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

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You'll Laugh So Hard You'll Cry

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 John Oates, and a whole lot of awesomeness from its two stars. In the premiere, watch the pair try a new “mermaid-style” dating tactic (huh?) to hilarious results. [Splitsider]

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

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"Dratch & Fey"

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 York called it “the funniest thing to be found on any New York comedy stage”) and Second City in Chicago. The comedy blog Splitsider says an old VHS tape of the  show appeared on YouTube earlier this week. Need something to watch tonight? You’ve found it! [Splitsider]

The Stars Of “Broad City” Are Feminists

"I Mean, We're Male-ists Too"

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. I don’t find it to be negative at all.”

Glazer chimed in with Jaocbson to agree:

“I feel like a feminist is gender equality. You know, we’re feminists… the people who work on the show are feminists.”

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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 boyfriend out to get yogurt for the disease he had given me and him coming back with tropical-fruit-and-nut flavor, which just wasn’t what was needed. That used to get quite a big laugh. … I think I was a fairly militant feminist at the time and I wanted to do material about the sexually transmitted diseases and them being largely to do with blokes who hadn’t washed themselves properly. The question of male hygiene was high on my list. I used to do a whole bit about how to wash your penis actually.”

Emma Thompson used to be a standup comedian before she became an actress? Who knew? I wish Vanity Fair had asked her to tell the joke about how to wash a penis. Some men still need help with that. (Although I really must correct Emma here: yeast infections can be passed from men to women, but the spread of STDs has nothing to do with washing properly!) [Vanity Fair] [Image via Getty and Shutterstock]

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

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 runs IndieWire’s Women And Hollywood blog and we spent the entire moving grabbing each other’s arm in the dark and incredulously whispering, “This is so fucking offensive.” And not edgy-funny-offensive. Like, ew-offensive.

Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, where do I start? (Spoilers ahead, obviously…) Keep reading »

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

Jerry Lewis, Sexist Pig
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Jerry Lewis says women aren't funny, "bring babies into the world." Read More »
Judd Schools Jerry Lewis
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Judd Apatow informs Jerry Lewis women are, in fact, funny. Read More »
"Are Women Funny?"
Mindy Kaling won't answer your stupid "are women funny?" question. Read More »

“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 child — which is a miracle.”

I didn’t even know 88-year-old Jerry Lewis was still alive, so it figures his views on women in comedy are (still) covered in cobwebs.  Why is he so convinced that women can’t be funny and “aggressive” while also being mothers and bearing children? Sounds like someone’s got a major Madonna/whore complex. [Huffington Post] [Image via Getty]

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