Building your business is no joke. Under the banner of HERlarious Funny Women curates workshops, events and creative work with the purpose of changing the narrative for women in the workplace and giving them the tools and confidence to have a voice.
Funny Women helps women to perform, write and do business with humour. Recognised comedy experts, we deploy some of the tried and tested tricks of the comedy trade to provide insights and inspiration for your business.
Founder Lynne Parker created Funny Women in 2002 as a response to the myth perpetuated that women aren’t funny. Now the landscape has changed, and women are proving that they are as funny, if not funnier, and every bit as successful as their male counterparts.
This change has run parallel to women becoming more prominent in business, politics, public life, industry, media, sport, the armed services and beyond and we have been working with some amazing companies and organisations using humour to develop confidence, build teams and improve creativity and wellbeing.
We originally ‘gave birth’ to HERlarious, as a way of changing the narrative around how women are represented in the workplace, advertising and the media and to promote the fact that a gender balance equates to sustainable success and stability for businesses.
Despite our best efforts and those of our clients, a recent study by Unilever and the #SeeHer campaign revealed that only 3% of advertisements show women in leadership positions, 2% show women being intelligent, and an even more lowly 1% show women with a sense of humour!
With some help from our friends in top advertising agencies and marketing networks, we created our ongoing HERlarious – Comedy for Creatives events to encourage collaboration between women in comedy and the creative industries – from script writing to casting, and having the confidence to sell our work. Where better to influence public opinion and showcase even more great female comedic and creative talent than by changing the face of how products and services are advertised.
Now we’ve expanded our HERlarious offer to bring businesses and organisations face to face with our community of Funny Women – performers, producers, directors and creators who can make your products and services look and feel good in today’s highly competitive marketplace.
Don't just take our word for it
Here's what just some of our clients have said
It was an absolutely amazing feeling to hear the peals of laughter emanating from each of the workshops and hear first-hand from our colleagues the difference that the creative, fun workshops made to their own professional and personal development. The event is still referenced across the company over 10 months on. A true measure of the HERlarious value in my opinion!
The sessions were brilliant, all focusing on a relevant topic like how to present yourself online and improvisation. Our colleagues came away having laughed and learnt a lot. We can’t thank the team enough for their support in making these sessions work for our business. They’re brilliant, and very funny women.
Even with attendees from 11 different European countries/cultures, they got everyone participating from an early stage and our women commented on how much they enjoyed the workshops.
Two subsequent events were hosted online due to covid-19 but once again the connection between comedy and business ensured an entertaining and informative session. I was able to select topics relevant to my invited group of women in business delivered by a variety of speakers.
There is a huge opportunity for the creative industry to connect better with women through comedy, which Lynne and the team really champion. Those of us who took part in the coaching and workshops found them incredibly inspiring and confidence-boosting. Thank you!
We will certainly be working with them again in the future. A special thanks to Funny Women founder, Lynne Parker, for her support and assistance – it was an absolute pleasure to work with you!
The facilitators are not only experts in their fields but fabulous people to work with and get to know. I can't recommend working with Funny Women enough!
Funny Women’s ability to interpret our brief and produce the event from start to end has ensured the ‘Comedy Fest’ to be a sure-fire hit addition to programme, which always leaves our audiences wanting more.
Lynne also demonstrated how humour can bring diverse teams together with a series of fun exercises that took us out of our comfort zone. This proved that even though men and women may think and operate differently in the workplace, we all have an equally valid voice.
The soft skills employed were fun and engaging and the opportunity to test the barriers of your comfort zone in a safe creative space are invaluable in business life. Highly recommended
Feedback is excellent and the atmosphere at the event was second to none.
Inspiring, energising, empowering and fun(ny), I can’t recommend them highly enough.
I am truly grateful that we found one another for the benefit of the Womentorship program at the Edwards School of Business, Saskatoon.
I left the coaching feeling very positive and inspired, with the tools I need to move forward.
The team really got stuck in and Lynne facilitated the session extremely well resulting in some great discussions which were very relevant to the work place. They are still talking about it! I would highly recommend Funny Women.
Always a pleasure dealing with Funny Women and we will be back!
We received great feedback from our guests who enjoyed the interactive nature of the workshops and left feeling energised, motivated and inspired.
Lynne, thanks for organising this so quickly. A real pro!