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NBC Might Create a Women-Centric Comedy Block

I want to work in comedy.  There, I said it. But what I don’t want is to have my comedy fit within a checklist of expectations just because I have a vagina.  When I first read on Splitsider that NBC is thinking about adding a female centric comedy block into next season’s programming, I was at first super excited.  My idols, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, are both currently leading characters on NBC comedy shows, and hey, they’re women!  This bodes well for me; more people like them would be awesome.  But then the reality of the situation set in, and I came to realize that centering anyone’s comedy on their gender doesn’t really do any good.

I have a couple of fears that could be realized through this block of funny lady time programming idea.  First of all, if these shows aren’t funny (and if Outsourced is any indication, NBC can miss the mark) then it would be all too easy to analyze this as women + jokes = not working.  For those out there that don’t think women have the ability to be funny (cough, Christopher Hitchens, cough) this will only add what seems like validity to that statement.  I don’t want people to be able to point to Wednesday nights and say “see, right there, not funny.”  This would erase the fact that the Thursday night shows, the comedy block, currently has two critically acclaimed shows piloted ...