Celebrating funny ladies

This week was all about the lols when some of the Fever team headed over to KOKO for the final of the Funny Women Awards 2016. Sponsored by Benefit and in association with Refuge, the comedy competition encouraged donations throughout the night in aid of helping domestic violence victims.

The night not only lived up to expectation when it comes to serving up some seriously funny females, but was also a huge celebration of the comedy industry and how far it’s evolved for women trying to enter the limelight.

The first part of the evening immersed the audience in all things hilarious. Each of the six finalists performed a quick stand-up set, and it’s a fair assessment to say they all killed it. Each act brought a unique approach to comedy, with acts that included an Irish bisexual with Catholic roots, a guitarist who sang songs about art history and a disabled woman who would certainly make you think twice about using the disabled toilet. For real, she will cut you.

This was followed by four short films and a selection of comedy script-writers, which was a perfect reminder that the genius behind the laughs isn’t always on the stage, and quite often behind it. There were some brilliant entries and the whole evening was a barrel of laughs. Rofl. Lol. LMFAO. Etc.

Winners for the categories are listed below, and we’d def encourage you to keep an eye out for future events, it’s a great way of celebrating funny ladies and having a night out.

  • Harriet Braine, a 25-year-old archive assistant, won the £2,000 stage award
  • Self-confessed “comedy nerd” Carol Walsh won the comedy writing prize
  • Carolyn Goodyear, an actress who “fell into” writing, won the event’s shorts award with her short film Ambition

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