Funny Women, the UK’s leading female comedy community, is to lead an evening of workshops, panel discussions and live standup comedy.
The event, hosted by BBH London, is for anyone working in the creative industries who would like to express their ideas more confidently and freely using some of the tricks of the comedy trade.
According to a study by Unilever and the #SeeHer campaign around depictions of women in advertising, only 3% of ads show women in leadership positions, 2% show women being intelligent, and an even more lowly 1% show women with a sense of humour!
HERlarious is an initiative to get right to the heart of this issue, and intends to celebrate and encourage comedy within the creative industries – from script writing to casting, confidence to selling work.
HERlarious organisers, Funny Women, was founded in 2002 by Lynne Parker, in response to seeing more men than women getting gigs on the live comedy circuit. Although the scene is still battling panel show inequality and the gender pay gap, female comedy performers and writers are plentiful, prominent and successful.
Founder of Funny Women Lynne Parker said:
“I work with women in the creative industries to build their confidence and give them a voice. I am shocked that a ‘Mad Men’ mentality still exists with male creatives outnumbering female creatives. If you are writing, casting a directing a commercial for a product that you are selling to women, women should be a major part of that creative process. HERLarious will help creatives and writers in agencies develop the techniques to push female comedy and performance to the fore”.
The event will run on 9th October 2018 at BBH London. It will provide attendees with valuable advice on how to ‘perform’, write great copy, bring ideas to life and develop techniques to communicate more effectively. Additionally, the workshops and talks will demonstrate how to create your own material, interpret body language, tell a story and develop a strong narrative using humour.
HERlarious is open to anyone from first-jobber or intern, returner to the workplace or simply in need of a change of direction.
Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite at here.