Shut the Fuck Up, Adam Carolla
Larry Getlen over at the Post interviewed Adam Carolla today, and, well, he didn’t really hold back when it came to his feelings towards women in comedy:
The lesson you learned from a sexual harassment seminar was “Don’t hire chicks.” Do you hate working with women?
No. But they make you hire a certain number of chicks, and they’re always the least funny on the writing staff. The reason why you know more funny dudes than funny chicks is that dudes are funnier than chicks. If my daughter has a mediocre sense of humor, I’m just gonna tell her, “Be a staff writer for a sitcom. Because they’ll have to hire you, they can’t really fire you, and you don’t have to produce that much. It’ll be awesome.”
The “are women funny” debate has grown very contentious. You’re not worried about reactions to this?
I don’t care. When you’re picking a basketball team, you’ll take the brother over the guy with the yarmulke. Why? Because you’re playing the odds. When it comes to comedy, of course there’s Sarah Silverman, Tina Fey, Kathy Griffin — super-funny chicks. But if you’re playing the odds? No.
If Joy Behar or Sherri Shepherd was a dude, they’d be off TV. They’re not funny enough for dudes. What if Roseanne Barr was a dude? Think we’d know who she was? Honestly.
I mean, I guess I’d ask the inverse question: if Adam Carolla wasn’t a white dude, think we’d know who he was? Honestly.
You’ve gotta wonder what comedy he’s watching these days if he really thinks that only the rare woman is funny enough to deign to entertain him. I mean, his go-to examples of unfunny women are Joy Behar and Sherri Shepherd? No one is putting the ladies of The View up on the pedestal of high comedy. Also: how many sitcom writers rooms has he actually been a member of? The Man Show, Crank Yankers, Jimmy Kimmel Live (which has a female co-head writer, by the way), and the three months that Too Late with Adam Carolla was on the air. Those shows are enough experience to allow you to make a blanket statement about all women in all writers rooms ever?
It seems to me that when a majority of critically lauded network sitcoms have female leads and you are a person best known for being friends with Jimmy Kimmel, being on The Celebrity Apprentice and Dancing with the Stars, and hosting a podcast, well, you should shut the fuck up about who’s funny and who isn’t.