comedy

Q&A with Jenny Yang of the (Almost) All-Female, Asian-American Dis/orient/ed Comedy Tour

  The Dis/orient/ed Comedy tour has been selling out venues up and down the West Coast and lands in Portland this... Read more »

Safe, Legal, and Hilarious: Five Actually Funny Jokes About Abortion

You might have missed it earlier this week because you were doing something more important with your time—like Jazzercising, or building a tiny city out of Triscuit crackers and cream cheese, or watching some kind of... Read more »

Pay Attention to These Women-Hosted Comedy Podcasts

If you'd told me ten years ago, “I have a really great mp3 for you—it's a recording of two people you don't know discussing their lives,” I would have been very confused, and then probably would have told you to go to hell. But that was then, and this now. Read more »

The Rise (and Periodic Decline) of Women in American Comedy

Though the media seems to “discover” women in comedy once every few years, the truth is that they’ve been there from the beginning. From early stand-ups like Phyllis Diller and improv pioneers like Elaine May, through today’s breakout television stars like Mindy Kaling, women... Read more »

The "Bridesmaids" Effect: How Did "Bridesmaids" Change Hollywood?

In this mad, mad world of ours, there are only a few things that we can all agree upon—the sky is blue, the internet cat video pheonomena is an excellent waste of time, and the film Bridesmaids was one of the biggest hits of... Read more »

"It’s Never Been a Better Time for Women in Comedy."

As any of you who have been following this blog know, we’ve devoted quite a bit of brain power to figuring out where the idea that women aren’t funny comes from. Read more »

When Comedy is Political Activism: Interview with the “Throwing Shade” Podcast Hosts

Over the past decade, the reign of “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” have shown that comedy news shows just might be America’s favorite way to digest politics. Read more »

Popaganda Episode: Nerds!

Nerds are the kings of our culture these days—but what is a nerd, exactly, and who gets to call themselves one? This show digs into gender, race, and nerdery with an organizer of GeekGirlCon, comedy nerd... Read more »

On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

Happy Memorial Day weekend! If your plans include reading, here are some links to get you started. • Yet another teenage girl has committed suicide after months of school bullying—this time, the... Read more »

Sassy Grandmas and Angry Old Ladies: Comparing the Comedy Comebacks of Betty White and Joan Rivers

Everyone loves a comeback, the more unexpected the better–and no recent comeback was more unexpected than Betty White’s. Read more »

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Tina Belcher's Sexual Revolution

Tina Belcher breaks all the rules of network sitcoms. That's why she's wonderful.  Read more »