Funny Women Stand Up: Comedy for International Women’s Day

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Yesterday evening I went along to the Leicester Square Theatre for some giggles at a women’s stand-up comedy charity evening organised by Funny Women for International Women’s Day.

Loads of funny female comics took to the stage and had the audience laughing all evening. Highlights included the compere Mrs Barbara Nice, the 2009 winner of the Funny Women competition Miss London, Carrie Quinlan, Deborah Frances-White and a memorable and hilarious performance by A Ant (Bridget Christie).

Dead Ringers star Jan Ravens taught us how to impersonate Anne Robinson – we had to make crow noises to practice her voice! With so many brilliant acts on the bill, some of the sets were over too quickly. Even the interval was fun thanks to free cupcakes courtesy of Wendy May Cakes.

Funny Women was founded in 2002 to inspire and promote female stand-up comedians. The annual Funny Women competition gives female stand ups the opportunity to compete and get noticed. One of the most successful comedians to come from the awards is Mock the Week star Sarah Millican.

Visit the Funny Women website to find out about live stand-up comedy events, including the Second Sunday Showcase and workshops where you can learn some comedy skills.


  1. Carinya says:

    Sounds like a great night, it’s not often you see so many female comics on the bill of a comedy show. This should happen more often!

  2. Lynne Parker says:

    it’s great to work with such a wealth of female comedy talent and I feel very privaleged. We have more great events coming up – Mrs Barbara Nice is back with us this Sunday, for a Mother’s Day treat at the Leicester Square theatre performing her hit Edinburgh show, Higher and Hiya plus some special guests. Studio theatre so book early as tickets sell fast! Also on Monday 15th March we show our serious side with Not Just a Pretty Face, a forum where we explore how different things would be if women were in charge…or are they already?! Then to finish off we have Sex, Lies and Lots of Cake, a new show format which takes place at the New Players Theatre on Thursday 18th March.