women in comedy

7 Reasons You Absolutely Need To Know About Comedian Natasha Leggero

She is self-described on her website as “celebrated actress, comedian, and female,” and you can already see her sense of humor there. More »


8 Reasons Ali Wong Is Going To Be The Next Comedian You’re Obsessed With

Female comedians are becoming less and less of an anomaly, but a pregnant stand up comedian? This is a first. Ali Wong is a comedian that you should know about because once you do, you’re going to be obsessed with her. She’s a badass who’s been killing the stand up game for 10+ years now,… More »


“The Headless Women Of Hollywood” Is A Brilliant Feminist Tumblr That You Should Be Following

Comedian and feminist warrior Marcia Belsky has created a Tumblr page that will simultaneously make you laugh and make you very angry. None of us are blind to the still ever-present sexism depicted in film and television, but here Belsky gives us a direct visual. In fact, she gives us many, many visuals.

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Samantha Bee Is Changing The Late Night Game In The Best Way

Samantha Bee became a corespondent on The Daily Show in 2003. She was the only female correspondent on the show until Kristin Schaal joined in 2008. For many female comedians – or female anythings, really – we’re often the only woman in the room.

I hate to say it, but some woman tend to prefer… More »


Why Funny Women Don’t Like Cowardly Men

Rather than focusing on the internalized prejudices of men who crave women who will themselves smaller and more likable in the face of patriarchy, I’d rather focus on the funny women who exist, and why we’re leaving these exhausting cowards in the dust. More »


Trevor Noah: “Women Are More Powerful In Comedy Right Now”

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Former Disney CEO Says Funny, Beautiful Women Are Impossible To Find While We Barf From His Sexism

Former Disney CEO and not beautiful or funny bald piece of shit Michael Eisner was quoted as saying to Goldie Hawn:

“From my position, the hardest artist to find is a beautiful, funny woman, they usually—boy am I going to get in trouble, I know this goes online, but usually, unbelievably beautiful women,… More »


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

Context, folks. It’s all about context. More »


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… More »


“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… More »


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 this… More »


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… More »


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 NewMore »


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… More »


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… More »


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… More »


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… More »


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 his… More »


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… More »


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… More »


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