2020 Funny Women Awards go ahead online!

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The UK's leading female comedy community, Funny Women, a WEConnect International certified women's business enterprise, has decided to go ahead with the annual Funny Women Awards by taking them online.

Now in their 17th year, previous winners and finalists of the Funny Women Awards include
Katherine Ryan , Zoe Lyons , Jayde Adams , Desiree Burch, Harriet Braine , Sara
Pascoe , Sarah Millican , Susan Calman, Rachel Parris , Bridget Christie , Kerry
Goldliman, Roisin Conaty and current winner Laura Smyth.

The first round entry process for the Stage Award was switched to five-minute video
submissions last year so, in accordance with Government guidelines and restrictions on
public events, this will also be extended into the semi-final rounds.

The semi-finals will involve industry panels viewing selected videos in virtual screening
rooms. As ever, there will be the same emphasis on having the highest calibre of regional,
national and culturally diverse industry judges to make up these new virtual panels.

The live final is scheduled to go ahead at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London on Thursday
24th September.

The Comedy Shorts and The Comedy Writing Awards will all be administrated online and the
winners will be decided by industry experts taking part in a virtual judging process.

Funny Women founder and chief executive Lynne Parker says:

“Any project of this nature is especially difficult for the comedy industry which is so reliant on live events. Fortunately, a good 70% of the Awards administrative process is already conducted virtually so it makes sense to extend this as far into the judging process as possible. Hopefully we’ll be able to deliver the live final as planned later this year.”

Funny Women Awards director Becky Singh says:

“We are known in the industry for finding incredible comedy talent, and this year will be no different. We’ve restructured the Awards process and yes, it will be challenging, but we're gonna do it anyway!”

Entry for Comedy Shorts, Comedy Writing and Stage Awards and all details about registration, terms and conditions for all award categories now available on https://www.funnywomenawards.com/

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