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The Future of Women's Comedy Will Be Funny

There's this: The Future of Women's Comedy: A TEDx Talk Reflection

Regina Barreca, Ph.D. writes a blog for Psychology Today as well as HuffPo (where copy/paste means your write for them). I know nothing about her separate from what I've read. She's a scholar who writes and speaks on the issues of gender, power, politics, popular culture, and humor. She apparently just spoke at the University of Connecticut Tedx Conference. She's more educated than I am and perhaps funnier....


...am I the only one who can't find the point from this Ted Reflection?

The paragraphs with content:

A lot of guy-humor is now made for and disseminated (yes, I did choose that word carefully) via electronic devices. The future of women’s humor will, I hope, be broadcast on the Internet— for all successful performance, it’s better to have as many viewers as possible—but it’s not going to be created especially for the Internet.

Honestly, I worry about young women believing that they have to imitate men in order to be considered funny. YouTube hasn’t made this any easier either, since the whole YouTube phenomenon has made the Internet into a forum where humor is being treated as if it’s been vetted when, in fact, all it’s been is downloaded. The result is that if some guy decides to fill his mouth with ginger ale, baking soda, and kitty litter “just to see what happens” and places it on YouTube, he might well be considered a new comedy star. He could get his own series. He could become famous as “the Exploding Kitty Litter Guy.” And there will be some girl who will think she’ll be the female equivalent of the kitty litter guy and then get to produce a show like “30 Rock” because of it. It won’t end well.

First, the example she gives distracts me because EW. Second, what? The concern is that women think they have to imitate men to be funny. And then the example of male comedy is kitty litter and ginger ale? Is she talking about slapstick being a primarily male dominated field or the cheap laugh being what sells on YouTube? She COULD be talking about examples of cookie-cutter sitcoms like what "Mom" turned out to be, but isn't expecting fresh comedy out of Chuck Lorre like expecting the same out of Seth MacFarland?


And there's the surrender of Twitter and YouTube to the male comedy field. If she thinks that you can't tell funny nuanced and lengthy stories or jokes on Twitter, then she doesn't know about @MayorEmanuel and Quakelrod.


She concludes her post with the following prediction:

So what will the future of women's comedy be like? The future of women's comedy will explain, illustrate and perhaps even demonstrate the fact that women, individually and collectively, are riots. Since women's humor is already insurgent, wild, provocative, smart, wicked and revolutionary, it's only going to become exactly that and more. Maybe women's comedy will give up the hand-held mic, but in every other way it'll be even better: it'll be more unnerving and even more funny. And I'll be the one in the front row, applauding.


Women's comedy will be funny. Maybe it won't be stand-up but it'll be funny. What?

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