Interview: Rachel Parris

Originally published at What The Frock! comedy. Rachel Parris occupies a unique position in the comedy world: straddling the sparsely populated border between musical comedy and Jane Austen improvisation. An actor, comedian, musician and improviser, Rachel has an intriguingly diverse repertoire with a CV that includes co-presenting Sky Atlantic’s Game of Thrones fan show Thronecast, […]

Review: Nineties Woman – Rosie Wilby

Originally published at Feminist Times. Rosie Wilby’s award-winning show Nineties Woman combines documentary, comedy, live storytelling, video interviews and archive photographs in a journey through her days as an awkward engineering student and lesbian feminist during the 1990s. Inspired by her rediscovery of old copies of the York University feminist newspaper Matrix (Greek for ‘womb’), […]

Women in Comedy: ones to watch

Originally published at Feminist Times. Women’s comedy is huge right now. In the last twelve months I’ve noticed a flurry of new women’s comedy nights, including the launch of Stand Up For Women – an organisation dedicated to putting on comedy fundraisers for women’s charities including Refuge, Women’s Aid and No More Page 3. Bristol-based […]

Comedy business celebrates first birthday

Originally published at Women’s Views on News. ‘I really can’t thank the Bristol Festival of Ideas enough for helping What The Frock! get started.’ Women’s comedy business What The Frock! will celebrate its first birthday this weekend, with a bumper comedy fest featuring, among others, funny women Tiffany Stevenson, Bethany Black and Jayde Adams. The Bristol-based business […]

Meet Jayde: “I like to surprise”

Originally published at What The Frock! Bristol-born Jayde Adams took a meandering route into comedy, taking in disco dancing, fish mongering and window selling along the way. “I tried acting, went to stage school, I have dabbled in musical theatre, physical theatre, I was a door woman, contemporary dancer, palm reader, restaurant manager, opera singer, cocktail waitress,” […]

Stand Up For Women

Originally published at What The Frock! Working for a violence against women charity, like being an Arsenal fan, is no laughing matter – as Denise Marshall, CEO of women’s charity Eaves, pointed out at the start of their Stand Up For Women comedy night in the Soho Theatre. Yet the amazing women (and men) who work at Eaves […]

Review: What The Frock! 3

Originally published at The Student Journals. Saturday 15th September saw the third What The Frock! women’s comedy night in Bristol, held in association with UK Feminista’s Summer School. In just four months, since the first event, WTF’s creator and organiser Jane Duffus has successfully proven that mainstream comedy clubs are overlooking some really hilarious women comedians. In fact, she’s proved her […]