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 fearful world and the brutal male-dominated entertainment business like a warrior. At a time when most women were funny behind closed doors, tittering in the kitchen among other women away from the men, Rivers broke that barrier and became the funny woman for all of us to look up to in the public eye. She surveyed the men surrounding her and took her place among them, never taking “no” for an answer. Rivers thrived in this business because she didn’t rest for a second, she didn’t allow people to tell her she wasn’t funny because she knew she was funny. It was simply a fact. Funny is funny, male or female. Keep reading »
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]
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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“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]
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 »