Posts Tagged women in comedy

Flashers, sexual violence, and racism: SNL’s new cast member, Sasheer Zamata, takes on serious issues

Joining the cast of Saturday Night LiveSasheer Zamata will become the first African-American woman to grace the show in six years. You mean there are actually funny people who are simultaneously female and African American? Who knew? (Not SNL, apparently.) It’s truly mind-blowing! Where did SNL find this person? Really, though, SNL got the memo that their lack of diversity–which Syreeta and Juliana have written about recently–was unacceptable and in no way a reflection of the lack of talent of people of color. Because there is no lack of talent among people of color; there is just lack of opportunity, thanks to places like…SNL, to come full circle.

Anyway, not only is Zamata hilarious, but she’s a smart cookie and talented writer and uses humor ...

Joining the cast of Saturday Night LiveSasheer Zamata will become the first African-American woman to grace the show in six years. You mean there are actually funny people who are simultaneously female and African American? Who ...

The Feministing Five: Bonnie McFarlane

It’s 2013 yet the ever-pervasive myth that women aren’t funny persists. Men like the late Christopher Hitchens, who wrote the piece “Why Women Aren’t Funny” in Vanity Fair, and comedian Adam Carolla (if you could call what he does comedy) have ensured that this absurd notion has remained throughout time.

Thanks to Bonnie McFarlane’s new documentary entitled “Women Aren’t Funny,” we now have not only an interesting perspective on the debate, but a hilarious one. And from a woman! Bonnie and her husband Rich Vos, both comedians, tackle this question by asking various comedians, club owners, and writers for their thoughts on the matter. They feature everyone from Wanda Sykes, Joan Rivers, Sarah Silverman, and Dane Cook. ...

It’s 2013 yet the ever-pervasive myth that women aren’t funny persists. Men like the late Christopher Hitchens, who wrote the piece “Why Women Aren’t Funny” in Vanity Fair, and comedian Adam Carolla (if you could ...

Guest post: Why you should save your nickels for this year’s Women in Comedy Festival

Lane Moore is a comedian and writer for The Onion, Jezebel, and Ms. Magazine. You can and should follow her on Twitter at @hellolanemoore.

You know how people are always talking about women in comedy? Like, all the time. Like, CONSTANTLY. Like, they weren’t really doing it before so now gender is something we have to mention every time we talk about a comedian who isn’t white, male, or both? It’s easy to read these things and think, “Okay, I agree. But what could I possibly do about things like SXSW only booking 3 female comedians, as opposed to the 25 male comedians, given that, like most Americans, I am not a comedy booker or television executive?”

Excellent question, hypothetical ...

Lane Moore is a comedian and writer for The Onion, Jezebel, and Ms. Magazine. You can and should follow her on Twitter at @hellolanemoore.

You know how people are always talking about women in comedy? Like, all ...

Guest post: Slate writers’ defense of Bridesmaids misses the mark

This is a guest post by Silpa Kovvali.

In response to my recent post about the prevalence of tired stereotypes in the comedy Bridesmaids, Double X’s Amanda Marcotte writes:

 The recent explosion of prominent women in comedy has brought with it an unfortunate but predictable debate about whether or not the characters that have resulted from all these women scribbling and acting are Good For Women. Of course, the underlying assumption of the question is that women have a bad reputation in the general public and media should therefore portray us in uplifting ways to counter negative stereotypes, which in turn means that the question answers itself: If a female character has flaws, then that is Bad For ...

This is a guest post by Silpa Kovvali.

In response to my recent post about the prevalence of tired stereotypes in the comedy Bridesmaids, Double X’s Amanda Marcotte writes:

 The recent explosion of prominent women ...