Posts tagged "women in comedy"

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 a group of Black comediennes. (One woman who auditioned has come forward calling the whole thing a publicity stunt, which seems like a dicey move…

Jessica Wakeman / December 13, 2013

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.

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…

Emily Winter / November 25, 2013

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.” Whe…

Jessica Wakeman / November 21, 2013

“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)…

Jessica Wakeman / October 22, 2013

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 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,…

Jessica Wakeman / October 17, 2013

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…

Jessica Wakeman / October 15, 2013

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 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…

Jessica Wakeman / October 1, 2013

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 ago when Silverman’s comedy/documentary “Jesus Is Magic” came out, Bell wrote an impassioned blog post (on MySpace, which is what we did back then) about…

Jessica Wakeman / September 16, 2013

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 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…

Jessica Wakeman / May 23, 2013

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 “Girls” producer and star, Lena Dunham captioned “Me with my Ni**a @LenaDunham of @HBOGirls – I love this beyotch!!”

The interwebs erupted with…

Shanelle Matthews / February 25, 2013

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 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…

Jen Kirkman / November 30, 2012

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 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…

Jessica Wakeman / November 19, 2012

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 just thought, This is the funniest, coolest thing ever. In The Office, I didn’t get that many opportunities to go, Yeah, I’m completely willing to

Julie Gerstein / October 31, 2012

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 confusing lady parts, a woman could not have invented it better herself. (No, seriously, she couldn’t have: she’s not allowed.)
“Saturday Night Live” skits ca…

Jessica Wakeman / September 24, 2012

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 comedy fans, and thought it would be fun to have a comic perform for their guests.

“How did you find me?” I asked.

Erica Watson / August 31, 2012

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 of a relationship. So I’m just sitting here, thinking, ‘Wow, not only am I single, but I’m about to be four pounds and bald.’

Jessica Wakeman / August 30, 2012

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 the rumor — legend? slur? — that she only got her show “Chelsea Lately” because she was dating the former head of E! Want to…

Jessica Wakeman / August 15, 2012

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 comments by “The Man Show”‘s Adam Carolla that women just aren’t as funny as men. “Anything about putting into question whether women are funny or…

Jessica Wakeman / July 23, 2012

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 for “StandUp In Stilettos.”  That’s the night that friend-0f-The-Frisky Erica Watson — who was in “Precious” a few years ago and will be in “The…

Jessica Wakeman / June 29, 2012

“Saturday Night Live” Adds Lady Cast Member Kate McKinnon

Squee! Rumor has it “Saturday Night Live” has added a female cast member named Kate McKinnon and she is someone we already know and love around these parts! Kate starred in “Vag Magazine,” the kickass webseries that spoofed women who work at a feminist magazine, as the flaky girl Bethanny. Comedic Kate hails from the…

Jessica Wakeman / March 29, 2012