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Friday 06 May 2011

National Comedy Talent Competition Returns To Brighton As Part Of Festival Fringe

Comedic trailblazers Funny Women return to Brighton on Sunday 15th May as they tour their unique annual competition, the Funny Women Awards, for the ninth year running.

The awards are open to any woman who can perform comedy in front of a live audience.

The producers and judges are looking for stand ups, impressionists, sketches, character and musical comics, ventriloquists … anything - as long as it's funny. Last year the competition attracted over 350 entrants.

Up to 24 acts will be selected from across the UK to take part in the semi-finals with 12 acts going on to perform at the charity final on Monday 26th September.

The final takes place at the one of London's most exciting new comedy venues, the Leicester Square Theatre.

"We endeavour to cover as much of the UK as possible to see new acts," explains Lynne Parker, producer and founder of Funny Women.

"We are particularly excited to be back at the Brighton Fringe, and look forward to seeing as much new local talent as possible on the 15th May."

Hosting the Komedia heat will be 2005 Funny Women Awards finalist Julie Jepson.

First prize will be a development package worth £2,000 to include management for a year, a professionally edited video, a website and a number of tour dates around the UK this autumn and in 2012.

This year also sees the introduction of a Comic Writing Award, which will offer women who are performance shy, a chance to compete.

"Not everybody wants to be a performer and we do encourage collaboration," comments Lynne on the new writing category.

"This will give new female writers a unique opportunity and we plan to team them up with appropriate performers."

Anybody wishing to enter the Brighton showcase should now register on-line at to guarantee a place.

Tickets for the Brighton heat - Sunday 15th May - of the Funny Women Awards are already on sale at £10 (£8 concs), with a donation to local charity RISE - visit to book.

by: Mike Cobley


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