Greater Manchester FringePreview

MANC MINI: Lynne Parker on Funny Women

Our Manc Mini series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at the North West’s largest arts festival. Funny Women founder Lynne Parker, tells us about the awards.


How would you describe your show in one sentence?

The Funny Women are now in their 14th year and are recognised as the benchmark for new female comedy.

Is this your first visit to the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?

Yes, we’ve introduced Regional Finals for the Awards this year so we thought it would be good to have them as part of the Festival. We have had some amazing talent come via Greater Manchester over the years so we’re looking forward to showcasing even more this year.

How has the show developed on the way to the Greater Manchester Fringe?

We will have seen over 350 acts for the Stage Award so the Regionals Finalists will be the cream of the crop.

How have you been preparing for the Greater Manchester Fringe?

By making sure we get the very best new female comedy talent on stage.

What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?

The Funny Women Awards have really expanded over the last five years thanks to support from our amazing comedy sponsors, Benefit Cosmetics. They have fully invested in female comedy based on the fact that they believe that laughter is the best cosmetic.

What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Festival (apart from your own!)?
Norris &Parker
Ria Lina
We like to support women at the Fringe.

If your show was a biscuit what type of biscuit would it be and why?

A Jaffa Cake – soft and chocolatey on the outside with a sharp zesty filling.

Dates and time: Friday 29 July – 8pm
Venue: The Lowry, Salford
Company Twitter: @funnywomen


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