Eddie Brill was the subject of Jason Zinoman's comedy column last week in the New York Times, and he didn't come off looking too good. The most damning part of the piece is the following quote: Among some comics “Late Show” has a reputation for favoring a certain profile. “The types they seem to like are middle-aged white men from the Midwest,” the comic Amy Schumer said. Only one woman (Karen Rontowski) was booked in 2011. “There are a lot less female comics who are authentic,” Mr. Brill said. “I see a lot of female comics who to please an audience will act like men.”
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The second edition of the The New York Times' new comedy column gets right into the nitty-gritty with a conversation about female comics' rape jokes. The article argues that "there are areas of aggressive, shocking comedy where women could go further than men," and cites Sarah Silverman, Whitney Cummings, and Amy Schumer as examples of women telling racy jokes that men would shy away from. These three are great comics and they definitely exemplify how we've come a long way since 1979 when Johnny Carson was grossed out by women talking about sex. But this is only the beginning! We can all dream of a world where we're [...]
Amy Schumer took some time out of her busy female schedule of getting her toenails painted in pastel plaid and calling her ex-boyfriends to make this informative video about how to be a comedian and also, simultaneously, a woman. Flanked by Nikki Glaser and Jackie Monahan, she takes us behind the scenes to the grueling Comedy Academy for Ladies, taught by none other than Maria Bamford. I know this is a satire and all, but I can't be the only one fervently wishing this were a real place. And that we all wore those tampon earrings.
For this installment, we are going back to a classic: the 2004-2005 mindfuck that is Nighty Night. Julia Davis writes and stars as the most psychopathically awkward woman to ever grace a comedy. It’s British, of course, and focuses on the exploits of Jill Tyrell, narcissist for the ages, and her desperate attempts to win the love of the suburban dope next door while also savaging everything else.
In the Steve Coogan-produced show, Davis throttles the trope of unattractive leading protagonist to full on repulsive. She is actually attractive, in the sense that she wears thong underwear. She loves sex. But she also keeps bags of dog shit under [...]
We want to talk about life before Bridesmaids. You might be fatigued from all the talk about women in comedy, from sentences like “women aren’t funny” and “WOMEN AREN’T FUNNY?” or even “this movie won’t make you grow breasts,” (the strangest commendation for an Apatow film yet). We get that, and so we want to take off your glasses, rub your temples, and escort you to other moments in comedy that expose the famous dearth of 3-dimensional ladies, and what happens when they show up anyway (usually in Britain). We’ve been tracking the fucked-up funny women who have managed to flex their dimensions and do what everybody is all excited about [...]