Monday, February 13, 2012

note to dead guy - women are-too funny

The sweet irony of Christopher Hitchens writing a stupid pointless article like Women Aren't Funny in Vanity Fair in in 2007 is that we are living in a time when there are more women making a living as comedians than at any time in the history of the world.

And no, I'm still not sorry he's dead. Katha Pollitt had quite a few interesting things to say about the late Hitchens - she worked with him for 20 years.

While I was rifling through Youtube looking at Louis C. K. I was struck by the amazing variety of female comedians. From the Bob Newhart-esque Ellen Degeneres to the completely unique Sarah Silverman. Some samples:

Margaret Cho - she might be my favorite

The classic Ellen Degeneres

Kathy Griffin - I don't follow reality shows or pay attention much to celebrities - so the fact that I still find Kathy Griffin's work hysterically funny is a real tribute to her skill.

The immortal Roseanne

Silverman is just mind-blowingly random

Tina Fey, of course.

Judy Tenuta's not active too much these days, but her act was bizarre and funny.

And the precursor of them all - Lily Tomlin