“Why are women, who have the whole male world at their mercy, not funny? Please do not pretend not to know what I am talking about.”
So wrote Christopher Hitchens in a now infamous Vanity Fair article. (In case you were wondering, Hitchens decides that the “humor gap” exists because women “have to affect not to be the potentates.”) Five years later, Adam Carolla — remember him? He was a person who sort of mattered at a point in time. He made a TV show of puppets doing prank phone calls; he was a comedic genius, ahead of his time, etc. — told the New York Post that “dudes are funnier than chicks.” “They make you hire a certain number of chicks,” Carolla opined. “They’re always the least funny on the writing staff.”
We know that these comments largely come from men who are just trying to be provocative...