What about this weather? Early October this year has been unseasonably warm and while I’m generally keen to indulge in the warmth there was something unsettling about basking in 22℃ heat in early October. But normal autumnal service has resumed and as I sit in my home office today it is a brisk 9℃ outside and a stack of leaves is piled up in the driveway demanding my attention.

But another task similarly requires my attention, a task that will keep me in a giddy buzz for another few weeks. The leaves will have to wait as the first project at the top of my to-do list today is the next Funny Women show which Orla Doherty and I, as ChatterBoxx will co-host.

When approaching tasks like this I’m inclined to think ‘Go Big or Go Home.’ And this time, we think we have outdone ourselves. Our next show, on 6th November 2023 will return to our spiritual home, the main room, Whelans in Wexford St in Dublin. It will be headlined by the amazing Deirdre O’Kane. I was lucky enough to catch her show ‘Demented’ in the 3Olympia Theatre earlier this year and nearly slid off the seat laughing. This is no mean feat as the seats are snug and therefore challenging to the bigger-bottomed patron.

I’ve always been a fan of Justine Stafford. My biggest, ugliest, teary laugh in a long time occurred watching one of her skits on Twitter where she interviews the talent scout for the Angelus.

I rocked up to the DirtBirds show #NoFilters in The Mill Theatre Dundrum a while back. Their sketches on their social media channels are so relatable and hilarious. We are thrilled to bits that DirtBird Sinead Culbert is joining the show.

But Funny Women is also about creating a space for new up-and-coming talent. The ever-glamorous Sophia Cadogan is joining the gang and we can’t wait to watch her star ascend. And the multi-talented Amanda Brunker will make her standup comedy debut and that definitely cannot be missed.

And that’s just the comedians. We have a few more tricks up our sleeves. Lifestyle and beauty content creator Maria McKenzie, aka No Spring Chicken, will moderate a cheeky panel discussion. Orla and I will be panellists and we’ll be joined by Funny Women founder, Lynne Parker, who is travelling in from London for the show. Singer/songwriter Kirana Diamantino will have your hands clapping and toes tapping with a few tunes.

If you’re inclined to wet yourself laughing well, we’ve got you covered. Period and bladder leak underwear specialists, Nickeze, a new company from Galway, have provided some spot prizes for the show.

To everyone who has been to a Funny Women event in the past thank you and we look forward to welcoming new audiences. So, hold onto your undergarments (literally, in this case) as we can guarantee that there’ll be a laugh ranging somewhere between a giggle and a guffaw on offer on the night.

Come along for the craic. Tickets on sale at https://www.whelanslive.com/ticket/funny-women/