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Women in Comedy

Asian Women Take On White Male Privilege In Role-Reversing Video

The Huffington Post | Jenavieve Hatch | Posted 02.08.2016 | Women

YouTube star Anna Akana just took the subtle sexism and racism women of color face in the comedy world, and turned it on its head in a three-minute vi...

Meet The Feminist Comedians Who Use Rage And Tears As Their Weapons

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 01.15.2016 | Arts

Soojeong Son and Ginny Leise -- aka SJ And Ginny -- are two comedians who are extremely comfortable with the uncomfortable. The Internet officia...

2015's Best Comedic Moments, Courtesy Of Hollywood's Funniest Women

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 12.31.2015 | Women

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This To-Do List Nails The Sexist Double Standard Women Face In Comedy

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 12.15.2015 | Women

It's a sad reality that, even today, the idea that "women can be funny, too" is still a novel one to many people.  Comics who also happen to be w...

How Comedian Kristina Wong Went Viral, Then Took Her Art And Activism Offline

The Huffington Post | Tricia Tongco | Posted 11.13.2015 | Arts

The metaphorical armchair is a comfy place -- the temperature is controlled, snacks are readily available and the Internet speed is high. Best of all...

When Will Ladies Rule Late Night?

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 09.10.2015 | Women
Sheila Moeschen

A lady ruling late night. Can you imagine? Our small brains are up to the challenge, are yours?

Amy Poehler's 'Stoner Answer' To Whether Comedy Is Becoming More Welcoming To Women

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 07.13.2015 | Women

Amy Poehler doesn’t care if you like her, and that might make you like her even more. In an interview with The Guardian, the comedian explained ...

Michael Eisner Apparently Can't Find Any Beautiful, Funny Women, But We Just Did

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 07.06.2015 | Entertainment

Last week at the Aspen Ideas Festival, former Disney CEO and clueless white man Michael Eisner reminded us that women aren't usually funny because the...

Lisa Lampanelli's Most Sexist Experience In Comedy Involved A 'Penis Puppet'

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 06.26.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Lisa Lampanelli is a comedy veteran -- her fifth stand-up special, "Back To The Drawing Board," premieres Friday on Epix -- but the journey there came...

Challenging White Supremacy

Ted Alexandro | Posted 06.25.2015 | Comedy
Ted Alexandro

I have been a comedian for about 22 years. As a white male, I have undeniably been given advantages throughout that people of color and women are not afforded.

Amy Schumer: 'I Think People Hate Women'

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 05.28.2015 | Women

Being a woman in Hollywood involves putting up with a whole lot of bullsh*t. During The Hollywood Reporter's Comedy Actress roundtable, six hilari...

Grace Helbig's Commencement Speech Reveals Secrets Of Her Success

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 05.19.2015 | College

Comedian Grace Helbig is a YouTube phenomenon, the star of her own new show on E! and a New York Times bestselling author, but the self-proclaimed "aw...

Emma Gray

Amy Schumer Skewers A Culture That Makes Women Apologize All The Time | Emma Gray | Posted 06.01.2015 | Women

"Sorry, did you want that?" "Sorry, can I scoot by you?" "Sorry, I'm just grabbing something." "You wanted to talk first? Oh, sorry." For...

Claire Fallon

Women In Sitcoms Are Getting A Lot More Three-Dimensional. And That's A Good Thing. | Claire Fallon | Posted 05.08.2015 | Arts

Illustration by Priscilla Frank It's a crucial moment in the primary campaign, and a New Hampshire reporter has just published a brutal art...

Emma Gray

Comedy Central, Please Replace Jon Stewart With A Woman | Emma Gray | Posted 02.12.2015 | Women

On Feb. 10, Jon Stewart announced that he would be retiring from "The Daily Show" after more than 15 years. It's hard to imagine the television late-n...

The Women Of 'SNL' Reveal Their Favorite Characters To Play

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 02.09.2015 | Women

Everyone has their favorite "Saturday Night Live" character, but what character was a favorite to play for the ladies of "SNL"? Glamour spoke with a f...

21 Moments That Defined Women In Comedy In 2014

The Huffington Post | Katla McGlynn | Posted 12.29.2014 | Comedy

We may have lost Joan Rivers, Jan Hooks and Mrs. Doubtfire, but 2014 was a fine year for women in comedy. Amy Poehler certainly made her mark this ...

Katla McGlynn

So Wait, Why Aren't There More Women Writers In Late Night Again? | Katla McGlynn | Posted 12.01.2014 | Comedy

The 2014 New York Comedy Festival had a lot of incredible shows featuring women. A panel discussion called “Women Aren’t Funny” brought together...

Picking Truth

Meryl Branch-McTiernan | Posted 01.06.2015 | Books
Meryl Branch-McTiernan

This week's attacks on Dunham show that many in the media are not quite as enlightened in their ability to allow female writers to have ownership over their own narratives. By questioning Dunham's agency to decide what's worth talking about and shaming her for not being ashamed of herself, they are missing the purpose of her work.

Katla McGlynn

Talking Catcalls And Women In Comedy With Bonnie McFarlane And Marina Franklin | Katla McGlynn | Posted 11.05.2014 | Comedy

HuffPost Comedy Editors spend all day looking at funny things on the Internet. Now, they have a podcast. This is, "Too Long; Didn't Listen." In...

Chelsea Handler Is Really Sick Of Journalists' Sexist Questions

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 10.09.2014 | Media

Chelsea Handler has a message for journalists everywhere: all women are not the same. Until she stepped down from her post at E!'s "Chelsea Lately...

These Women Are Killing The 'Pretty Isn't Funny' Stereotype

HuffPost Live | Posted 09.30.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Women have always been funny, but it wasn't until recently that society allowed them to look beautiful and make us laugh. Filmmaker Heidi Ewing, wh...

Joan Rivers Perfectly Shut Down The Single Woman Stereotype In 1967

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 09.06.2014 | Women

Joan Rivers was a comedic visionary, always a bit ahead of her time or waiting for times to catch up. But a 1967 standup performance on the struggles ...

Women in Comedy Spotlight: My Hilarious Coworker Trish!

Reductress | Posted 09.27.2014 | Comedy

It seems like almost every stand-up show features at least one female comedian these days. Now that Tina Fey stars in movies, it's just a matter of time before women are being funny all over this great nation!

Maria Bamford Tells (Almost) All About Her Comedy, Mental Illness and Sloppy Psych Care Before The American Comedy Awards

Art Levine | Posted 07.01.2014 | Entertainment
Art Levine

On her way to becoming arguably the most innovative, unique and emotionally resonant comedian in the country, Maria Bamford has seen her cult following grow ever larger.