Thank You Thursdays: Wyatt Cenac

Wyatt Cenac, a favorite among many of the Feministing crew for his antics on the Daily Show and beyond, has his first solo special premiering on Comedy Central this weekend (Saturday, May 14th, 11pm EST). Samhita, Vanessa, and I had a chance to catch the taping, so we can guarantee you some A-grade political commentary. Like this:

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We snagged Mr. Cenac, a Feministing reader by the way, for a couple of questions in anticipation of his special in a few days:

Feministing: You do a lot of awesome race commentary in the show. Who are your favorite people to read on the racial ridiculousness of the day?

Cenac: This seems like a Palin-style gotcha media set up question.  I expected better, Feministing. That said I don’t know if I go fishing for racial craziness as much as it just floats to the surface like hate filled marshmallows in the cup of cocoa called life.

Feministing: There’s a lot of hullabaloo about women being bad comedians. Your thoughts?

Cenac: I know too many great comedians who also happen to be women to give that any credence.  Granted I’m saying this to a website devoted to women’s issues, but pandering aside, it always feels like an easy cop out to say “women aren’t funny” especially if as an audience member you never seek out new and different comedians but rather wait for somebody to present you with a list of comics that you should like.

With that said, here is a list of some comics you should like: Jen Kirkman, Maria Bamford, Samantha Bee, Laura Swisher, Sarah Silverman, Laura Silverman, Charlyne Yi, Susan Burke, Wendy Molyneux, Lizzie Molyneux, Ali Wong, Michelle Buteau, The Reformed Whores, Jessi Klein, Marina Franklin, Joselyn Hughes, Kulap Vilaysack, Sara Schaefer, Garfunkel & Oates, Liz Miele, Amanda Sitko, Sara Benincasa, Janeane Garofalo, Ann Maddox, Nasim Pedrad, Arden Myrin, Tami Sagher, Rachel Axler, Kristen Schaal, Liz Feldman, Nefetari Spencer, Morgan Murphy, Lindsey Stoddard, Betsy Thomas, Suzy Nakamura, Michelle Biloon, Stephanie Escajeda, Lesley Tsina, Laura Krafft, Allison Silverman, Garland Testa, Christy Stratton Mann, Mo Collins, Kate Flannery, Betty Cahill, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Jiwon Lee, Jenny Slate,  Emily Maya Mills, Jamie Denbo, Jessica Chaffin, Hallie Haglund, Jo Miller, Roberta Valderrama, Jill Baum, Sara Taksler, Tig Notaro, Lauren Sarver, Monica Padrick, Sarah Walker, Danielle Schneider, Dannah Feinglass, Daisy Rosario, Amy Schumer, Casey Wilson, Blair Butler, Amy Ozols, Michaela Watkins, Melinda Hill, Natasha Leggero, Amy Poehler.

These are all comedians I’ve been fortunate enough to work with who also happen to be “cursed with fallopian tubes.”  There are more I could name, but there are honestly too many to remember.

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Male viewer writes letter to the editor explaining why women can’t play soccer

This weekend, England’s women’s soccer team played Germany in an historic match at Wembly national stadium. As the Independent reports, “It was the first standalone game for women at the home of football, drew a record crowd of 46,000, was shown live in TV coverage on the BBC, and introduced a generation of young girls to the idea of the women’s team being treated the same as the men for the first time.” 

After the game, one male viewer, David Hickey, wrote a letter to the editor asking why it was aired when women’s soccer clearly doesn’t compare to the men’s game. “Women can’t play football,” he wrote. “They don’t even know the basic rules.” Here’s his full message:

 

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This weekend, England’s women’s soccer team played Germany in an historic match at Wembly national stadium. As the Independent reports, “It was the first standalone game for women at the home of football, drew a ...