‘I’ve had bad gigs, awful things written about me. I’ve been bullied, taunted, and told I’m not funny.’ Shazia Mirza and others tell us their stories of surviving the Fringe
As the business world becomes increasingly automated, Lynne Parker explains the benefits of workplace “playtime”. And no, it won’t end in a sexual harassment complaint
From shoulder pads and aggression to cardigans and baring their soul, why are the original alpha females suddenly opening up?
If you’ve been watching the public debates and wondering why some politicians are such natural public speakers (and why some others aren’t), then let us enlighten you. First up, perfect the art of the soundbite
Ageism in the workplace is a common issue, but no one has the right to make assumptions about our abilities based purely on age, argues Lynne Parker
I know from my standup experience that women communicate differently to men in many situations. Until we stop thanking men for letting us have our voice, we won’t be heard.
After 10 years of working almost exclusively with female comics, I’ve heard jokes about most taboo topics including, you may be surprised to hear, rape.
I would pitch the wit and chutzpah of SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon against any of her opposition, male or female, having seen her performance in the leadership debates running up to next week’s General Election.
Despite the fact that I work in comedy and have a previously illustrious career in marketing and public relations I am, like a lot of people, desperately insecure about speaking in public.
I recently appeared on BBC Radio 4’s flagship programme, The Moral Maze with presenter Michael Buerk discussing the Morality of Comedy. This was a very challenging exercise as it’s been a long time since I took part in the school debating society!
Whilst I fully applaud the efforts of our national broadcasters to improve diversity and represent people of all ages, ethnicity, sexuality and ability there are occasions when this can so easily backfire, and risk the reputation of the ‘real people’ who are essential to today’s diet of reality television.
Over the last few years I have seen two dear friends lose both of their parents. In one case, my friend also lost her husband. I have lost my father and both of my in-laws and, with the passing of that generation, comes a huge sense of your own mortality and the prospect of being next.
I have today, against my better judgement, listened to the Friday morning repeat of Caitlin Moran on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. Apologies to her masses of fans but I have always been rather dismissive and thought that she didn’t speak for my particular generation.
Comic talent is often coupled with the crippling effects of self-doubt and poor mental health, says Lynne Parker, herself a sufferer, who has helped to set up a female-led study into the problem.
Technology, similar to comedy, has always been a very male domain. It’s a masculine, alpha pursuit both in respect of employment and even leisure activity. Girls are not meant to be leaders in anything that requires the beady eye of a man…
By the end of 2016 the balance of global power could be very much tipping towards women. The UK’s new prime minister, Theresa May, is keeping her cool in the midst of political mayhem and Hillary Clinton has her sights set on the US presidency.