Posts Tagged Comedy

Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell premieres August 9th on FX

Yes, that’s right–one of our own has made it to the airwaves–the brilliant W. Kamau Bell has his own TV show called Totally Biased. It’s produced by Chris Rock and is employing a list of writers that could easily change the game for comedy. It premieres tomorrow at 11pm on the FX network.

When was the last time you saw a funny TV show, with really smart writers that challenged normative assumptions about race, gender, class, religion, etc? Oh, wait, probably almost never. Who says you can’t make justice funny?

Don’t believe me? Check out the writers talking about some things they are already biased about.

We at Feministing have been long time fans of Bell’s (read his Feministing 5 from 2010) ...

Yes, that’s right–one of our own has made it to the airwaves–the brilliant W. Kamau Bell has his own TV show called Totally Biased. It’s produced by Chris Rock and is employing a list of writers that ...

Daniel Tosh “jokes” that woman in audience should be raped at stand-up show

As you might have heard, this happened: 

So Tosh then starts making some very generalizing, declarative statements about rape jokes always being funny, how can a rape joke not be funny, rape is hilarious, etc. I don’t know why he was so repetitive about it but I felt provoked because I, for one, DON’T find them funny and never have. So I didnt appreciate Daniel Tosh (or anyone!) telling me I should find them funny. So I yelled out, “Actually, rape jokes are never funny!”

I did it because, even though being “disruptive” is against my nature, I felt that sitting there and saying nothing, or leaving quietly, would have been against my values as a person and as ...

As you might have heard, this happened: 

So Tosh then starts making some very generalizing, declarative statements about rape jokes always being funny, how can a rape joke not be funny, rape is hilarious, etc. ...

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The Feministing Five: Hari Kondabolu and Janine Brito

Hari Kondabolu (pictured right) and Janine Brito (pictured left) are brave comics who aren’t afraid to speak truth to power and give a voice to the marginalized. Hari’s standup takes on white folks’ appropriation of Native American dress, the impossibility of a white Jesus, and that ever-pervasive question posed to people of color: “Where are you from?” Janine’s fodder includes: the freedom she gets in her wardrobe as a lesbian, her belief that she was the gay antichrist growing up, and not catering to straight guys. Their comedy is a punch in the face of convention and offers a refreshing departure from the straight, white, male narrative that usually relies on tired tropes and stereotypes. They’re also writers ...

Hari Kondabolu (pictured right) and Janine Brito (pictured left) are brave comics who aren’t afraid to speak truth to power and give a voice to the marginalized. Hari’s standup takes on white folks’ appropriation of ...

Save an American woman… from herself

“Call or go online right now, and for not even a dollar a day you can sponsor a uterus, and make all the decisions for it, and for a woman you’ve never even met.”

“Call or go online right now, and for not even a dollar a day you can sponsor a uterus, and make all the decisions for it, and for a woman you’ve never even met.”

Just for funzies: Kristen Wiig’s last SNL episode

Whether you loved or hated Bridesmaids, Indisputable Feminist Wisdom posits that Kristen Wiig is the best ever. She’s smart, funny as hell, and not afraid to shy away from real conversations about what it’s like to be a woman in what can be a truly– let’s face it– sexist a$$ industry. Haliegh Collins over on Policy Mic even goes so far as to call Wiig a “feminist icon”, noting that “In a sexist industry, Kristen Wiig has succeeded not just as another funny, silly actress, but as a personable and witty writer,” and posting a video of her talking about sexism in the movie business in response to being asked if she’s a feminist. It seems ...

Whether you loved or hated Bridesmaids, Indisputable Feminist Wisdom posits that Kristen Wiig is the best ever. She’s smart, funny as hell, and not afraid to shy away from real conversations about what it’s ...

“God wouldn’t have given women tummy-pockets if he didn’t want babies swimming around in them!”

Let the great Ron Swanson–I mean, Nick Offerman–and some other late-middle-aged men explain why they know best when it comes to women’s reproductive health.

Women’s Health Experts Speak Out from Judd Nelson

Transcript after the jump via Shakesville.

Let the great Ron Swanson–I mean, Nick Offerman–and some other late-middle-aged men explain why they know best when it comes to women’s reproductive health.

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Letterman comedy booker who thinks women aren’t funny removed

Last week we ran a guest post by Molly Knefel responding to the latest episode of sexism toward female comics. Eddie Brill, a major comedian gatekeeper in his role as a booker with the Letterman Show had, once again, reiterated the idea that women comics aren’t funny.

Molly’s take down of this tired idea is quite sufficient, and apparently Letterman heard the responses–Brill was removed from his position as booker for the show yesterday, according to Jezebel.

CBS’ official line is that he was removed for talking to the media without permission, but I’m sure the backlash to his sexist comments had something to do with it.

Brill will still keep his role as warm-up comedian for the show, but ...

Last week we ran a guest post by Molly Knefel responding to the latest episode of sexism toward female comics. Eddie Brill, a major comedian gatekeeper in his role as a booker with the Letterman Show ...

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