Comedy Writing Award 2020

Katharine Armitage

Kat is a writer of comedy and drama with an unsurprising tea addiction, a slightly surprising pretend dog called Colin (he’s a doorstop) and a very surprising secret which she will only share with the person who commissions her sitcom…


Francesca Sewell

Francesca is from East London. Passionate about bringing working-class and Women’s stories to the screen; she is one half of comedy duo “We Don’t Hate Men”. “Stick It To Me” is based on Francesca’s own experience of trying for a baby.

Stick it to Me

Zara Janjua

Zara Janjua is a Scottish Pakistani presenter, journalist, comedian, actor and producer who lives in London. She was a broadcast journalist for national news programs and a producer for daytime shows before moving into entertainment, appearing in BBC comedy shows as both a host and a performer. Zara is an activist for equality and human rights.


Kate Elmer

Kate is a Yorkshire bred comedy writer who was most recently in the writers room for new Sky comedy Bloods, prior to this she was selected for the 2017 BBC Comedy Room scheme where she began her shortlisted script Mulch Wanted, as well as this project she is currently writing two new TV comedy scripts.

Mulch Wanted

Holly Dempster

Holly is an Actor/Writer who has trained with Identity School of Acting, Funny Women, and Soho Theatre. Her ambition is to be an established comedic writer and performer.

The Happiest Place on Earth

Sara Butler

Sara has two innate abilities.  Spinning yarns and sourcing snacks.

0800 Babe

Joanna Carolan

Joanna Carolan is a British Palestinian comedian and writer. She is one half of double-act, Shirley & Shirley.

The Other Mother

Tess Carruthers

Tess is an emerging writer based in London and Somerset. She graduated from the University of East Anglia with a first class degree in English Literature with Creative Writing and was recently longlisted for the Snoo Wilson Prize for Scriptwriting.

The Apothecary

Olivia Phipps

Olivia Phipps is a writer, producer and stand-up director based in Basingstoke.

The Evening Session

Stacey Evans

Stacey was forcibly expelled from the North in 2003 for not liking tea. She now resides in South East London where she attempts to act and write.

Big Time

Comedy Shorts Award 2020

Millicent Binks

A Suffolk girl living in London, I have a background in cabaret, burlesque and costume.  I’ve written about my dating adventures in publications like the Evening Standard and Sunday Times Magazine.  In the past few years, I’ve become interested in satire and have created sketches about femininity and stereotypes.

Ladies, Have We Progressed? 1920’s-2020’s

Marla Jane Lynch

Marla landed from Oz over a decade ago and is still confused Christmas isn’t in Summer. Known for making odd videos in the middle of the night, putting the kettle on, and winning an award as a tap-dancing Panto horse’s arse-end (yep, *officially* an award winning horse’s arse).

How Many Twitter Followers Do You Have?

Lizzy Mansfield

Lizzy is a comedy writer and filmmaker from Newcastle. She studied Physics and Philosophy and still secretly wants to be an astronaut one day.

Her films have screened at festivals including Cannes, Berwick, Encounters and at BFI Southbank and her TV pilot was shortlisted for this year’s BBC Comedy Writersroom.

An Inorganic Love Story

Steph Leigh & Mo Bayliss

Mo and Steph met at Bournemouth University and have since moved to Manchester to make comedy sketches. 

When they’re not being silly in front of the camera, you’ll find Steph making sweet beats in her room, and Mo writing horror screenplays in her pyjamas.

Pancake Jam

Eryn Tett

Born and raised in Singapore, Eryn Tett is now a Manchester based alternative comedian.

Winner of the Cherry Comedy Break out Act of the Year 2020, she’s been waiting for stand-up’s return by continuing to write and creating her own small comedy videos at home.

The Foxes F*ck on Wednesdays

Briony Puddepha

Briony is a writer and performer. She created the web-series Live With It alongside Juliana Matsubara, Jamie Mills and Paula Galan.

This year, she was shortlisted for the New Voice Awards and made the BBC Writersroom longlist. She writes for Cinegirl magazine and co-hosts its new podcast.

How to Ensure Personal Growth During Lockdown

Rhiannon Hopkins

Rhiannon is a writer, actor, multi-instrumentalist and professionally trained dancer. She specialises in writing silly songs (mostly about silly men). She is in the process of writing a musical comedy series and her original song ‘Naked Pictures’ has had over 150,000 views online and was recently featured on BBC Upload.

Her style has been described as a mix of Fleabag and a modern day Victoria Wood – accolades she will anxiously hope to live up to.

Naked Pictures

Sascha Lowdermilk

Sascha LO is a 19 year old stand up comedian (and gap year student) based in London. In her first 4 months of comedy, she was a Komedia and Stand-Up Get-Up finalist and Leicester Square New Comedian semi-finalist.

This is her first venture into sketch writing/acting/directing/editing.

How Does The Coronavirus Affect Gap Year Students?

Nikola McMurtrie

From the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, Nikola is a London-based performer who originally trained as a dancer at The Dance School of Scotland and Bird College.

In 2015, she started a YouTube channel (Nikola in the Pond) dedicated to comedy videos. She now has over 591,000 views.

Karaoke: Behind the Lyrics

Megan Smith & Lily Howkins

Megan and Lily are actresses, writers and co-founders of Double Yellow Theatre Company. This year, Megan performed her play Bourne at The Vault Festival and her latest comedy, Two Birds, was short-listed for the Pint Sized Plays awards.


Lily is currently in pre-production for her latest short dystopian film, ARPU.

Best Friends

Kitty Paterson

Kitty Paterson is a Glasgow based Writer/Performer/Director with a background in Fine Art, Cabaret and Physical Theatre. She adores terrible Sci-fi and Horror B-movies and all things 80s.

With a natural dry wit she discovered her knack for writing comedy back in 2013 and has mostly never looked back. Mostly.

Stranger Hings

Hall of Fame

We’ve had the great pleasure of seeing some of the greatest new female comedy acts begin their careers by taking part in the Funny Women Awards. So many of our alumni have gone on to do amazing things, and become household names. We couldn’t be more proud.

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