Monday, December 5, 2011

Funny Ladies

   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. 


  1. I read an article similar to this where it said that comedy was a sign of wit and that guys get intimidated by their girlfriends' wit because that's one less thing that he has that she doesn't so he can't impress her with it.

  2. Last summer, I got to go to a really awesome comedy show through my job (I did an internship with an entertainment group). It was a comedy show made up entirely of female performers and I can wholeheartedly say it was the most I've ever laughed in my entire life. Go figure :)

  3. I really think men are in fact intimidated. What i've noticed also is that when men and women are put together men always make jokes about who the women are involved with and how they're so "slutty". I'm not sure if its the women who support this or it's just the men being jerks. For example, I know Lisa Lampanelli completely throws herself under the bus for humor while Ellen doesn't.

  4. Men definitely feel threatened by women because they cannot be the only ones being witty and so they decide to make up for it by making fun of female comedians.


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