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5 Lady Comic Memoirs, Ranked (Spoiler: #1 Is Not Bossypants)

5 Lady Comic Memoirs, Ranked (Spoiler: #1 Is Not Bossypants)

There’s a lot to look forward to this fall, like crunchy leaves and pumpkin everything and not being so hot you want to die, but there’s one thing that stands out: I’m talking about a book. But not just any book — it’s a book by AMY POEHLER. And it’s her memoir! It’s called Yes Please, and it’s coming out on October 28th, thus making Halloween only the second coolest thing to happen that week.

(Lena Dunham also has a memoir being published in the fall, Not That Kind Of Girl, out on September 30th. It’s also exciting but like, not as exciting as Amy’s.) Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Actress & Comedian Erica Watson, Co-Star Of “Precious”

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of working alongside a lady named Erica Watson at a dreary desk job. She’s one-of-a-kind: nice as can be, whip smart, hilarious, and just an all-around bundle of good vibes. It was a total bummer Erica and I lost touch after we both moved on to other jobs.

Then I randomly saw Erica performing at a stand-up comedy club one night last spring and when we reconnected, I learned her career has blown up. The Fabulous Miss Erica Watson has a small, but significant, role in “Precious,” which you might have heard has OSCAR written all over it.

But not only is Erica a star on the big-screen: she’s also been performing a one-woman stand up comedy show about body image called—get this—”Fat Bitch.” After wrapping up performances in New York City this fall, Erica will be performing in a Chicago run of “Fat Bitch” at the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts from November 19th-28th, 2009. (She’ll be back in NYC in February 2010—check Erica’s web site for more details.)

After the jump, Erica and I chatted about playing an abusive mom in “Precious,” freaking everyone out by naming her show “Fat Bitch,” and how Erica wishes she could be more like Santa Claus: Keep reading »

Erica Watson Is A Fat Bitch

Erica Watson and I have been friends for a year now and even I raised my eyebrows when I heard she was calling her one-woman comedy show “Fat Bitch.” Bitch is a touchy word for a one-woman show to begin with, but…Fat Bitch?! What’s this woman thinking?

Hey, Erica? If I were appearing in a movie produced by Oprah, alongside Mariah Carey and Mo’nique, I’d be telling EVERYONE.

Read on for my chat with Erica Watson about how she had to scream at a nine-year-old girl in “Precious,” the ridiculous number of lame-o exes who’ve bought her a gym membership or a treadmill as a “gift,” and why you should never tell a plus-sized woman “You have such a pretty face!”

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Is Rape Ever Funny?

Touchy subject, I know. Once a week I write a round-up for Jezebel, Gawker Media’s women’s site, about the misogyny that runs rampant on all of the web’s gossip blogs. A frequently targeted topic is the issue of rape. Some of the blogs I read regularly (mostly for Missdemeanors) make tongue-in-cheek, but still extremely offensive jokes about rape. Here’s a recent example from the blog What Would Tyler Durden Do?

“I read somewhere that the reason dudes rape girls is because they think the girl is really pretty. It’s basically a compliment.”

Horrible huh? Keep reading »

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