and I wish you all every success.

    Is the audience to be women only?

  3. geraldine coleman // August 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm // Reply

    Looking forward to it !

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