Posts Tagged Comedy

Guest post: This is why we keep talking about gender in comedy

By Molly Knefel

Every few months, another article pops up about women in comedy.  Perhaps it is by some dude boldly proclaiming that women aren’t funny, patting himself on the balls in self-congratulations for his bravery.  Or it’s a response to some such article, or a narrative from a female comedian talking about her experience.  These articles happen a lot.  For people who like to read about gender in comedy, it’s exhausting.  I am here to throw another article into the fray.  Here’s why:

Yesterday’s New York Times features a profile of Eddie Brill, the 53-year-old comic who books Letterman.  It positions Brill as an older comic stylistically outside of the younger “alt” generation but  portrays him unquestioningly as an expert ...

By Molly Knefel

Every few months, another article pops up about women in comedy.  Perhaps it is by some dude boldly proclaiming that women aren’t funny, patting himself on the balls in self-congratulations for his bravery.  Or it’s ...

Christopher Hitchens saw WMDs in Iraq but missed the humor in women

Christopher Hitchens’s death, much like his life, provoked much discussion and reflection, as well as praise, sorrow, glee, homage-paying, and copious changing of Facebook profile pictures. Since Hitch died last Thursday, several writers have revisited his unwavering support for the Iraq War and his sexism.  Hitchens was as insistent and wrong about the absence of humor in women as he was the presence of WMDs in Iraq. Clearly, perpetuating the second lie has been more harmful, leading to war, deaths, debilitating injuries, trauma, economic and geopolitical disasters. But, since the debate over WMDs is finished, let’s discuss the myth that women aren’t funny, as immortalized in Hitch’s Vanity Fair article,”Why Women Aren’t Funny.”

Like Hitch did, I’ll use a combination of anecdotes and ...

Christopher Hitchens’s death, much like his life, provoked much discussion and reflection, as well as praise, sorrow, glee, homage-paying, and copious changing of Facebook profile pictures. Since Hitch died last Thursday, several writers have revisited his unwavering ...

Not Oprah’s Book Club: Agorafabulous! Dispatches From My Bedroom

I’m a long time fan of Sara Benincasa, who I interviewed last year. She’s a comedian, a sex advice columnist, a feminist, and she does a mean Peggy Olsen impression. She’s also a recovering agoraphobic, and her book Agorafabulous! Dispatches From My Bedroom, out in February, is based on her one-woman comedy show of the same title.

The book traces the origins of Benincasa’s phobia, which began with increasingly severe panic attacks in her adolescence, and culminated when Benincasa, as an undergraduate, locked herself in her apartment, became afraid to leave her bed, stopped eating, and considered suicide.

These days, Benincasa gets on stage in front of hundreds of people and makes them laugh. But for much of ...

I’m a long time fan of Sara Benincasa, who I interviewed last year. She’s a comedian, a sex advice columnist, a feminist, and she does a mean Peggy Olsen impression. She’s also a recovering ...

Lil Poundcake, the doll that protects you from HPV!

If you find dolls creepy, you probably won’t want to watch the commercial parody that Saturday Night Live ran this weekend. Because this doll has syringes in her hands.

It’s Lil Poundcake! She smells like frosting, her hair really grows, and she administers Gardasil, the vaccine that protects you from cervical cancer!

Am I the only one who hopes that after they wrapped shooting on this ad, they sent the dolls to Michele Bachmann’s campaign headquarters?

If you find dolls creepy, you probably won’t want to watch the commercial parody that Saturday Night Live ran this weekend. Because this doll has syringes in her hands.

It’s Lil Poundcake! She smells like frosting, her hair ...

Guest post: the White Knight Disconnect and the realities of rape culture

This is a guest post from Nina Funnell, an Australian sexual assault prevention advocate and educator. You might remember Nina from her Feministing Five interview last year.

Trigger warning: This post may be triggering for survivors of sexual assault and their
supporters.

Recently the internet was outraged by a deeply disturbing clip featuring a young man at a comedy performance who tries to regale his audience with an account of what can only be described as a sexual assault. According to his version, he turns up to a drunk woman’s hotel room as a supposed substitute for the male friend she was expecting, he invites himself in, and after she repeatedly asks him to leave he has sex with her. ...

This is a guest post from Nina Funnell, an Australian sexual assault prevention advocate and educator. You might remember Nina from her Feministing Five interview last year.

Trigger warning: This post may be triggering for survivors of ...

Gloria, In Her Own Words: “A window into a time when sexism existed”

On Monday night, HBO will premiere the new documentary Gloria: In Her Own Words.

Steinem, it hardly needs mentioning, was the face of Second Wave feminism, and though she resists the description “icon,” there are many who consider her to be just that. Steinem is now 77 and still active in the feminist movement. Last night she went on the Colbert Report to talk about the documentary, which, Colbert joked, is only 75% as long as documentaries about men.

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Gloria Steinem www.colbertnation.com Colbert ...

On Monday night, HBO will premiere the new documentary Gloria: In Her Own Words.

Steinem, it hardly needs mentioning, was the face of Second Wave feminism, and though she resists the description “icon,” there are many who ...

Colbert: Obama is using your tax dollars to create an “army of flesh-thirsty young sluts”

Stephen Colbert has been hitting it out of the park on “women’s issues” lately! Just last week we posted his take-down of those awful Summer’s Eve douche commercials.

Last night, he turned his faux-Conservative outrage on the new Department of Health and Human Services policy that insurance companies must now cover birth control and other women’s preventive health care services (HPV vaccines, STI testing, etc) without a co-pay.

The result was predictably hilarious, and featured a moment of convulsively funny physical comedy in which Colbert mimed being a T-Rex putting on a condom (it makes perfect sense in context).

Also, if no one minds, I shall henceforth be referring to the Feminsting community – bloggers and readers all – as The ...

Stephen Colbert has been hitting it out of the park on “women’s issues” lately! Just last week we posted his take-down of those awful Summer’s Eve douche commercials.

Last night, he turned his faux-Conservative outrage on the ...

“This ad really spoke to me, in that it featured a talking vagina”

Last night, Stephen Colbert took on the racist and douchey (literally!) Summer’s Eve commercials that we wrote about last week. It is, predictably, five minutes and forty-six seconds of pure gold.

To quote Colbert, what you are about to see, you cannot un-see. And you will probably want to re-see it multiple times, because it is that good.

Last night, Stephen Colbert took on the racist and douchey (literally!) Summer’s Eve commercials that we wrote about last week. It is, predictably, five minutes and forty-six seconds of pure gold.

To quote Colbert, what ...

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