Ever been told women aren't as funny as men? Us too. In fact we got so sick of hearing it, we decided to respond recordingly (ha!) with And Then She Said a Funny Thing... - a brand new podcast featuring bite-sized comedy shorts by some of the funniest women around.
We began with a comedy writing workshop, open to all women from first funny forays to seasoned industry wits, which generated some great content for our first show.
Following the workshop we launched an open submissions callout asking for 90-second pieces of comic writing suitable for audio performance. We were astounded to receive almost 600 submissions from across (and even beyond) the UK in just 3 weeks.
Spoilt for choice, we eventually chose the material for our pilot episode, which was recorded in front of a live audience on 12 Sep 2014 at Omnibus Clapham.
Sketches, rants, song, poetry and spoken word make up the humorous hour, with each and every piece written by women and performed by our crack team of comedy pros. And here it is...
The response to the project has been overwhelming, including support from leading female comedy community Funny Women, and The Huffington Post.
However, the entire pilot was put together on a shoestring thanks the incredible generosity of the venue, cast and crew who threw their graft into the production purely on goodwill.
In order to continue the podcast, and our mission to provide opportunities for funny women, we need your help!
Where will your money go?
Free workshops for female writers:
A forum for women to share and develop their work. This includes collaborating with other writers, having work performed by professional actors and wise words from witty women experienced in the comic profession.
This includes managing submissions, offering advice/edits, selecting Podcast pieces, marketing and social media output.
Paying cast and crew according to Equity Minimum rates for rehearsal and performance recording. Each quarter we will record three 20 minute episodes in front of a live audience, to be released monthly.
Audio editing and distribution online.
Please be aware that we are only asking for enough to cover costs and pay the professionals. As producers we are not looking to make any kind of profit.
We also aim to build a community of women writers collaborating to make great comedy in a forum that's open to all - from the 'give it a go' to the comic pro.
So no more myths about women being less funny than men. Stop it. No.
Some quotes, just so you know we're not making it up:
"Crooked Pieces is a fantastic initiative set up by four passionate women to amplify women's voices in comedy - not to mention a really great live show!" - Lynne Parker (Chief Executive, Funny Women)
"The show felt really polished and well rehearsed, and having a couple of the contributors perform too was a great touch. I'm really looking forward to hearing the podcast, and will definitely come again!" - Paul Bowsher (Audience member)
"I've been involved in other live podcast recordings and this was by far the slickest, funniest and most professional. Can't wait to hear the podcast" - Rachel E. Thorn (Writer)
Risks and challenges
We know we can make a fantastic product. The talent is out there and there is a wide audience for what we are creating. Our main challenge is raising the capital to pay our wonderful creatives, and keep And Then She Said a Funny Thing... growing and developing as an opportunity for all women.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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