Some of the best and most innovative female comedy acts will take to the stage for the seventh year running in support of Funny Women’s annual charity gala, Funny Women Stand Up, on International Women’s Day, Monday 8th March. The show brings attention to the issues surrounding violence against women both home and abroad.
Box office proceeds raised on the night will be donated to V-Day: Until the Violence Stops, which is currently focusing on a campaign to stop the physical violence and brutality that women and girls are suffering as a by-product of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Stop Raping Our Greatest Resource.
This year’s Funny Women Stand Up takes place at the fabulous Leicester Square Theatre, rapidly becoming one of the leading venues for comedy in the beating heart of London’s theatreland and already home to Funny Women’s Second Sunday Showcases, held each month. The line up reflects the wide range of female comedy talent that Funny Women presents and supports through its annual competition, the Funny Women Awards, and its programme of events across the UK.
Hosting the evening will be everybody’s favourite comedy mum, Mrs. Barbara Nice, ‘Barbara as in Streisand, Nice as in biscuit’, who is the alter ego of the very talented Janice Connolly.
‘Babs’ will lead us through a vibrant cornucopia of talent which includes the winner of the 2009 Funny Women Awards, Miss London, who is already making quite a name for herself with a programme for CBBC and other filming commitments just six months after her first ever gig. Last year’s two runners up will also be on the bill: impressionist Eve Webster, already catching the eye of television producers with her ability to capture the vocal likenesses of some leading female celebrities and Jo Selby, another incredibly talented character act.
Impressionist and star of BBC’s Dead Ringers, Jan Ravens and the brilliant laconic wit of Shazia Mirza promise to be more shining highlights of this fantastic evening, finished off with a dash of sketch and character comedy from Domestic Goddi and Bridget Christie. There are more acts to be announced and special guests a plenty, plus a chance to win marvellous raffle prizes.
This is the seventh year that Funny Women has staged a charity benefit on International Women’s Day and this event fulfils the company’s pledge ‘to laugh about life to help and heal women.’ The event grew out of a collaboration between Funny Women founder and producer, Lynne Parker, and government advisor and former stand-up comic, Ayesha Hazarika.
The show on the 8th March marks the launch of a two week festival to celebrate International Women’s Day, See You Next Tuesday, which runs to the 20th March and plays host to a programme of cultural activities based at the New Players Theatre.
Where, When and How much?
Venue: Leicester Square Theatre – main house, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
Doors: 7.30 p.m. for show 8.00 p.m.
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Why not join us for our International Women’s Day conference during the day. We’re going to be going to this event after the conference, so let me know if you would like to join us when we go.