Award winning Manor Park comedian to launch comedy sitcom pilot

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 January 2018

Manor Park comedian Francesa Claire (right) with co-star Katy Poulter. Picture: Simon Taylor

Manor Park comedian Francesa Claire (right) with co-star Katy Poulter. Picture: Simon Taylor

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An award winning Manor Park comedian is set to launch a pilot for her new comedy sitcom.

On set for Laur and Disorder. Picture: Francesca ClaireOn set for Laur and Disorder. Picture: Francesca Claire

Francesca Marie Claire, along with comedy partner Katy Poulter, who is from Walthamstow, self funded their show Laur and Disorder.

The sitcom, set in east London, follows a rookie police officer and her “man-hungry” sister.

The pair go undercover as a lesbian couple, hoping to solve a mystery gold bullion heist.

Francesca studied at the prestigious Identity School of Acting and was a contemporary of Star Wars actor John Boyega.

But Francesca says she has not always got the parts she wanted.

“Being an east London girl, I was often cast in gritty working-class roles, which I enjoyed but began to feel restless and less satisfied as a performer,” she said.

After meeting Katy at drama school, the pair decided to start making comedy together.

They entered male dominated industry by making their own comedy productions through company Masked Pony Productions.

“A lot of the time it is a male lead,” she said.

And when comedy does have female characters, it “doesn’t really portray women how we see them,” she added.

“The playing field is not very equal at all. But we are definitely not the sort of people to let that stop us.”

The pair try to work with a mostly, but not exclusively, female crew to increase opportunities for women in the industry.

They jokingly named their YouTube channel We Don’t Hate Men, and thanks to information supplied to them by the video sharing site they have learnt that their “female driven stories” are proving as popular with men as they are with women.

The pair have already picked up an award for their latest work after being crowned Best Scripted Pilot at The Edinburgh International TV Festival.

Francesca says the duo have received a lot of positive exposure thanks to their award and it has “opened doors” for them, which could hopefully pave the way to their show to being picked up by a broadcaster.

Their pilot comes out on “Blue Monday”, reportedly the most miserable day of the year, which is on January 15.

The duo hope it can “add some spice” to the day. You can watch the pilot on their YouTube channel.

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