Posts tagged as women

Jake Weisman and the Love of the Struggle

Though it was only on for two years, Jake Weisman’s The Morning After Podcast, which he co-hosted with Eli Olsberg, was a must-listen and example of what a great podcast could be. Each week, Weisman and Olsberg would bring in a guest from the adult film industry to interview in a manner that humanized them and showed how porn stars are just as multi-dimensional as anyone else.

Weisman ended the podcast a couple years ago to focus on his budding comedy career, and though it was tough for listeners to say goodbye to such a fascinating show, that decision is starting to pay dividends for him.

Weisman has made [...]

Sketch Group WOMEN Takes on the Hour-Long TV Drama

Here's the latest video from LA-based sketch group WOMEN (Pat Bishop, Dave Ross, Allen Strickland Williams, Jake Weisman), in which they play out the plot of most TV dramas in just two minutes. If you've never seen Scandal, this is a much funnier and shorter version of every episode.

So Louis C.K. Is a Women-Denigrating Pig Now, According to Greta Van Susteren

Following a series of events that most comedy fans will agree is absolute bullshit, Louis C.K. has withdrawn from his role hosting the Radio & TV Correspondents’ Dinner this June. It appears that C.K. is trying to avoid the ridiculous circus of controversy caused by Fox News' Greta Van Susteren's proposed boycott of the event, in which she takes issue with C.K.'s jokes about Sarah Palin and calls him a "pig" who "denigrates women."

Sure, he denigrates Sarah Palin to no end. But she's one politician, not some representative of all womankind. As Michael Ian Black writes in a blog [...]

Everyone Still Wondering Why There Are No Women TV Writers

A recent and super-depressing study showing that the percentage of female TV writers has halved over the last four years has prompted another round of asking everyone who might have an opinion: "Why Is Television Losing Women Writers?"

Turns out there are a lot of possible reasons! The bad economy and writers' strike fallout affecting women and minorities most. The intimidation women face when entering the male-dominated writers room. Genre trends leaning towards episodic shows about spies in fancy suits setting off car explosions rather than hourlong emotional feeling-fests (because, as we all know, those two extremes are the only possible types of television shows! Nothing [...]

The Sketch Group WOMEN Made the Perfect 'Hangover' Sequel

Just a few days after Barack Obama ragged on the Hangover sequels on Between Two Ferns, here's a new video from LA-based sketch group WOMEN (made up of Pat Bishop, Dave Ross, Jake Weisman, and Allen Strickland Williams) called "The Hangover Part IV" that's super funny.

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A lot of Twitter users take to the platform to test out their latest jokes and quips, but certain people truly excel at making us laugh with the available characters and constraints. With the Internet being such a big place, it can be difficult to find the comedians most worthy of your RTs and favs. Each Friday we feature one person whose consistent short-form online humor deserves your attention and to be on your Twitter feed.

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For this week's column, we're looking at the super [...]

Louis C.K. on Why Women Will Rule the World

Oh, just your weekly reminder that Louis C.K. is fantastic, in the form of an essay about how "the next Steve Jobs will be a chick." Given his appreciation for ladies' talents at listening, toothbrushing, and being fun to hang out with, it's kind of amazing that Louis doesn't have ninety women trailing him every time he leaves the house. I mean, how long will it take for someone to start photoshopping quotes from this article onto soulful pictures of Louis C.K.'s face? Am I gonna have to do this myself? Because I will.

Stephen Colbert vs Obama's Army of Flesh-Thirsty Sluts

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Oh man, Stephen Colbert's women's health care rant is so spot-on, I almost dropped my spermicidal fro-yo. Then he imitated a T-Rex attempting to put on a condom, and that fro-yo just went everywhere. Conservatives might not like the "nymphomanical orgiastic abandon" about to be unleashed by newly-mandated free birth control and breast pumps, but the people on the bus sure seem to like it. Now, if you'll excuse me, I just need to [...]

Long Before Jeff Garlin, A Different Set of Goldbergs

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

There are many who say that entertainment works in cycles: things become popular, they go out of fashion, they come back again in an [...]

Fun Thing to Buy of the Day: 'We Killed: The Rise Of Women In American Comedy'

You know that thing when people are all like, "Blah blah blah women aren't funny," and you're all like, "What!? Is that a thing people actually say?" and then you never speak to those people again? Yes, do know that thing because we're friends. As friends we should both read We Killed: The Rise Of Women In American Comedy. It's a new oral history about women in comedy by writer Yael Kohen. She spoke with many, many people, including: Ellen DeGeneres, Janeane Garofalo, Lisa Kudrow, Eugene Mirman, Mon'que, Aubrey Plaza, Sandra Bernhard, Maya Rudolph, Joan Rivers, David Cross, Phyllis Diller, Robin Williams, Kristen Wiig, Matt Besser, and more and [...]

Roseanne Sounds Warrior Rallying Cry for Aging Women Everywhere

Holy mackerel. Roseanne's three-page-long ode to menopause is really intense. Aside from being funny and something we ladies should probably all email to our future selves, it makes me feel like everyone connected on this human journey and that being a woman is like riding a giant pirate ship through the Amazon, stopping only to spear fish before forging on ahead through the jungle to take pictures of parrots (I may be thinking of the popular 1994 computer game The Amazon Trail). Here is what she says to fellow menopause-passers:

Ahoy, matey! Hail, hail, all ye who enter here! You have arrived! Congratulations, sister!

You have made [...]

Confessions of a Former Comedy Chauvinist

Although it’s not something of which I’m proud, I can finally admit it: At one time, not so long ago, I was a comedy chauvinist.

Remember that guy you knew in college who summarily dismissed the comedic talents of an entire gender, proudly (and stupidly) proclaiming, “Women aren’t funny?” That was me. I wasn’t militant about the subject, and I didn’t spend hours trying to convince others that men were genetically predisposed to be funnier than the fairer sex. I simply did not, would not, could not acknowledge the possibility that women were just as talented as men when it came to making people laugh.