Tiny Funny Women Fest encourages and empowers female-identified improvisers.
The festival is always the first full weekend of January. Everyone is welcome to join in the festivities. There are both female-only ensembles and all-gendered workshops designed for improvisers of every age, experience level, and stage of life.
After the death of female comic icon Madeline Kahn in 1999, Chicago improviser Kathleen Puls went online to post her feelings about loss of one of her comedy heroes. She received around 75 responses, many of them with a recurring theme: “Wouldn’t it be great if we could gather women in one place, and empower the voice of women in comedy?”
It was this that inspired Puls and New York improviser Susan Santaniello to organize the first Funny Women Fest (FWF) in 2000. More than 100 women from 20 states attended the festival in Chicago. The festival included workshops, panel discussions and all-female shows, all geared toward empowerment and support.
Minneapolis improviser Jill Bernard attended the Funny Women Fest and she decided to bring the empowerment and support of FWF to the Twin Cities. With their permission, Bernard created the Tiny Funny Women Fest (TFWF) in 2001. It was dubbed “Tiny” because it was smaller in comparison to its Chicago counterpart and because Bernard taught under the name “Tiny Improv” at the time.
TFWF has occurred off and on in the Twin Cities since 2001. Register Now!