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Monday, March 31, 2014

Women Aren't Funny

I've heard that women aren't funny. Which is weird because it didn't matter if we're talking Endora from Bewitched, Willona from Good Times, or Lindsey on Arrested Development, my whole life my eye has gone right to the funniest women on the screen. 

So perhaps it should be said that men don't find women funny. But how could that be true when there are classic teams like Burns and Allen or Nichols and May? 

Okay, so perhaps it's people in "the biz" that didn't crack a smile when Carol Burnett, as the aging entertainer Chiquita, shimmied her saggy, sequined bosom or when Wanda Sykes admitted to the audience she only told people she was considering having kids so they would think she was nice. However, television, film, and theater execs - not to mention comedy club bookers - tend to be men. Definitely more women are in those positions now, but back in the day? All dudes. They wouldn't have hired someone they didn't think was funny. It makes no sense.  

But this ridiculous idea keeps coming back like a bad case of herpes when there is really only one group of people who keep it alive: writers. It's only journalists who have the balls to ask Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "What do you think about people who say, 'Women aren't funny?'" Yeah, it's writers. Lazy, hack writers.

Shit, I'm doing it now, aren't I?




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