Join us for an hour of brilliant comedy, hosted by Funny Women’s very own ‘matron’ Jo Brand, for a live event.

Tuesday 30th June

7.00-8.00pm on Zoom

The easing of lockdown has not come quickly enough for us to have our usual ‘end of term’ Summer Party so we’ve enlisted the help of the Funny Women community to create a virtual celebration instead! In the absence of any of their own live events for the foreseeable future, how could they resist?! Plus, as a not for profit community we can raise some much need funds to support their ongoing 2020 Funny Women Awards and outreach activity.

Join us for an hour of brilliant comedy, hosted by Funny Women’s very own ‘matron’ Jo Brand, for a live event loosely based on a certain television panel show. A team of comedians take on the journalists to explore the news and have some fun.

For the comedians:

Athena Kugblenu was awarded the BBC Felix Dexter Bursary for BAME up-and-coming comedy writers in 2020 and has written for Radio 4’s News Quiz, Newsjack, The Now Show and is a lead writer for multi-cultural sketch show Sketchtopia. She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, is a regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist, and been a panellist of Radio 4 staples such as Comedy Club, Museum of Curiosity, Loose Ends and Arts Club. She’s also a regular on BBC Scotland’s Breaking the News.

Shazia Mirza is an award winning British stand up comedian and writer whose TV and radio appearances include ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’, ‘Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls’, ‘Celebs In Solitary’, ‘The Museum of Curiosity’ and ‘Woman’s Hour’.

Lucy Porter is a stand up comedian as seen on TV shows such as Live at the Apollo, Would I Lie to You and QI. She’s also a regular on BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz and the Now Show. Lucy is a keen amateur quizzer, having won Celebrity Mastermind and The Chase, and presents the successful quizzing podcast Fingers on Buzzers.

For the journalists:

Helen Lewis is a staff writer at The Atlantic and author of Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights. She appears regularly on BBC Radio 4’s News Quiz.

Ayesha Hazarika is editor of the Evening Standard’s Londoner’s Diary, a broadcaster, stand up comedian and former Labour Party advisor.

Eva Simpson : Award-winning journalist writes a column in the Daily Mirror every Thursday. She is also one of the newspaper’s original 3am Girls.

Our ‘news’ content for the event will be expertly curated by Sally Holloway, author of The Serious Guide to Joke Writing, who will help us select the topics and media stories for our teams to discuss.

We want you to get involved too. Please ask a question about the news, to include current affairs, media personalities or showbiz topics, that you would like Jo Brand to ask our panel in the CUSTOM QUESTIONS when you book your ticket by Monday 22nd June.

Funds raised from ticket sales will be shared between Funny Women and Women in Journalism to continue providing important platforms for performers, writers and creators during this difficult time.

We are also accepting donations towards the work of The Fawcett Society, Funny Women’s charity partner, campaigning to give women a voice.

If you would like to make a donation to the Fawcett Society please follow this link

£10 a ticket