Bishopston expects monthly invasion of Funny Women
Bristol is just riddled with comedy nights.
You can’t go into a pub without tripping over a mic stand these days. But if you’re a frequenter of the city’s excellent comedy scene (and if you aren’t, why not?), you’ll notice that these nights can be rather... well... chap heavy.
On January 16, national women-in-comedy behemoth Funny Women opens the doors for Time of the Month at Gloucester Road’s newest bar and arts space, Alchemy 198.
Local Funny Women producer and stand up Louise Leigh says: “I go to open mics and watch the boys risk being terrible over and over again until they’re really good. But if you’re the only woman on the bill, you play it safe. You feel like if you take risks, you’d be letting the side down. I want women to be able to push themselves out of their comfort zones in a really supportive environment. The only way to that is to get loads of us on the bill.”
"Time of the Month comes in two parts: from 6pm, it’s Playtime. This is an opportunity to experiment, learn new skills and come up with new material. There will be industry guests, improv games and joke-making exercises. At 8pm they’ll let the audience in for Showtime, with each performer getting five minutes to show off their skills!
“Every time I see women at one of Bristol’s open mics, they’re absolutely fantastic! I’m really looking forward to getting them all together.” says Louise. “It’s bound be one of the best nights of its kind in Bristol.”
Funny Women was formed in 2002 as a response to a male-dominated industry. Through 15 runs of its Awards, it has seen over 4,000 new female comedy acts, writers, performers and producers, and brought attention to the likes of Susan Calman, Katherine Ryan and Sarah Millican.
Funny Women founder and chief executive, Lynne Parker says: “We’ve worked really hard to get women’s voices heard, but there’s so much still to do. Time of the Month is a great way to nurture the talent of tomorrow and make sure women keep storming the comedy scene in the UK.”
The Time of the Month is on 16 January, 20 February and the 3rd Wednesday of the month thereafter. For more information contact TOTMSouthWest@funnywomen.com