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.

See, why we love this man?

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  • http://feministing.com/members/tamanosou/ Ariadne

    “Bush hates Wyatt people!!” Hehehe. I love him. AND he’s a feminist? I love him even more. Seriously I love watching stand up, but hate when it almost inevitably gets to the “women are super emotional and all looking for marriage and all men just like sex and being slobs” portion of the routine. I’ve walked out on comedians who can’t hack it past that. It is possible to be hilariously funny and not cop-out to the played out men are from Mars and women are from Omicron Persiae 8 BS. So glad good comedians like Cenac don’t stoop to the easy boring stuff.