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Emma Watson, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and Forest Whitaker, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation ©UN Women/Celeste Sloman

Bursary for Female Comedians

The 99 Club is London’s biggest employer of stand-up comedians, with six different West End venues. It was also awarded London’s Best Comedy Club at the Chortle Awards every year from 2011 to 2017.

Over the years, it has hosted performances by amazing, highly talented female comics like Sara Pascoe, Ellie Taylor, Sarah Millican, Sarah Silverman, Luisa Omelian, Katherine Ryan, Zoe Lyons, Kerry Godliman, Roisin Conaty, Holly Walsh, Shappi Khorsandi (with Roisin, Holly and Shappi having been resident MC’s for them) and many many more.

As The 99 Club remarks “We know that there will be many more talented female comics out there who we look forward to working with in future.  We also know that it’s important to take concrete steps to support female performers.”

Earlier this year, The 99 Club were official partners of the UN Women’s HeforShe gender equality campaign, and ran a comedy show to raise both funds and awareness in conjunction with the 2017 HeForShe Arts Week.

The 99 Club is now delighted to announce a unique bursary for female performers taking their first full length solo show to the Edinburgh Festival, a major step in a comedian’s development.  Shortlisted performers will appear in a showcase at one of its West End venues on 24th July and two comics will each receive an award of £500.

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