All female comedy night to start on Barking barge

PUBLISHED: 09:35 09 April 2018 | UPDATED: 13:50 13 April 2018

Comedian Narin Oz. Picture: Melissa Horwood

Comedian Narin Oz. Picture: Melissa Horwood

Melissa Horwood

An all female comedy night is coming to a barge moored in Barking.

The venue. Picture: Melissa HorwoodThe venue. Picture: Melissa Horwood

The “all women comedy night on a big old barge” aims to promote female talent from east London in an industry heavily saturated by men.

“We are kind of conditioned to think women aren’t funny, but I know loads of funny women,” said Melissa Horwood, who is organising the event.

Women often struggle to break into the industry and can often be intimidated while on stage, she adds.

“Sometimes it’s harder for female comics to get laughs and the ones I know often get quite a lot of abuse. They get rape jokes heckled at them sometimes.”

She hopes to create an environment which will make it easy for the performers to flourish and will encourage more women to get involved with comedy.

Melissa, who lives in neighbouring Newham, said she thinks that it is important that people living in east London organise their own cultural events in their own communities so there are lots of events on that people are interested in attending.

This will stop the “patronising” phenomenon of people coming from outside the area to put on “arts for poor people” activities, she adds.

Acts will include local comedians Fatiha El-Ghorri and Narin Oz.

Transgender comedian Jordan Gray, who appeared on the television show The Voice, will also perform to talk about her experiences of the show and the transitioning process.

Melissa will also reserve a spot on each night for a first time performer to make their debut.

“I am hoping people from Barking will come forward and ask to perform,” she said.

The night is currently scheduled to take place on the first Saturday of the month, but Melissa hopes the event will take off and become more regular.

The night, called B****es Ain’t Funny, is on May 5 from 6pm to 9pm. To attend, meet Melissa at The Broadway Theatre at 6pm. From there she will walk you to the canal boat, which is moored in the River Roding, near Abbey Road.

Tickets are available here.

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