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

Race In Hollywood
The search for an actress to play Nina Simone is skin deep. Read More »
Tokenism?
Erica says lay off "Girls" for being all-white and give black girls a show. Read More »
Lena's Ignorant Tweet
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Lena Dunham tweeted a joke about looking "fundamentalist." Read More »
Is This Film Racist?
Only Decent People
This Dutch film about black women's asses looks pretty racist. Read More »

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

Whit: Not Pretty Enough
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Whitney Cummings was told she wasn't "pretty enough" for Hollywood. Read More »
Fat And White?
Is "fat and white" the new "sassy and black" in Hollywood? Read More »
"Are Women Funny?"
Mindy Kaling won't answer your stupid "are women funny?" question. Read More »
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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

Whit Slams Jerkwad
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Whitney Cummings responds to a comment about "peak vagina" on TV. Read More »
In Defense Of ...
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... "Whitney," a mediocre show that should be allowed to be mediocre. Read More »
Whitney Talks Comedy
Whitney Cummings on why it's okay for a woman to be pretty in comedy. Read More »

“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 »

Mindy Kaling Says Gross Is Funny

Mindy Kaling Facts
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Five things to know about Mindy Kaling. Read More »
How to Insult Mindy
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Find out what insults Mindy Kaling. Read More »
Mindy's Race Jokes
The Mindy Project
"The Mindy Project" makes some squicky jokes about race. Read More »
Mindy & Bill
Just Mindy Kaling and Bill Clinton talking about their favorite books. Read More »

“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 do stuff for comedy. In the pantheon of funniest people ever — Sasha Baron Cohen, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey — they all do these things that show they have no vanity, I’ve been really eager to embrace that.”

Mindy Kaling, on putting it all on the line for comedy. We agree, gross can be really funny, though sometimes gross is just, well, gross (sorry, I’m watching “Scary Movie 4″ as I write this). Point is, female comedians shouldn’t be afraid of looking gross in order to be funny. [NY Mag]

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

Mitt On Morning After
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Mitt Romney called the morning after pill "abortive pills." Read More »
Akin's Rape Science
Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »
"Legitimate Rape" Song
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Find out if you've been raped according to Todd Akin with this song. Read More »
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No One Knows Your Body LIke the GOP

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 can be hit or miss but it’s impossible for skits about periods to not be funny. I mean, hello? Tina Fey in the Annualle skit? I still crack up thinking about it to this day. [NBC]

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

Tokenism?
Erica says lay off "Girls" for being all-white and give black girls a show. Read More »
Casting Nina Simone
Is Hollywood still colorstruck? The search for Nina Simone is skin deep. Read More »
Mindy's Race Jokes
The Mindy Project
"The Mindy Project" makes some squicky jokes about race. Read More »

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. “I Googled ‘Fat Black Female Comics’ and you were one of the women that popped up!” she answered. “Everyone knows that fat black women are the funniest comics alive!”

After I hung up the phone, I sat there for a moment trying to figure out if I should be offended or not. While I understand that she was trying to be complimentary, I’m not sure if I am flattered by someone thinking that I am automatically funny just because I am plus-sized and black. Then I thought about the $1,500 she offered to pay me to stand in the middle of her living room and crack jokes for 30 minutes, and I instantly felt better. Throughout my career, I’ve been paid much less to do far worse. There was plenty of time for me to be offended later, but for now it was time to get paid!

Comedy is hard work, no matter what you look like. The perception that fat black women have an edge up, purely because of the size of their bodies, diminishes the amount of hard work, discipline and creativity that it takes for us to create this art form known as comedy. Furthermore, I think it’s crazy that someone would assume that all fat black women are funny.

On the other hand, I get it. Keep reading »

Tig Notaro On Dating With Breast Cancer

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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.’

–Comedienne Tig Notaro went onstage last month in Los Angeles and opened her set by saying “Thank you, I have cancer, thank you.” The audience was shocked. In this week’s New York Times Magazine, Notaro talks about how she had a life-threatening infection, lost her mother to a freak accident days after leaving the hospital, and then was diagnosed with breast cancer. To cope, she did what she does best: got up onstage and laughed about it. It really struck me from this interview, jokes aside, that Tig Notaro is an extremely strong person. Very much hoping for she gets well soon — and stops being on the receiving end of life’s shit stick. [New York Times Magazine] [Image: NYT Magazine]

Chelsea Handler Addresses Rumors She Slept Her Way To The Top

Slept Her Way To Top?
NY Times reporter asked Whitney about sleeping her way to the top. Read More »
Brain Bleed
Even Chelsea Handler thinks her show is stupid sometimes. Read More »
Chelsea's Abortion
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Chelsea Handler had an abortion at 16. Read More »
Childless By Choice
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Neither Chelsea Handler nor Gloria Steinem want to be moms. Read More »

“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 see me become irrationally angry and start breathing fire out of my nose? Suggest Handler only got her show because she slept her way to the top. I have a torn a new asshole on many a buffoon who has dared suggest that luck, talent, hard work and savvy had nothing to do with it. Her  bestselling books? Her (since-cancelled) sitcom? Her comedy tours? Her roundtable of comics — like Whitney Cummings — getting their own shows? Her ex-boyfriend’s penis must have been pretty damn magical to make all that happen. Keep reading »

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

JGL We're Breaking Up
Says pretty girls are typically not funny. Read More »
JGL Clarifies
JGL clarifies his "pretty girls are rarely funny" comment, as well he should! Read More »
Why Funny Women Rule
Mind of Man
John DeVore on why funny women are a natural resource. Read More »
  • “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 funny writers, I can’t comment on because it’s just so ridiculous,” Kaling responded. “It kind of keeps the argument alive. I said in my book, it’s like a nonsensical argument that we choose to keep alive by commenting on. It’s just beneath everyone by having it be a debate.” Damn straight! [The Wrap]
  • A “personhood amendment” seeking to criminalize all abortion by defining a fetus as a person has failed to make it onto the ballot in Montana. [Think Progress]
  • Tonya Reaves, 24, died this weekend at a Planned Parenthood in Chicago while undergoing a D&C abortion in her 12th week (second trimester). It is unclear what exactly caused the death. \ [Madame Noire]
  • Condom searches are being used by police in major cities to profile sex workers — despite the fact any ol’ woman or man could be carrying condoms. [Feministing] Keep reading »

Watch “StandUp In Stilettos” This Saturday!

Erica Watson Q&A
The actress talks about her on woman show and "Precious." Read More »
Fat Shaming Controversy
Erica Watson Love That Girl
TV show should be ashamed of their fat-shaming. Read More »
Whitney Talks Comedy
Whitney Cummings on why it's okay for a woman to be pretty in comedy. Read More »
Women We Love
Erica Watson on Standup In Stilettos
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 Bitter Pill” with Rooney Mara and Jude Law in 2013 — perform. The other performers are Paula Bel (from season seven of “Last Comic Standing”) and Felicia Michaels (winner of American Comedy Awards for Funniest Female).  I promise, they will be only slightly less entertaining than Channing Tatum on the pole. [YouTube]

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