Posts tagged "women in comedy"

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 Notaro and…

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 feminist.

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 who ru…

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 room i…

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 show. [InStyle]…

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 at their…

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 cast.

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 to…

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 you used to smash it. The…

By: Emily Winter / November 25, 2013

Sarah Silverman Makes Too Many Pottymouth Jokes For A Lady, Says Variety Reviewer

A Variety reviewer of Sarah Silverman's upcoming HBO comedy special objected to the amount of dirty jokes she tells. Gasp! Dirty jokes, you say! Brian Lowry mentioned Silverman's "looks" as a "career-friendly gift" and then lamented the comedian feels she needs to "prove she can be as dirty and distasteful as the boys." When did…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 21, 2013

“I Love Lucy” Headed Back To TV — In Color!

Nope, I haven't ripped this headline from 1955: CBS really is putting "I Love Lucy" back on the air — for one night only, sadly. But this time, the old time-y episodes will be  in color. The channel will air two back-to-back episodes on  December 20: "Lucy's Italian Movie" (AKA the grape stomping episode) and…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 22, 2013

Black Comedienne Nyima Funk Is Not Ready To Be On “Saturday Night Live”

Earlier this week, Kenan Thompson from "Saturday Night Live," spoke to TV Guide and explained why he puts on a dress and plays all the roles of Black women on the show instead of, you know, hiring one. The lack of Black women is a "tough part of the business," Thompson said. "Like in auditions,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 17, 2013
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