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Jo Brand to host Women in Journalism v Funny Women virtual party

Posted on: June 24, 2020 by Ian Murray

Women in Journalism (WiJ) are staging a virtual Summer Party to raise funds to support the Funny Women community as the restrictions created by the Covid-19 crisis continue.

Money raised as part of the event will also assist the organisations out reach activity.

Comedian Jo Brand (pictured) will host the hour-long event on Tuesday, June 3 starting at 7pm.

Tickets are £10 and you can register here.

Taking part will be a team of comedians and a team of journalists with the aim of exploring the funny side of the news.

For the comedians:

Athena Kugblenu was awarded the BBC Felix Dexter Bursary for BAME up-and-coming comedy writers in 2020 and has written for Radio 4’s News Quiz, Newsjack, The Now Show and is a lead writer for multi-cultural sketch show Sketchtopia. She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, is a regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist, and been a panellist of Radio 4 staples such as Comedy Club, Museum of Curiosity, Loose Ends and Arts Club. She’s also a regular on BBC Scotland’s Breaking the News.

Shazia Mirza is an award winning British stand up comedian and writer whose TV and radio appearances include ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’, ‘Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls’, ‘Celebs In Solitary’, ‘The Museum of Curiosity’ and ‘Woman’s Hour’.

Lucy Porter is a stand up comedian as seen on TV shows such as Live at the Apollo, Would I Lie to You and QI. She’s also a regular on BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz and the Now Show. Lucy is a keen amateur quizzer, having won Celebrity Mastermind and The Chase, and presents the successful quizzing podcast Fingers on Buzzers.

For the journalists:

Helen Lewis is a staff writer at The Atlantic and author of Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights. She appears regularly on BBC Radio 4’s News Quiz.

Ayesha Hazarika is editor of the Evening Standard’s Londoner’s Diary, a broadcaster, stand up comedian and former Labour Party advisor.

Eva Simpson : Award-winning journalist writes a column in the Daily Mirror every Thursday. She is also one of the newspaper’s original 3am Girls.

“Our ‘news’ content for the event will be expertly curated by Sally Holloway, author of The Serious Guide to Joke Writing, who will help us select the topics and media stories for our teams to discuss,” revealed Women in Journalism.

“We want you to get involved too. Please ask a question about the news, to include current affairs, media personalities or showbiz topics, that you would like Jo Brand to ask our panel in the CUSTOM QUESTIONS when you book your ticket,”  

Funds raised from ticket sales will be shared between Funny Women, Women in Journalism & The Fawcett Society to continue providing important platforms for performers, writers and creators.

Image courtesy of The Independent