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Jon Aird | 10:30 UK time, Wednesday, 12 October 2011

The Funny Women Awards Final 2011 took place at the Leicester Square Theatre

The Funny Women Awards Final 2011 took place at the Leicester Square Theatre. Photograph by Grace Lightman.

Comedy competitions are always opportunities in the industry to see exciting new acts and are often the launchpad for comedians' careers

Last week we went to the final of Funny Women; a competition dedicated to celebrating and encouraging female comedic talent.

The judges were a scarily esteemed panel of people from the industry including BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz,  Lucy Lumsden from Sky Comedy and Kate Garraway, from Daybreak Entertainment.

Whilst they deliberated, we were treated to sketches from last year's winning act - Thankless Child.  

There were 13 comedians competing to be crowned the winner and they included sketch acts, characters, stand up and musical numbers featuring the staple of so many comedy acts - the ukelele.

Ther'es a tradition of ukelele's being featured in the final, with past ukelele-playing acts including Helen Arney (2010), Katy Schutte (2007) and this year's Gabriella Burnel

Judges from Funny Women Back row : Dr Linda Papadapoulos, Kate Garraway, Sam Ward, Louise Court, Lucy Ansbro, Will Gompertz. Front row : Jane Martinson, Lynne Parker, Lucy Lumsden. Photograph by Grace Lightman.

After a rich array of acts including Janet Bettesworth, Sadia Azmat and fast-talking Sarah Callahan, Lara A King was crowned the winner, and you can expect great things from her.

Runners up this year were the stand out stand up Katherine Bennett and the very aimiable Bekka Bowling. The variety award went to high energy sketch duo Ladies Live Longer.

To get an idea of what it was like, here's a clip created by Funny Women to show the best moments from the final. 


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