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The Soapbox: Women Tell Dirty Jokes, Deal With It

The Soapbox: Women Tell Dirty Jokes, Deal With It
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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 title of your piece, which I can only assume was approved by a Victorian-era ghost, was “Sarah Silverman’s Bad Career Choice: Being as Dirty as the Guys.” In the review, you claim Silverman appeared, “determined to prove she can be as dirty and distasteful as the boys.” Keep reading »

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 the Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey start writing etiquette tips for gentle young ladies in Variety?   [The Wire]
  • “Orange Is The New Black” actress Uzo Aduba has spoken out about Julianne Hough’s blackface Halloween costume as her character Crazy Eyes. “I think maybe it was an unfortunate event, but she apologized and I feel like we can all move on,” said Aduba. [E! Online] Keep reading »

“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 “Christmas Episode.” Both shows, which were filmed in black and white, will be “colorized with a vintage look.” Top that, Nick at Nite. [Entertainment Weekly]
  • More details on the Kimye proposal: Kim Kardashian’s blingy engagement ring is 15-carats. Yowza. And Kanye West paid local orchestra musicians $1,000 each to play “Young & Beautiful” during the proposal inside a San Francisco stadium, which was (of course) filmed for TV. ‘Ye reportedly has final say on what footage will air. If I know these two like I think I know these two, I would say all of it. [People, TMZ]
  • Oopsies! Katharine McPhee was photographed kissing her “Smash” director Michael Morris. Morris is married to the actress Mary McCormack, while McPhee has been married to producer Nick Cokas for five years but separated these past six months. [TMZ]
  • Jenna Jameson claimed she was just “exhausted” when she was slurring so much on “Good Day NY” that producers cut the interview short. [US Weekly] Keep reading »

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

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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, they never seem to find ones that are ready.”

Comedienne Nyima Funk, who is a Black alum of Second City, could not agree more. So, here is she getting ready to be on “SNL.”  I hope you’re watching, Lorne Michaels. [Jezebel]

Kenan Thompson Says There Are No Black Women On “Saturday Night Live” Because There Aren’t Enough Funny Black Women

Kenan Thompson Says There Are No Black Women On "Saturday Night Live" Because There Aren't Enough Funny Black Women

I like Kenan Thompson a lot. He’s probably my favorite actor on “Saturday Night Live” right now. But what the heck was he thinking when he spoke to TV Guide about diversity on “SNL”? The show hasn’t had a Black woman on the cast for six years, despite having numerous other performers of color, including Thompson, Jay Pharoah (who is Black), and Nasim Pedrad (who is both Iranian and a woman).  Yet when asked why “SNL” hasn’t cast a Black woman, Thompson suggested that there just aren’t enough funny Black ladies:

“It’s just a tough part of the business. Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.”

Ummm.

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Tig Notaro Does Rookie Mag’s “Ask A Grown Woman”

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Ask A Grown Woman

Why couldn’t Rookie have existed when I was a teenager? All of us screwed up 20- and 30-somethings would have had a better chance at life if we could have asked Tig Notaro for life advice. Here she is doing a segment of “Ask A Grown Woman,” sharing self-confidence tips in regards to her recent mastectomy and her philosophy that what’s most attractive to people is when you own who you really are. (True, by the way.) It gets pretty heavy at the end when she answers a question from a girl who just lost her mother — Tig’s own mother died suddenly recently — but it’s exactly what most of us need to hear. Listen and learn, girls of all ages. [Rookie]

Jerry Lewis On Women Comedians: “I Cannot Sit And Watch A Lady Diminish Her Qualities”

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  • Comedian Jerry Lewis does not like any dainty little flowers, I mean women, who perform comedy, because it’s just so crass and unladylike. “I don’t have any,” he said when asked to name his favorite comediennes. “I can’t see women don’t that. It bothers me … I cannot sit and watch a lady diminish her qualities to the lowest common denominator.” And this is not, in fact, the first time the 87-year-old has said made bigoted statements like this. [The Daily Beast]
  • And on that note, here’s Christina Wilkinson, the comic who was sexually heckled by men in the audience and then punished by the comedy owners for asking why they didn’t toss the hecklers out. [xoJane]
  • Mississippi may soon jail women who suffer miscarriages and stillbirths under manslaughter laws. [Mother Jones]
  • College women are drinking more alcohol and doing it more frequently than college men, according to a new study in a journal called (uh oh) Alcoholism. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Lisa Lampanelli’s Racist Schtick Abuses The Art Of Comedy

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Insult comedian Lisa Lampanelli has made headlines again – for all the wrong reasons. Last week during the Writers Guild Awards, she shamelessly tweeted a picture of she and HBO “Girls” producer and star, Lena Dunham captioned “Me with my Ni**a @LenaDunham of @HBOGirls – I love this beyotch!!”

The interwebs erupted with rage as yet another privileged white comedian made a “joke” at the expense of the Black experience. The ubiquitous nature of racism means while we see and hear it everywhere, we’re rarely given the opportunity to understand the motivation behind it. Lampanelli’s entire shtick is to exploit the sensitive nature of race and homosexuality and to make money from abusing the art of comedy, not taking responsibility for the social implications of her “work.” Keep reading »

The Soapbox: I’m On Twitter Strike Until The Men I Know Get Loud

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Jen Kirkman is a comedian on “Chelsea Lately” and “After Lately.” This post was reprinted with permission from her Tumblr. 

I’m on a Twitter strike. I am so sick of the way men on Twitter treat lady comics. And my male friends always DM me or text me or email me or talk to me about how they hate it too but they never speak up.

I am constantly tweeting about gay rights (I’m straight) and racism (I’m white). It takes two seconds and it’s part of who I am. My male comedy friends show support by suggesting that I just let it slide, “these people are idiots/trolls.” But I don’t see it as “trolls” — these are actual men who are showing me that their opinion is that a woman is acting “hysterical” when she reacts to being treated unfairly. Suddenly I am not funny or fun. My male comedy friends sometimes lament that they want to support and that they hate how they see their women friends being treated on line but “but don’t know what to say.” Keep reading »

Whitney Cummings Was Told She “Wasn’t Pretty Enough” For Hollywood

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“I remember my agent at ICM at the beginning of my career telling me that I wasn’t pretty enough, that I was always going to be a quirky sidekick. And he was an ogre of a man. He should have been carrying a torch. If he was in a bar, he couldn’t have come near me, and then he was deciding my fate.”

Whitney Cummings in New York magazine on an ex-agent telling her she wasn’t pretty enough to play anything other than Zooey Deschanel roles. And now Zooey has her own show, and so does Whitney, so who has egg on their face now, ogre-agent man? Ironically, Whitney Cummings gets a lot (a lot) of flack for ‘only being successful because she’s hot.’ So what is it: too hot or not hot enough? (Neither! You can’t win!)

After the jump, another quote from Whitney about criticisms that she and her characters on “Whitney” (on which she stars) and “Two Broke Girls” (which she created) are not “good for women.” Keep reading »

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