Are women funny?

(58 Posts)
kim147 Sat 30-Mar-13 16:35:09

Don't worry Biggles, I also love Miranda. grin And Sarah Millican. And one of the women at my work, who is very professional right up until she's animatedly telling you a story with wild hand gestures and fantastic facial expressions and has the whole room in stitches!

Maybe I'm lucky, but my DH mostly gets "women's humour" and laughs just as much as me, he even bought Bridesmaids on dvd, then gave it to me!

I think you need quite a lot of confidence to be publically funny, and of course, us women should not be confident in front of the menz. hmm

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Fri 05-Apr-13 06:30:22

I think women are hilarious; Mumsnet is a daily case in point.

The thing is that when a male comedian crashes and burns, it's his failing. When a woman comedian flatlines, it's proof that 'women aren't funny'. <rolls eyes>

I know it's not popular to admit it, but I adore Miranda - she has me weeping with laughter. I also love the other Miranda (Richardson). She is brilliant. Plus loads of others already mentioned. Ruth Jones, Kathy Burke, etc. Saw French and Saunders love once - practically left with a hernia. Ab Fab, with a pretty much exclusively female cast, achieved the near impossible by being popular with both sexes.

Also, thinking of various actresses who have impeccable comic timing, like Maggie Smith. And - hear me out grin - Jennifer Aniston. As she progressed in Friends, her comic talent improved exponentially. Shame it never translated into anything else...

monica77798 Thu 04-Apr-13 10:13:34

I think there is a big difference between being funny with your friends, family, or co-workers, and standing up on stage and making an audience laugh. Most of the people that most people know who they think are hilarious would actually make awful comedians.

BOEUF Tue 02-Apr-13 20:30:04

I've just listened to the whole show again, and laughed even more. I actually love her a lot, in my heart.

YouMakeMeWannaLaLa Tue 02-Apr-13 17:03:33

Good point Singing I can't bear to let anyone's joke fall flat even if I can see the punchline a mile away or have heard the "hilarious" story a million times or even dislike the person so will always fake laughter.

Yet I have a particular male friend who never laughs at my hilarious grin observations but I will often hear him repeating them to others or even back to me.

Anecdotes are not data and all that but it fits with your theory.

piprabbit Tue 02-Apr-13 16:40:35

I'd like to add Kathy Burke and Julia Davis to my list.

Some of my favourite comedians are female. I love the Kath & Kim comedy series, especially the woman who plays Sharon, and I've recently discovered Mae Martin, I love her!

The thing is, men always think they're funny because women will laugh at the feeblest joke, because they don't want to seem rude. I always feel compelled to laugh along because otherwise you just get accused of having no sense of humour. I'd like to be brave enough to stop though, and I'm getting there. Laughing along with a boring man who shouldn't be encouraged is part of the social flirting women are raised to do, that so often backfires.

FucktidiaBollockberry Tue 02-Apr-13 13:54:26

James Corden has ordinary looks and a penis and is therefore accepted into the sleb club. He's prepared to use his male privilege to appear in misogynistic boys-club TV programmes and fit the role of "chubby mate".

Ruth Jones is beautiful but fat and therefore doesn't meet the patriarchal beauty standards a woman needs to in order to be accepted into the sleb club.

Hence his greater fame.

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.

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!

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?

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

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

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

coren not cohen

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

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

Then you are both wrong to like her.

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

me too, Navada!

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

Oh I love Gina Yashere grin

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

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

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!

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

ot clear from your title.

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

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

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

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

Seriously though...

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

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

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.

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