Posts tagged "women in comedy"

“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…

Jessica Wakeman | January 6, 2014 - 5:00 pm

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…

Jessica Wakeman | December 13, 2013 - 6:30 pm

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.


Emily Winter | November 25, 2013 - 12:00 pm

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”…

Jessica Wakeman | November 21, 2013 - 8:00 pm

“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…

Jessica Wakeman | October 22, 2013 - 8:00 pm

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…

Jessica Wakeman | October 17, 2013 - 4:30 pm

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

Jessica Wakeman | October 15, 2013 - 11:26 am

Tig Notaro Does Rookie Mag’s “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…

Jessica Wakeman | October 1, 2013 - 7:00 pm

Sarah Silverman & W. Kamau Bell Rehash Sexist Joke On “Totally Biased”

Sarah Silverman went on “Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell” on Thursday to hash out … well, a lot of stuff.

First, there were Bell’s problems: eight years…

Jessica Wakeman | September 16, 2013 - 1:20 pm

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

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…

Jessica Wakeman | May 23, 2013 - 6:30 pm

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

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…

Shanelle Matthews | February 25, 2013 - 3:20 pm

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

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…

Jen Kirkman | November 30, 2012 - 2:00 pm

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

“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…

Jessica Wakeman | November 19, 2012 - 3:30 pm

Mindy Kaling Says Gross Is Funny

“Do you remember that episode of 30 Rock where Liz got the cheap Lasik and starts crying out of her mouth? It was so funny and a bit grotesque. I…

Julie Gerstein | October 31, 2012 - 9:30 am

G.O.B. Tampons: Because The Republican Party Knows Your Body

G.O.B. tampons: they’re feminine hygiene products by the people who know a woman’s body best — old Republican men! With flaps and wings and widgets and hooziwhatsits for all your…

Jessica Wakeman | September 24, 2012 - 4:40 pm

The Soapbox: In Comedy Is “Fat & White” The New “Sassy & Black”?

I was recently contacted through my website by a pregnant black woman who inquired about hiring me to perform standup at her baby shower. She and her husband were diehard…

Erica Watson | August 31, 2012 - 1:00 pm

Tig Notaro On Dating With Breast Cancer

The doctor has prepared me for more weight loss and losing my hair. Dating isn’t the main focus here, but it’s fresh in my mind, because I just got out…

Jessica Wakeman | August 30, 2012 - 12:40 pm

Chelsea Handler Addresses Rumors She Slept Her Way To The Top

“I so didn’t, and I so don’t care about you asking about it.”
— That is Chelsea Handler’s response to a journalist for Marie Claire @Work asking her about…

Jessica Wakeman | August 15, 2012 - 8:30 am

Mindy Kaling Won’t Answer Your Stupid “Are Women Funny?” Question

“The Office” actress/writer Mindy Kaling is so over this “Are women funny?” conversation. (As am I.) While speaking to the Television Critics Association, Kaling was asked about recent pay-attention-to-meeeee

Jessica Wakeman | July 23, 2012 - 4:40 pm

Watch “StandUp In Stilettos” This Saturday!

Get real, girl, you are not going be able to get those opening weekend tickets for “Magic Mike.” Instead, park your butt on the couch this Saturday night at 10/9c…

Jessica Wakeman | June 29, 2012 - 4:40 pm