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Women in Comedy

21 Moments That Defined Women In Comedy In 2014

The Huffington Post | Katla McGlynn | Posted 12.23.2014 | 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?

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 11.06.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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
Reductress

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.

Tracy and Laraine Newman Keep Comedy in the Family With Charlotte's Shorts

Xaque Gruber | Posted 06.28.2014 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

"We're The Judds of comedy," says Saturday Night Live comedy legend, Laraine Newman. "We're the Redgraves of comedy," adds Laraine's Emmy Award-winning sister, Tracy Newman with a laugh.

Kathy Griffin Blasts Sexist Executives

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 04.10.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Kathy Griffin has won two Emmys and one Grammy for her biting brand of comedy, but even a shelf full of awards hasn't saved her from sexism. During...

Beth Einhorn on Being the Only Woman Writer for The Tonight Show

Darryle Pollack | Posted 04.09.2014 | Entertainment
Darryle Pollack

It's well known that late night TV talk shows are a male-dominated field. As Jay Leno hands over The Tonight Show to Jimmy Fallon, I caught up with Beth Einhorn, who was the only female writer on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for three years.

The Depressing Reality Of Hollywood Casting

Posted 01.28.2014 | Women

Apparently, a pretty face still trumps a good joke in Hollywood. Allison Jones, the genius casting director responsible for our favorite "Freaks A...

Ari and Emma Review Movies They've Never Seen: Gone With the Wind

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 03.10.2014 | Women
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

As Ari and Emma get increasingly inebriated, they proceed to interweave the plots of movies they've never seen, across genres, space, and time.

A Girl Comic and Her Heckler

Lianna Carrera | Posted 01.31.2014 | Comedy
Lianna Carrera

As the night progressed, and each time I'd walk past their group I'd hear him taunt. And each time I'd hide my growing annoyance with a "See ya there!" Comics loathe hecklers for a variety of reasons but we don't fear them.

'It Hurt, But I'll Defend It. I'll Defend It To My Death.'

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 11.22.2013 | Comedy

Sarah Silverman's new HBO stand-up special, "We Are Miracles," has surprised many critics with her new style of comedy that relies on earnestness and ...

The Secret To Being A Successful Woman In Comedy

Posted 11.15.2013 | Women

Is the key to being a successful woman in comedy to make your gender irrelevant? Yes, according to writer Kay Cannon. The "New Girl" and "Pitch Pe...

7 Things I Learned Being a Woman in Improv

The Second City Network | Posted 12.17.2013 | Comedy
The Second City Network

Everyone's been there. You walk into a scene thinking that you're going to be the head of the UN, talking some serious sense into this business in Syria, and whatdya know? Some DUDE opens the scene with: "Hey, honey?"

Size 6

Kendra Cunningham | Posted 10.07.2013 | Comedy
Kendra Cunningham

I was a size 6 once. I vaguely remember the first time I got to carry my size 6 pants to the register, feeling weak and feeble hoping I had carrots at home.

Tig Notaro: I 'Didn't Have A Problem' Being A Female Comedian

The Huffington Post | Julie Zeilinger | Posted 07.11.2013 | Women

It's always inspiring to come across successful and outspoken female performers. Comedian Tig Notaro, who is best known for making waves last summer w...

Kate McKinnon's Favorite 'SNL' Women

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 07.02.2013 | Comedy

"SNL" hotshot Kate McKinnon chatted with NBC's Janine Brady over drinks at 30 Rock, and revealed that not only is the famed sketch show her dream job,...

How Women Really Feel About 'The Heat'

The Huffington Post | Julie Zeilinger | Posted 07.01.2013 | Women

Let's be honest: a lot of pressure was put on "The Heat" to succeed. The idea that this single movie would prove that women actually can be funny,...

The Awesome Things He's Said About Women

The Huffington Post | Lori Fradkin | Posted 06.26.2013 | Women

Paul Feig, the dapper director of "Bridesmaids," obviously enjoys working with women. Not only did he take on Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo's blockbus...

Where Are The Women On Late-Night TV?

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.15.2013 | Women

Where are the female hosts on late-night TV? That's what a panel of guests addressed Wednesday on HuffPost Live. Dorian Hannaway, the former Dir...

LOOK: 50 Hilarious Female Comedians

www.thejanedough.com | Posted 04.21.2013 | Women

“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 C...