“Hopefully the nervous energy will make me a better performer.” | Izzy Askwith talks deadpan comedy, bringer gigs and the 2020 Funny Women finals

Tell us about you/your act. I’m a production assistant from Banbury and I started stand up last year. My act is pretty low energy, awkward and deadpan and might be a character act, but it’s not a huge stretch for me to be honest. What’s your favourite thing about working in comedy? Getting to watchContinue reading ““Hopefully the nervous energy will make me a better performer.” | Izzy Askwith talks deadpan comedy, bringer gigs and the 2020 Funny Women finals”

“I don’t think a bill of straight white men is the most exciting offering.” | Christina O’Sullivan on feminism, clowning and the Funny Women 2020 finals

Tell us about you/your act. My comedy tends to focus on feminism as I started doing comedy after I went home to Ireland to canvas for the abortion referendum. I wrote down a lot of what people said to me while canvassing and things just went from there. What’s your favourite thing about working inContinue reading ““I don’t think a bill of straight white men is the most exciting offering.” | Christina O’Sullivan on feminism, clowning and the Funny Women 2020 finals”

“All in all, people still want to laugh.” | Katie Green talks creativity, California and the Funny Women 2020 finals

Tell us about you/your act. My comedy style is a bold and unapologetic mix of observational comedy and impressions. My set is very reflective of my Salvadoran roots and growing up in a bicultural household in California. What’s your favourite thing about working in comedy? Probably being able to work alongside other creatives, and alwaysContinue reading ““All in all, people still want to laugh.” | Katie Green talks creativity, California and the Funny Women 2020 finals”

“If you tell me a secret I won’t tell anyone apart from 400 people in a dark basement.” | Fiona Ridgewell talks honesty, confidence and the Funny Women 2020 finals

Tell us about you/your act. I’m a bit of a gossip onstage, to be honest. If you tell me a secret I won’t tell anyone apart from 400 people in a dark basement. What’s your favourite thing about working in comedy? Meeting different people everyday, I feel like it’s enriched my life. I have lotsContinue reading ““If you tell me a secret I won’t tell anyone apart from 400 people in a dark basement.” | Fiona Ridgewell talks honesty, confidence and the Funny Women 2020 finals”

“I’d love to see diversity in all its raw, box breaking, oddball glory.” | Eryn Tett talks identity, absurdity and the 2020 Funny Women finals

Tell us about you/your act. Hey, I’m Eryn. I’m an alternative comedian born and raised in Singapore, now living in Manchester. I do stand up comedy, host and produce a webseries/gig called ‘Unpaid But Great Exposure’ and make silly videos. Described as “fast moving…and absurd” (Diva Magazine), my stand up is made up of wordContinue reading ““I’d love to see diversity in all its raw, box breaking, oddball glory.” | Eryn Tett talks identity, absurdity and the 2020 Funny Women finals”

“If I ever took an audience for granted before COVID, I certainly never will again! ” | Naomi Cooper on live audiences, pyjamas at work and the 2020 Funny Women finals

Tell us about you/your act. I’m a storytelling comic. As soon as anything happens in my life that’s remotely amusing, embarrassing or weird, it gets written down. If you go through the ‘notes’ app on my phone, all you’ll find is ideas for sets and other people’s WiFi passwords. Then at some point I sitContinue reading ““If I ever took an audience for granted before COVID, I certainly never will again! ” | Naomi Cooper on live audiences, pyjamas at work and the 2020 Funny Women finals”

“I’m mostly just frustrated with banal things that don’t matter.” | Mary O’Connell on represenation, Zoom gigs and the Funny Women 2020 finals

Tell us about you/your act. I’m mostly just frustrated with banal things that don’t matter. What’s your favourite thing about working in comedy? Trying out a joke for the first time and it working. What challenges have you faced working in comedy? Being a woman, you have to prove yourself a bit more, you haveContinue reading ““I’m mostly just frustrated with banal things that don’t matter.” | Mary O’Connell on represenation, Zoom gigs and the Funny Women 2020 finals”