Stephen Colbert Apologizes to His Viewers for Being Too Informative

Earlier this week, a new study revealed that fans of The Colbert Report know more about campaign financing than regular news viewers. On Wednesday night's show, Colbert took the news to heart and apologized to viewers for teaching them instead of feeling the news from his gut and delivered a sincere vow: "Clearly I must work harder at informing you less."

Shut Up, 'Variety': The Cluelessness of Claiming that Sarah Silverman Shouldn't Be "As Dirty As the Boys"

According to Brian Lowry at Variety, “being as dirty as the guys” is the worst thing that Sarah Silverman can do for her career. This Sarah Silverman? That Sarah Silverman?

But that’s the headline of Lowry’s problematic review of Silverman’s upcoming HBO special, We Are Miracles. The most blatant issue, obviously, is the proud sexism on display. In Lowry’s world, there are comics and then there are lady comics, and they ought to be playing by different rules. He’s not attacking the culture of dirty comedy overall, even graciously allowing that sometimes female comics can “work blue.” His argument is actually that Silverman’s material is off-putting [...]

Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow Blast 'Washington Post' Film Critic Ann Hornaday on Twitter

Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday published an op-ed over the weekend about the young, sexist, and mentally disturbed man who went on a female-targeted killing spree in Santa Barbara on Friday, attributing the source of the tragedy to Hollywood's domination by white men "whose escapist fantasies so often revolve around vigilantism and sexual wish-fulfillment (often, if not always, featuring a steady through-line of casual misogyny)." In the piece, Hornaday specifically called out Judd Apatow as well as Seth Rogen's newest film Neighbors as guilty of breeding the misogynist attitude of sexual entitlement the killer possessed:

How many students watch outsized frat-boy fantasies like "Neighbors" and feel, as [...]

The Surprising Persistence of "Women Aren't Funny"

One of my favorite interactions I've ever had as a comic happened when I asked a friend of mine if I could perform at a show he runs. I wrote him, “Hey man, if you're ever looking for funny ladies, I'd love a spot.” He wrote back, “We never are, but how about next week?” I'm a girl, and I'm a comic, and I believe in things (specifically in gender equality), so it's pretty easy to give me shit. It's usually hilarious. But I just read S.E. Shepherd's essay, “Confessions of a Former Comedy Chauvinist,” and it reminded me how important it is to remember the extremely powerful [...]

Amy Poehler's Answer to a Question About 'SNL's Diversity Issue Is Perfect

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have an interview with The Hollywood Reporter out today to promote their Golden Globes hosting gig this Sunday, and when the writer asked them to comment on the past few months of SNL diversity criticism, Poehler gave the best response possible:

After a lot of public criticism, SNL has added an African-American women to the cast. Do you think that criticism was warranted?

Fey: I think Kerry Washington did such a great job on the [Nov. 2] show [in a sketch that addressed the controversy]. And you saw how great it was for Jay Pharoah to have someone playing Michelle Obama opposite [...]