Are women funny?

(58 Posts)
kim147 Sat 30-Mar-13 16:35:09
greenhill Sun 31-Mar-13 21:37:18

Thanks kim I just had a chance to listen to your Bridget Christie link. I'll keep an eye out for her stuff from now on smile

kim147 Sun 31-Mar-13 21:51:40

You should have heard her show on feminism. Full of anger - especially about the Bic pen. But made some really good comments.

joanofarchitrave Sun 31-Mar-13 21:53:59

I do think it's a competition thing. Most women I know make me laugh, a lot. Most men I know, frankly, are dull, and those who think they are funny are painful - I don't know any women except me whose idea of being funny is to recite old Blackadder/Fast Show/Monty Python lines, but I know a miserably large number of men who do this, with the added joy of doing them incorrectly.

However, men will battle each other to be the funniest in a group, and so the ones who want to be funny will work hard to win, and that makes for improvement in the end; they will usually have been doing it for a minimum of 10 - 15 years by the time they get a 'break' in their early 20s.

If I am in a group with some funny women, I want to hear them be funny, not compete with them.

FasterStronger Mon 01-Apr-13 13:31:29

I dont think men like funny women.

there is that research about men doing the most talking in a conversation but perceiving a women, who is not quiet but talks less than 50% of the time, as dominating the conversation.

so if they don't like us speaking (I know I am talking in generalisations here) they certainly don't like us speaking and being funnier then them personally.

(DISCLAIMER: not all men. I like lots of them)

I'll listen to the link in a mo, see if it squares with anything that I think.

Thinking about one specific situation in my life where a lot of funniness goes on ... the women's humour tends to be a lot more situation-specific. It's not all in-jokes, but rather people bouncing off one another, harking back to things that have been said in the past. The men do that too, but they will also 'tell jokes' - often ironically, signalling the TERRIBLE PUN in advance, but ironic or not, they do do it. The women do this very rarely. The result is that a lot more of the men's humour is more generally accessible, they could get a laugh (or at least a groan) out of complete strangers. This is less true of the women.

The other generalisation is that the women's humour is almost never cruel, and the men's quite often is. Again, that seems to make the men's humour a bit more accessible.

So as a massive sweeping generalisation - women's humour is a bonding thing, men's a display thing?

Thumbwitch Mon 01-Apr-13 13:57:06

Some women are funny. Some women think they're funny but I don't agree with them. Some women are not funny.
Ditto men.

But there is no reason for women NOT to be funny.

However, I think a lot of men have trouble with some female humour.

BOEUF Mon 01-Apr-13 13:59:33

I listened to the whole series, it was brilliant. It's a shame it isn't all available online, only the last week's.

Thumbwitch Mon 01-Apr-13 13:59:47

Just to add - I don't find Sarah Silverman funny, for example. But I have seen some very funny women doing stand-up.

IsBella Mon 01-Apr-13 14:20:46

The idea of women not being funny is just another way for men to put down women.

What they mean is, when women are funny and the humour is about us not them, it doesn't interest them.

In the same way that men wouldn't go and see that brilliant, hilarious film Bridesmaids because it was all about women and as everyone knows women aren't supposed to be real characters in films, they're just supposed to be there as a foil to the real hero, the man, they won't laugh at women's humour.

We've been socialised to believe that stuff men are concerned with is universal therefore they're funny - the stuff women are concerned with is just women's stuff and therefore only funny to women.

Don't know about anyone else, but I'm fucking hilarious.

Seriously though...

there are funny women and funny men....just the same as there are serious women and serious men. What a odd question.

kim147 Mon 01-Apr-13 14:37:09

visualise - It's the title of the comedy series on the link.

BOEUF Mon 01-Apr-13 14:45:25

Did you want a discussion about the radio series, Kim, or the issue? I'm n

BOEUF Mon 01-Apr-13 14:45:50

ot clear from your title.

YouMakeMeWannaLaLa Mon 01-Apr-13 15:01:16

I agree with Bella.

And FWIW 'Getting On' is the most hilarious thing I've ever seen, if you ever get the chance...watch it!

TiggyD Tue 02-Apr-13 10:58:39

Some are and some aren't. Susan Calman is, Gina Yashere isn't.

navada Tue 02-Apr-13 11:05:21

Oh I love Gina Yashere grin

Thumbwitch Tue 02-Apr-13 11:46:02

me too, Navada!

TiggyD Tue 02-Apr-13 12:19:32

Then you are both wrong to like her.

FreudiansSlipper Tue 02-Apr-13 12:25:05

I think when you get a group of women together it is the honesty, no trying to get one up on someone else that makes us funny smile we are happy to share the downsides of not being perfect and find humour in it

lots of funny women

Rossanne Barr she really pushed boundaries too and made it funny
Sarah Silverman
Jo Brand
Joan Rivers - not everyone likes her but no one is sharper or quicker at comebacks
Kathy Lette
Victoria Wood
Tina Fey
Susie Essman
Wanda Sykes
Amy Sedaris (David's sister)

I think Gina Yashere is very funny. I like Victoria Cohen too

Sarah Millican is not as funny as she thinks she is

FreudiansSlipper Tue 02-Apr-13 12:28:41

coren not cohen

Thumbwitch Tue 02-Apr-13 12:31:44

Only in your opinion, TiggyD, which I believe to be wrong. smile

Pootles2010 Tue 02-Apr-13 12:41:41

I think the Ruth Jones/James Corden thing is really interesting actually. G&S made me weep with laughter, but James Corden's stuff with that other one from G&S is absolute bilge (suggesting that she's far superior maybe?), and yet he's far more famous that Ruth Jones.

Would be interesting to know if he's more famous because he gets offered more stuff, or because she's not as interested in doing all the tv shows he's in iyswim?

greenhill Tue 02-Apr-13 13:02:36

Ruth Jones was also excellent in Hattie, the Hattie Jacques biopic on BBC4. She was the lead in a series on Sky called Stella. I think a new series has just been commissioned.

James Corden's squeaky voice is on CBeebies as he is the narrator of Charlie Bear. I'm not sure that makes him more famous than her!

MooncupGoddess Tue 02-Apr-13 13:39:02

I know several very witty men and women... but men are much more inclined to laugh at their own jokes, in my experience... and they're often not very good jokes.

Most of the feminists I know are hilarious.

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