Comedy Writing graduates take flight in the Female Pilot Club Comedy Showcase

15 February 2024

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Female Pilot Club

Two Falmouth Comedy Writing MA (Online) graduates have caught the attention of the judges in this year’s Female Pilot Club Comedy Showcase.  

Jenny de Jersey has been named as one of just sixteen finalists for the Female Pilot Club (FMP) Comedy Showcase with her script Second Class, while Stacey Kettner reached the semi-finals with her script All the Bad Things

FMP was founded in 2019 to amplify women’s voices in comedy and help female writers from broad and diverse backgrounds to get their comedy writing produced. Since then, FMP have been supporting aspiring female comedy writers through script consultancy and mentoring, recording inspiring podcasts and staging sold-out read-throughs of comedy pilot scripts to audiences of writers, producers and comedy lovers. 

A black and white headshot of Comedy Writing student Jenny de Jersey
Jenny de Jersey

Jenny de Jersey

The annual FMP Comedy Showcase is a script callout open to female writers based in the UK and Ireland, with quarter, semi and final round advances, culminating in two chosen scripts being performed by top-flight comedy talent at a live event, which will be held in London this year.   

The FMP Comedy Showcase is judged by some of the most successful female writers and producers in the business and the line-up for this year’s panel – Georgia Pritchett, Athena Kugblenu, Lucy Lumsden and Sioned Wiliam – is no exception. Between them, they have held some of the most senior positions in professional comedy production, won multiple awards, and worked on hit shows including Succession, Not Going Out and Mock the Week.  

Jenny completed her Falmouth University master’s degree back in January and will graduate at this summer’s ceremonies. On reaching the FMP Comedy Showcase finals and getting her work in front of big industry talent, Jenny told us: “I’m delighted! To take part in this event designed to amplify women’s voices in comedy is an honour, and to reach the final so soon after completing my MA has been a real confidence boost.” 

A headshot of Comedy Writing student Stacey Kettner
Stacey Kettner

Stacey Kettner

On her experience on the course, she explained: “With his wealth of industry experience, Course Leader Simon Nicholls has designed the master’s in such a way that, under the guidance of excellent tutors, I have finished with a script that is ‘industry ready’. This has helped me to hit the ground running and ready to make connections. I look forward to seeing what the future holds.” 

On reaching the semi-finals, Stacey – who will also graduate this summer – told us: “I’m overwhelmed to have got so far in such a well-respected national comedy scriptwriting competition. It’s the first competition I have entered so I feel like all the hard work I put into gaining my MA has proven to be a very worthwhile endeavour."

On the support she received while on the master's, she added: "I’m really grateful for all the advice and guidance I received from Simon, Karen and the other tutors I’ve worked with along the way.” 

Simon commented: “This is such wonderful news and a brilliant thumbs up from the industry to all the hard work our students put into their scripts and the amazing support offered by our teaching team. I feel like we're in the final of the World Cup! Go Jenny – win it for Comedy Writing MA at Falmouth!”   

Two select scripts will be performed by leading comedians on 26 March 2024 at JW3 in London.

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