With all due respect, this positive progress report on Women in Comedy is a tribute to Joan Rivers. She persevered to pave the path for generations of funny women. Rivers auditioned seven times over three years, before making her Tonight Show debut in 1965.
My worth, or any other woman's relevance, should not be based on how "hot" we are -- what I call the Breedability Quotient or BQ -- unless we subscribe to that disempowering social view that young is superior. We should honor older women; not disgrace them.
Just a day after Saturday Night Live announced the addition of Sasheer Zamata to the cast, and still weeks prior to her scheduled debut, at least one Hollywood critic was already scribbling an asterisk by Sasheer's name.