It seems like eons ago when female comedians were shun upon just because they were female; but as it turns out, male comedians like Jerry Lewis would publicly bash on their female colleagues just a little over a decade ago because they were women. The stereotype that women were generally not funny became a predominant rule of thumb in the comedy world. Women were constantly turned away from comedic roles because they were simply not comically entertaining.
As comedians like Wanda Sykes and Ellen Degeneres broke out into mainstream popularity, another stereotype arose. People started to believe that only lesbians were able to make crowds burst into laughter. At the beginning of the 21st century though female comedians like Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Sarah Silverman started to represent everyday women in an otherwise known men's world. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler started to make a name of themselves with their hilarious sketches in the show Saturday Night Live. Tina Fey eventually moved on to the role of writer for the movie Mean Girls in 2004 which became an instant hit. Now Tina Fey and Amy Poehler appear in their own shows 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation. These female comedians amongst others like Whoopi Goldberg and Roseanne have paved the way for other female newcomers that have recently taken the world by storm with their hilarious interpretations.