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 »

Five Jokes About Feminism (That Are Actually Funny)

Well, gang, there’s some good news and some bad news. The good news is that feminist comedians and feminist critiques of comedy have been all over the news lately! Woo! Yay! The bad news is that this is, in large part, because there are a bunch of people who think that they have a... Read more »

How Women-Only Comedy Spaces Break Up the Boys' Club

  For the first time, many of the biggest, mainstream names in comedy are women. From titans like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to rising stars like Mindy Kaling and Kristen Schaal, funny women are headlining the biggest summer comedies, starring in top network sitcoms, and—judging by the... Read more »

I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: An Interview with Child-Free Comedian Jen Kirkman

Traditional family life has long been fodder for stand-up comedy—but jokes about life as a child-free woman are a less-charted terrain. Luckily, we have comedian Jen Kirkman to lead the way. Kirkman, a writer and regular performer on E!’s “Chelsea Lately” and “After Lately,” recently released a... Read more »

Meet Reductress: The Women's Magazine Parody We've Been Waiting For

This morning in the doctor’s office waiting room, I leafed through a copy of Ladies’ Home Journal and landed on an article called,“The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Cleavage.”... Read more »

Remembering "Titters": The Complicated History of "The First Humor Collection by Women."

When I first heard about a book called Titters: The First Collection of Humor by Women, it could be conservatively stated that I just about lost my frickin’ mind. Published in 1976—smack in the middle of the both the height of second wave feminism and the golden years of “... Read more »

Here is What's Scary About Being a Female Stand-Up Comic.

Recently I told some jokes a stand-up show and as I was getting off stage, the host said, “Go give her a hug after the show!” I shuddered back into my seat and pulled my beer in front of my chest like a protective shield. Read more »

A Brief History of "Women Aren't Funny"

As long as there have been jokes, there have been people saying that women can’t tell them. It can be tempting to dismiss recent “women aren’t funny” firestorms as yet another by-product of our internet era, where we are instantly alerted the second that anyone—from... Read more »

Judd Apatow Puts the "Vanity" in Vanity Fair's All-Star Comedy Issue

Though I wouldn’t admit it to just anyone, I really like Judd Apatow. Sure, he’s partially responsible for comedy’s obnoxiously named Frat Pack, and with it the continued celebration of adult men who act... Read more »

Tales From The Crip: Maysoon Zayid: Arab Gone Wild

“For those of you who don’t know me, I’m not wasted, but the doctor who delivered me was.” So begins the standup comedy set from Maysoon Zayid: disabled comic, actor, humanitarian, and “Arab Gone Wild.” Read more »


Tina Belcher's Sexual Revolution

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