Who Made Men The Judges Of Whether Or Not Women Are Funny?
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Who Made Men The Judges Of Whether Or Not Women Are Funny?

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Who Made Men The Judges Of Whether Or Not Women Are Funny?

By a show of hands, or, in this instance, agreeing nods, how many of you women readers have been called “un-funny” or just “not that funny?” Alright, hands down, and empathetic sighs over. You are not alone. In fact, it is publicly accepted that women aren’t funny, and it’s just the norm in our humor culture.

However, everyone who has said that, or anything indicating that men are genetically funnier than women, is plain wrong. It’s not true. This type of sexism isn’t deep-rooted in our country’s history, it’s relatively new (not to be confused with general sexism and misogyny, which has been deep-rooted in the world forever). As new types of comedians are introduced to social media every day, we get more and more laughter. But how many of these are women comedians?

As comedian Adam Corolla eloquently said in an article with The New York Post, “the reason why you know more funny dudes than funny chicks is that dudes are funnier than chicks.” Hm. Okay, Mr. Carolla, but why? He never got to answer the scientific questions behind his thesis, so I will come up with circumstantial evidence that women are not only being discriminated against in the work force (and in everything else that males get to do that we don’t), but we are also being discriminated against in the stand-up comedian world.

A few things inspired me to write this article. For one, it really irks me when I say a joke and no one laughs, but then, when a boy says the exact same joke, it gets rumbling applause. Is it me? Do I need to work on my social skills? I found people who thought like me, and we all saw the comedic sexism that was occurring all over America.

Upon Googling “richest comedians in America,” I stumbled upon a troubling list. Out of the top 100 most well-paid comedians of 2015, the top 50 has a total of three women, one of whom is no longer with us. Now, I know, comedy is not all about the money. In fact, I think I’m hilarious, and I don’t get paid a dime for it. But that’s OK, maybe one day.

Next, I googled “funniest comedians of all time,” just for shits and giggles. The first woman to be named on that list, at number 36, is Ellen DeGeneres. Bill Cosby is above her. BILL COSBY. In fact, out of the 100 comedians listed, there are only six women, and according to that list, Robin Williams is the funniest comedian. I can think of 10 women who are funnier than Robin Williams, and five of them are people who I call my best friends. (I know people love Robin Williams, I just never found him funny. Too much ADHD in one man for me to focus on the jokes he was telling.)

I do not think that the world is digressing and that it’s all going to be all-male casts again, I just have a question. Whydo so many people think women aren’t funny? It all stems from the belief that women are supposed to be proper and only laugh at jokes when the content is shared by a male or has to do with a male. That’s false. This may seem controversial (which is my point) but I challenge you to all watch Chelsea Handler’s stand-up, and the documentary "Women Aren’t Funny," and to see the movie "Trainwreck," to watch the Joan Rivers Special on Netflix, and then tell me that I'm wrong. My goal of writing this article was not to solve the debate of which gender is funnier, but to see women comedians being appreciated just as much as their male counterparts.

If you would like to debate this further, my contact information is readily available.

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