The Problem With 'Female Comedy'
I often find myself wondering why the phrase “female comedy” even exists. It seems that we tend to compare female comedians to popular male comedians. Sure, men and women are different, and one can argue that they find different humor in every day life. So why do we keep pinning hilarious movies such as “Bridesmaids” up against male-dominant casts, declaring it the “female version” of “The Hangover.” Why does it have to be a version of anything? If you ask me, I think “Bridesmaids” is capable of standing on its own two feet. There is no rule saying that only girls or boys can think certain movies are funny. “I don’t think there’s a thing called women’s comedy —I think it’s just all comedy” says Parks & Recreation star Amy Poehler. The purpose of making people laugh is just that, there is no gender role attached to laughing.
“Are women as funny as men?” is the question every female comedian, actress, or writer gets asked in interviews. I mean c’mon, it’s 2014. Let’s also stop asking Kate McKinnon and Lena Dunham how hard it is to get respect in the “man-eat-woman” world of comedy. It’s been done before. Instead let’s inquire about their art and how they’ve worked hard to be successful, without making any comparisons. I would rather read about what they had for lunch than read another article about how hard it is working in a man’s world. Although women are still not getting paid equally, I think society has made some progress for women in male dominant work places.