Posts tagged "women in comedy"

Does Amy Schumer Really Have A Race Problem? I’m Not Sure.

Context, folks. It’s all about context. …

By: Megan Reynolds / June 29, 2015

Frisky Q&A: Lisa Lampanelli Talks Divorce, Self-Acceptance & Twitter Haters

Tonight is the premiere of comedian Lisa Lampanelli’s much anticipated fifth stand-up special, “Back to the Drawing Board,” and here’s a little scoop: She’s funnier than ever. The equal opportunity offender has a new look (having recently shed 100 lbs) and is recently divorced, and both changes are reflected in what is her most honest…

By: Katrin Higher / June 26, 2015

“Let’s Never Apologize For Anything”: The Hollywood Reporter’s Comedy-Actress Roundup Is Amazing

The Hollywood Reporter gathered this year’s possible Emmy-contenders for best comedic actresses, as has become tradition, for a pretty great roundtable. Featuring Tracee Ellis Ross, Lena Dunham, Gina Rodriguez, Ellie Kemper, Amy Schumer and Kate McKinnon, the discussion is a long-ranging one on being a powerful woman in the entertainment business and what it means to be funny. The…

By: Megan Reynolds / May 27, 2015

Joan Rivers Showed Women It’s Okay To Be An Asshole (If You Want)

Yesterday, the world lost one of  THE most daring and fearless stand-up comedians we have ever known, male or female. Joan Rivers was a special kind of icon. She is one of the greats, up there with Richard Pryor and George Carlin. Being fearless in this world is not common. But Rivers plowed through thi…

By: Katrin Higher / September 5, 2014

Watch The First Episode Of Comedy Duo Garfunkel And Oates’ New Series Online Now!

Set your Tivos: “Garfunkel and Oates,” the new IFC show named after Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci’s musical comedy duo, is premiering August 7th. To get yourself psyched up, the show’s entire first episode is available for a sneak peek on YouTube. Score! The first season will feature guest stars like Ben Kingsley, Tig…

By: Claire Hannum / July 31, 2014

You Know You Want To Watch Vintage Tina Fey And Rachel Dratch

Okay, “vintage” might be pushing it, because this was filmed only 15 years ago. My point is, this video of a two-woman show by Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch is from their very early “Saturday Night Live” days. “Dratch & Fey” ran at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater in New York City (where Time Out New

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 24, 2014

The Stars Of “Broad City” Are Feminists

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, the brilliant comedic duo behind “Broad City,” chose not to join the ranks of female stars who dodge the f-word, and I love them for it. When asked by PopSugar at the Critics’ Choice Television awards whether they’re “cool with” the word feminist, Jacobson graciously responded:
“I would totally say I’m a…

By: Claire Hannum / June 28, 2014

Emma Thompson Has A Really Funny Joke About Yeast Infections

“There was one standup routine I used to do about thrush or candida [yeast infections]. I used to do a lot about sexually transmitted diseases. I don’t know about now but in the old days, when you got candida, you could sometimes treat it with natural yogurt. One of my gags was about sending my…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 22, 2014

Frisky Rant: “Walk Of Shame”‘s Problematic Plot Shames Sex Workers & Drug Addicts For Cheap Laughs

Oh, I wanted to like “Walk Of Shame.” I wanted to love it. What’s not to love about a movie starring Elizabeth Banks, Gillian Jacobs and Tig Notaro? I was ready for a hilarious rom-com starring several of my favorite funny ladies.

Instead, in the screening room, I sat next to my friend…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 2, 2014

Jerry Lewis: “Aggression” In Women Comedians Isn’t Nice

“Seeing a woman project the kind of aggression that you have to project as a comic just rubs me wrong. And they’re funny — I mean you got some very, very funny people that do beautiful work — but I have a problem with the lady up there that’s going to give birth to a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 14, 2014

Stephen Colbert To Replace David Letterman As “Late Show” Host

CBS announced today that Stephen Colbert has signed a five-year contract to replace David Letterman as host of the “Late Show” when Letterman retires next year. In a statement, Colbert said, “Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in hi…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 10, 2014

Funny Ladies: 6 Hysterical Female Comedy Duos You Need To Get Into Right Now

You never forget your first time. For me, it was five years ago. I’d just moved to Los Angeles and wanted to meet new people. I stood in line outside for almost an hour. When the doors finally opened and I settled into my spot, the lights dimmed and “Love Will Keep Us Together” by…

By: Leslie Simon / April 10, 2014

Frisky Q&A: Great Author Sara Benincasa Talks Young Adult Fiction, Zelda Fitzgerald & Women In Comedy

A show of hands: who had to read The Great Gatsby in school?

Most of us, right? You’re probably overly familiar with the tale of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan, if not from high school English class then from the Baz Luhrman spectacle in theaters this past summer. I hope you still have…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 8, 2014

Chelsea Handler Is Leaving “Chelsea Lately”

Chelsea Handler’s manager confirmed she is leaving “Chelsea Lately” after seven years on E! and is being courted by “at least seven suitors” for projects to do next. Chelsea, I’d follow you anywhere. [The Hollywood Reporter]
In happier news for E!, fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg is going to star in a reality…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 31, 2014

The Soapbox: Comedy Still Sees What Men Think Is Funny As The Default Human Experience

Recently, London comedian Jenny Collier tweeted a screen grab of an email she received from a booker informing her that she was kicked off a show because there were too many women already on the line-up.

Yes. That’s right.

By: Katrin Higher / March 20, 2014

The Soapbox: Why Will Ferrell’s New Female-Focused Production Department Isn’t Cause For Celebration

Yesterday, Will Ferrell’s company, Gary Sanchez Productions, announced that it is launching a female-focused film and television department called Gloria Sanchez Productions. The idea came from Jessica Elbaum, an exec at Gary Sanchez, who will head the division.

This is exciting news, but I think they missed a major point. I believe people are…

By: Emily Winter / February 13, 2014

“Saturday Night Live” Adds Two Black Women To Writers’ Room Staff

Good news in Today’s Lady News, for once: “Saturday Night Live” has added two Black women to its writing staff beginning this month. LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones are both comediennes who were discovered during recent auditions held by executive producer Lorne Michaels, with the express purpose of adding a Black female to the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 8, 2014

“Saturday Night Live” Adds Sasheer Zamata, First Black Female Cast Member in 5 Years, As A Featured Player

Putting to rest (for now) a controversy over why the iconic comedy show has not had a Black woman on the cast for five years, Sasheer Zamata has joined”Saturday Night Live” as a featured player. According to Deadline Hollywood, Sasheer graduated from the University of Virginia three years ago and trained with the Upright Citize…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 6, 2014

Lorne Michaels Promises “Saturday Night Live” Will Add A Black Female Cast Member In January 2014

“Saturday Night Live” creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels said the show will add a Black female cast member in January 2014. The show held a special audition for a group of Black comediennes. (One woman who auditioned has come forward calling the whole thing a publicity stunt, which seems like a dicey move…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 13, 2013

The Soapbox: Women Tell Dirty Jokes, Deal With It

Dear Variety Columnist Brian Lowry,

You wrote a negative review of Sarah Silverman’s new comedy special, “We Are Miracles,” which aired on HBO Saturday night.

And I get it.

The special felt stale, pointlessly antagonistic, and lacked actual jokes. But worse than the program itself was the bizarrely-gendered language…

By: Emily Winter / November 25, 2013
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