A comedian from Swindon has won third place at the 2019 Funny Women Awards. Having battled it out against 433 entrants from across the globe, she was one of nine to reach the finals in her category.
Despite having only been in the comedy circuit for just over a year, Charlie George - from Toothill, West Swindon - came third in her category: the Funny Women Stage Award.
Just over a year ago, after suffering from writer’s block, Charlie George drove her creativity in a new direction: comedy. Since then she has won the LGBTQ+ New Comedian of the Year award and was a runner-up at this year’s Funny Women Awards - previous winners and nominees include Katherine Ryan, Sarah Pascoe and Sarah Millican.
Speaking of her win yesterday evening Miss George says, “I came runner up, – third place – which was brilliant!
“It was really fun - I had a great night! The standard was insanely high, but everybody was just getting such great laughs.
“The woman who won, she hadn’t been going for very long and she was amazing – super, super funny. The second-place winner was my friend, a working-class comedian from the North of England, who I think deserved her place as well.
“I was really happy to even be placed, because it was really good! It’s really nice to come away with something.
“I think the lady who won – as a surprise prize – is going to get mentorship from Jo Brand which is amazing. The rest of us just feel like we’ve got an amazing network of women around us now because we had such a fun time backstage – everyone was just really lovely.
“It was one of the better competitions I’ve done in terms of everybody being so funny. I think they vetted it really well because everybody was of a certain standard.
“I was really nervous waiting and was ready to be like, “Well I’ve had fun time…’ and then they called my name! This is exactly what happened to me in Edinburgh, back in August, when I came third place in another competition, so obviously I am really good at being third [laughs]!”
Categories for the 2019 Funny Women Awards were the Funny Women Writing Award, Funny Women Shorts Award and Charlie's category the Funny Women Stage Award.
Read more on Charlie George: www.swindonlink.com/8912/swindon-comedian-shortlisted-for-2019-funny-women-awards/