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Funny Women Awards head to Bath for talent show heat
Funny Women Awards 2009 winner, Miss London
Miss London, the 2009 Funny Women champion, beat 250 other entrants

Laugh-a-minute ladies from in and around Bath are wanted for a national talent competition that is taking place in the city this summer.

The Funny Women Awards is coming to comedy venue Komedia, as part of the Bath Fringe Festival.

The awards are open to any woman who can perform comedy in front of a live audience, including stand-ups, musical comics, and impressionists.

The competition takes place on Thursday, 3 June 2010.

Last year the competition attracted over 250 entrants and there are half that amount already registered for this year's awards.

Up to 24 acts will be selected from across the UK to take part in the semi finals on Monday, 6 September.

Some 12 acts will then go on to perform at the charity final on Monday, 20 September.

Both the semi-finals and the final take place at the Leicester Square Theatre in London.

Anybody wishing to enter the Bath showcase should register online to guarantee a place.

Lynne Parker, producer and founder of Funny Women, said: "We endeavour to cover as much of the UK as possible to see new acts.

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"We are particularly excited to be holding our first show in Bath, and look forward to seeing as much new local talent as possible."

Hosting the Komedia heat will be Katherine Ryan, winner of the 2008 Funny Women Awards and hailed as "the funniest new female stand up in Britain" by a national newspaper.

Funny Women Awards 2006 winner, Suzy Bennett
Suzy Bennett, who took the title in 2006, will be performing in Bath

Also appearing will be former awards winners Suzy Bennett, Eve Webster, and 2009 Funny Women champion Miss London.

Miss London - otherwise known as 20-year-old London Hughes - has already filmed several projects for the BBC following Funny Women's 2009 collaboration with BBC Comedy Extra.

"Despite the greater proliferation of women now being seen on the small screen performing comedy, the circuit is still very chauvinistic," added Lynne.

"Our competition does fast track brilliant new female acts who might otherwise have gone under the radar."

Tickets for the Bath heat of the Funny Women Awards are already on sale.

For more information, including ticket prices, check out the Funny Women website.

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