The Radical Working-Class Roots of Improv Comedy

Most comedy fans don’t know that improv was created by a female social worker.

An Interview with "Saturday Night Live" Writer Katie Rich

Katie Rich is a sharp and bold Chicago comedian, and a new writer at Saturday Night Live. Read more »

Welcome to SNL, Sasheer Zamata! Now Prepare to Be Scrutinized.

Last night, Saturday Night Live announced they have hired Sasheer Zamata as a mid-season addition to the cast, responding to months of controversy over the show’s lack of black female performers. The news suggests that the series might finally be... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Douchebag Decree: Saturday Night Live Makes Trans* People Their Punchline

I’ll be the first to admit that Saturday Night Live is a totally hit or miss show these days. There are definitely some skits that cause me to cramp up from laughing so hard, while others leave me bored. I get it - it takes a lot to put on a live, hour-and-a-half variety... Read more »

SNL Adds First-Ever Fat Woman to New Cast

After losing some regulars last season—Abby Elliott, Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, and Jason Sudeikis (maybe)—Saturday Night Live announced the three new cast members... Read more »

Race Card: SNL

Saturday Night Live’s “Bride of Blackenstein” skit did black women no favors. In this blaxploitation-like spoof of The Bride of Frankenstein, which aired Jan. 30, we learn that even a black chick created... Read more »

The Box's Crushes of the Week: Saturday Night New Girls

Maybe I over-post about Saturday Night Live, but I just can't help myself. This season is one of the best ever! Plus, I'm thrilled with the screen time that female cast members are getting. The newest lady cast members, Michaela Watkins and Abby Elliott, are especially crushable. They were... Read more »

Saturday Night Ladies

Now that Tina Fey is Saturday Night Live's most visible alumni, it's easy to forget that female cast members have historically had to bust ass to get noticed. So here's a look at Saturday Night Ladies of the past, remembering their contributions to the show and following up on what they're doing... Read more »