Tiny Funny Women Fest encourages and empowers untapped improvisers.
The festival is always the first full weekend of January. Everyone is welcome to join in the festivities. Designed for improvisers of every age, experience level, and stage of life, there are workshops and ensembles. The ensembles meet for two days and learn a form for a showcase under the tutelage of a director. The workshops are a one-afternoon skills-learning opportunity. . We ask that no men sign up for the ensembles, but the workshops are open to all.
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!
The original logo, above, was designed by Jill Bernard. The logo at left was designed by Andy Kuhlmann. We are currently on the hunt for a new logo to represent a broader mission and to strip away the discriminatory implications that arise inherently in the suffragette movement that we were not aware of when we adopted this logo so many years ago.