Sunday, March 16, 2008

Who says women aren't funny?

A year ago I made a website for a class project that responded to the Vanity Fair article Why women aren't funny by Christopher Hitchens. You can find the old website here, but I can't promise you that the YouTube videos are still up and running. I'm not really trying to get you to visit my old website though; I'm just trying to jog your memory, because I'm pleased to report that the magazine finally published an article that presents my point of view: Women are funny. I think you should read Who says women aren't funny? even if you know there is nothing to debate. There are some great photos in the print version, so make sure you look at those while you're in line to pay for your groceries. Aren't you exited about Baby Mama? The Tina Fey & Amy Poehler buddy movie? I am, even though Michael and I weren't impressed by the preview.

Oh yeah, one last thing: Vanity Fair focusses on 12 notable female comedians, even though they mention many more in the full article. Let's compare their shortlist to mine:

My shortlist: Amy Sedaris, Catharine O'Hara, Jennifer Coolidge, Margaret Cho, Samantha Bee, Sarah Silverman, Tina Fey, Wanda Sykes (+ Parker Posey, but I didn't include her in my website because I ran out of time).

Vanity Fair's shortlist*: Sandra Bernhard, Susie Essman, Tina Fey, Jenna Fischer, Chelsea Handler, Leslie Mann, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Amy Sedaris, Sarah Silverman, Wanda Sykes, Kristen Wiig.

*Click on this link to see short interviews with each comedian that aren't included in the print issue of the magazine.


sarah said...

Erin! Look what I found...

A rebuttal of the rebuttal!

Erin Riley said...

I get his point, but I still think he's wrong. Also, he acts like such a snob.

Thanks for the link Sarah!