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
Canada Life is so proud to have worked with Funny Women to deliver HERlarious to our employee community earlier this year. Aside from being the right thing to do, empowering women – and men – in the workplace is a great step towards building a more inclusive and productive workplace that reflects Canada Life’s values.
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!
UK Diversity & Inclusion Manager
Head of Diversity & Inclusion
Lloyds of London
Funny Women has curated a hugely entertaining and diverse comedy finale for our Dive In festival over the last five years. Our aim was to bring humour to diversity and end our festival on a high note.
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.
Working with Funny Women to deliver a fun, engaging and different development opportunity to people in my office was an excellent experience. People who usually run a mile from situations in which they have to speak or share couldn’t believe how comfortable they felt and how enjoyable and useful the workshops were.
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!
Community Organising Manager, EMEA
Working as experts in technology and virtual communications it is easy for us to forget how important it is to talk to each other when we work closely together. Lynne’s Stand Up to Stand Up workshop certainly got us talking! She showed us how important humour can be to convey a message and how we can make what we say memorable.
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.
Funny Women contributed hugely to the success of FM Global’s inaugural women engineers conference in Paris. Lynne and Jenny both took the time to understand the company and what we wanted our engineers to take away from the sessions, and they fitted these in beautifully with the overall theme.
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.
Group Manager - Field Engineering
Head of Marketing, UK & Ireland
We briefed Funny Women to deliver a workshop for our women’s network focusing on confidence in communication.
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
In a sea of samey skills training Funny Women offers something different. Inspiring, energising, empowering and fun(ny), I can’t recommend them highly enough.
Misa Von Tunzelman
Lead Director, Marketing & Communications
PA & Administrative Assistant
Coaching with Lynne was a thoroughly enjoyable and very helpful experience. She helped me to identify why I have confidence issues which enabled me to start to conquer them, and with her help, decided on the steps to take to improve this.
I left the coaching feeling very positive and inspired, with the tools I need to move forward.
Lynne ran an excellent workshop for my HR team. We wanted to do some team building, get to know each other better and have some fun at the same time.
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.
Leader, People Team, Europe
Thank you so much for recommending Laura Smyth, winner of the 2019 Funny Women Awards to host our Restaurant & Marketer & Innovator Awards – you were right, she was spot on and went down a storm!
Always a pleasure dealing with Funny Women and we will be back!
Healys Women in Business collaborated with Funny Women to host a leading networking event in Brighton for International Women’s Day. The HERlarious workshop and comedy were fantastic! Our guests really enjoyed the entertainment and we would highly recommend Funny Women’s services for corporate and private events.
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!
Marketing and Business Development Manager
Linda Lo Castro
Business Banking & Entrepreneurship
We worked with Funny Women to deliver a series of workshops to support and inspire our Women in Business customers.
We received great feedback from our guests who enjoyed the interactive nature of the workshops and left feeling energised, motivated and inspired.
We were delighted to partner with Funny Women to bring their HERlarious initiative to life. A superb event! Our research at Kantar shows a strong desire amongst consumers for brands to embrace humour in their advertising, and especially to depict women being funny.
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!
Head of Digital Content
Internal & Corporate Communications Officer
We used Funny Women last year as part of our week long colleague engagement workshops. They helped us provide colleagues with an opportunity to laugh and come together in a series of short 10 minute comedy sessions during the breaks.
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.