Karen Koren: How much fun can ten women have?

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I AM so disappointed that I am gong to miss Jesse J at the Castle tomorrow! Jesse J is brilliant. In my view she is the best female performer to emerge over the last couple of years and I would have loved to have been there.

I remember the first time I saw her on the Graham Norton show, she came across as a very down to earth, level-headed girl. So if you haven’t already bought tickets I would rush out and get them.

I am going to be in London all day Wednesday, for a photo shoot. Ten women are being photographed together to celebrate women in comedy; that is, the women who work within the industry, behind the scenes.

I am in good company and feel very privileged to be part of this group of very talented ladies, which includes Lucy Lumsden, head of comedy at Sky Television, and Nerys Evans, commissioning editor comedy at Channel 4. Nerys was responsible for The Peep Show, The Inbetweeners and many more.

Also there, will be Hannah Chambers, who manages Jimmy Carr, Frankie Boyle and Sarah Millican; Hannah Begbie, who manages Andrew Maxwell, Tim Key and many others; Nica Burns who runs The Edinburgh Comedy Awards and owns four West End theatres; Caroline Raphael, head of comedy at BBC Radio 4; Maria Kempinska who started the Jongleur chain of comedy clubs; and then there’s little old me. No doubt it will be a big gossip fest and hopefully a good laugh.

Next week, I will be in Montreal to attend the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival.

It is such a shame that this Festival is so close to our Festival as I cannot fully give it the time that I would like to. However, it is amazing that I am getting the chance to go there for five days.

It is very different from our Festival, in that it is very corporate. It is one of the essential festivals for American comics and the place where I just might find the next best thing. You never know. At this rate I’ll be coming home to the fringe for a rest.