Funny Women Pop Up to Edinburgh Fringe!
This August Funny Women, the UK’s leading community for female comedy, is reviving the pioneering spirit of the Fringe by hosting its own venue as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The first ever Funny Women Pop Up Fringe, in association with Benefit Cosmetics, will take place at Le Monde Hotel in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town on George Street from Friday 16th August to Sunday 25th August, with a preview day on Thursday 15thAugust.
For the first time at the Edinburgh Fringe, Funny Women will be offering a unique day pass for visitors to their venue. The pass offers access to as many shows and events as guests can fit into any one day; that's up to ten shows for just £25! And they don't stop at stand-up; pass holders can also enjoy comedy drama ‘Touched… Like a Virgin’, panel and line-up shows, as well as Funny Women Awards semi-finals, comedy workshops, shows by 2012 Funny Women Awards winners and finalists including Gabby Best, Sooz Kempner, Viv Groskop, and Leanne Davis, and solo shows from some top new and established female acts including Phoenix Nights star Mrs. Barbara Nice!
The play 'Touched...Like a Virgin' written by award-winning playwright Zoe Lewis and produced by Funny Women will be making its Edinburgh debut starring Olivia Lee ('Balls of Steel' and 'Dirty, Sexy, Funny,') after a successful run at the Soho Theatre in 2012. ‘Touched’ takes a gut wrenching look at the thirty-something dilemma with a soundtrack sung by 2012 Funny Women Variety Award winner Sooz Kempner. Expect pop hits, artificial insemination and tears.
‘Fantastic and hilarious’ ***** -Daily Mirror
‘A beautifully constructed one-woman show’ **** DailyTelegraph
Funny Women is curating daily Comedy Showcases to give Fringe visitors a taste of the talent presented at the company’s regular showcase nights at the Leicester Square Theatre in London and Komedia in Brighton. Expect a different daily line-up of the best new and established female comedians at the Edinburgh Fringe each day.
Funny Women is also bringing two of the Funny Women Awards semi-finals to the Fringe. With previous winners and finalists including Susan Calman, Bridget Christie, Andi Osho and Katherine Ryan, Fringe goers could be in with a chance to see the next big thing before she goes stratospheric!
Funny Women Awards 2012 Variety Award Winner Sooz Kempner will be performing her solo show ‘Soozical’, which debuted at the Leicester Square Theatre in April, giving classic pop songs a cheeky, cabaret twist. In addition to Sooz’s show, Funny Women Awards 2012 Winner Gabby Best will join Sooz for a Fringe exclusive Winners Showcase at the end of the festival.
'Sooz Kempner re-words mid-naughties pop songs but she has such a mighty, thrilling voice that you feel only awe and gratitude that she has given it to comedy' - Spoonfed.
The Funny Women Pop Up Fringe will play host to several other solo stand-up shows, including international fun smuggler, Mrs. Barbara Nice ('Phoenix Nights' star Janice Connolly)and 2003 Funny Women Awards Finalist Ria Lina's show 'Thpethial' which addresses themes on autism and mental health. Successful journalist and stand-up comedian Viv Groskop’s show ‘I Laughed, I Cried’ details the moment of madness that led her to perform100 gigs in 100 nights in a bid to work out whether she could hack it as a stand-up, and Leanne Davis will regale the audience with her ‘Hobo Adventures’. Zoe Lewis, author of ‘Touched’, will be presenting her provocatively titled show ‘Fat Chav,’ whilst Ishi Khan Jackson will share with the audience ‘I am Happy.
For those looking for something different from the traditional stand up format, Funny Women offer several alternatives. Canadian comedian and improviser Courtney Cornfield will be keeping parents and children entertained with 'Funny Mummies', an improvised show for children and parents where the kids make up the story! A daily chat show with a rotating mix of comedians, writers and promoters will give an insight into working in the comedy industry, amid many amusing personal anecdotes. And if that wasn’t already enough, guest-hosted Funny Women Workshops will be held on weekends in storytelling, comedy writing, improvisation and stand up!
All events will take place in the elegant Le Monde Hotel's Shanghai Club Room, a popular venue for cocktail lovers; Funny Women ticket holders will receive a 10% discount on all food and drink purchases. Benefit Cosmetics will be bringing the famous Benebus to St. Andrew’s Square Gardens where their make-uppers will be helping festival go-ers get their glam on with mini-makeovers. There will also be some surprise Benefit and Funny Women activities… watch this space!