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Welsh Standup Jenny Collier Booted from Show Over "Too Many Women" on the Bill

On Friday, Welsh standup Jenny Collier tweeted out a screenshot of an email regarding a comedy gig she had booked in the Surrey town of Haslemere, England. The email — which didn't include the sender's address — read:

Hi Jenny

I'm really sorry but the venue have decided they don't want too many women on the bill and unfortunately we need to take you out of this one. We hope this doesn't cause any inconvenience.

Soon after Collier tweeted out the screenshot, the email went viral and currently has almost 6,000 retweets. Collier hasn't named the venue or booker for the show, but they've since been confirmed as [...]

Joss Whedon Wrote a Super Funny Sketch with a Message

"Daphne Zuniga: What equality means to me is that women are given their moment, their chance to stand alone before everyone, with dignity, and to know that no man is going to try to upstage … Evil Robot: [comes on stage, making robot noises] Zuniga: … with dignity… Evil Robot: Evil! Evil! Zuniga: Oh, no. Evil robot from the future. Evil Robot: I am an evil robot from the future! Zuniga: I just said that. Evil Robot: It's my line. And I am an evil robot from the future. Zuniga: What do you want, evil robot? Have you come from the future to destroy humankind? Evil Robot: I come from the future to destroy … Stop saying my lines! I [...]

'Psychology Today': Women Have Lower "Humor Production Abilities" Than Men

Psychology Today posted a lengthy article last week on the challenges of female comedians called "'You Suck!' and 'Show Me Your Jugs!'", and it's loaded with ridiculous and inexplicable claims that would've made a great faux-fact addition to that whole "Why Women Aren't Funny" thing that happened almost ten years ago. While the piece does make a few legitimate points about the cultural and societal issues women face in the comedy world (notably Variety's sexist review of Sarah Silverman's new special) from the perspective of a real psychologist/anthropologist, the writer clearly hasn't been to many comedy shows despite the few unnamed comedian sources he cites in the [...]

How a Female Comic Was Assaulted Onstage Last Night

Last night, standup comic Gaby Dunn was sexually harassed while performing at a small show in the East Village. She wrote about her experience here, and it's pretty horrifying:

When he first started talking, I had tried to do that thing women are taught to do where you’re distantly polite to a man who is attacking you in the hopes that things don’t escalate. “Just smile and make a joke so he doesn’t hurt you.”

Part of me is so sick of that line of thinking. Even though I’m still scared, I mock him a bit saying he hangs outside the CVS all day and telling him I [...]

Jen Kirkman Is Taking a Twitter Hiatus to Get Men to Stand Up for Female Comics

Comedian and writer Jen Kirkman is taking a stand against gross Twitter misogynists by boycotting the social networking site, she announced yesterday. Kirkman post some examples of the kind of terrible tweets that guys send her way every day and has called on male members of the comedy community to stand up and speak out against the way guys talk to female comics on Twitter (this has nothing to do with that "women aren't funny" bullshit; this is an entirely different issue). Kirkman has also created a Tumblr called MA'AM, which stands for Men Against Assholes and Misogyny, for guys to contribute and help educate others about sexism. [...]