Adam Corolla made it into the news this week by claiming that women aren’t funny. For all we know, that could be the exact reason he made the comments in the first place because he hasn’t been in the news much recently for anything else. Regardless, here’s the generalization that set Twitter ablaze with reactions and opinions:
“The reason why you know more funny dudes than funny chicks is that dudes are funnier than chicks… When you’re picking a basketball team, you’ll take the brother over the guy with the yarmulke. Why? Because you’re playing the odds. When it comes to comedy, of course there’s Sarah Silverman, Tina Fey, Kathy Griffin—super-funny chicks. But if you’re playing the odds? No.”
He also continued about how female comedy writers are usually the least funny people in the room. Some of my favorite comedians and show-runners are female – specifically Tina Fey. The general consensus seems to be that Tina Fey is funny. Whether people agree with Corolla or not regarding this debate, everyone feels the need to clarify that they think Tina Fey is hilarious – Corolla even does so himself.
It certainly feels like there are fewer female comedians than male comedians out there. When you go to a random comedy club in New York City, it is 80% male comedians unless it is a special show featuring all female comedians. I’m not sure if that has something to do with the opportunities available to female comedians or the career path of a comedian attracts more males than females. Obviously both genders are possessive about holding the comedy crown so it’s not surprising that his comments sparked outrage.
Here are some of the witty responses to Corolla’s comments…https://twitter.com/KenJennings/status/215209310983168000 https://twitter.com/JohnRossBowie/status/215153534713344001 https://twitter.com/kellyoxford/status/215167585510105089 https://twitter.com/morgan_murphy/status/215570284172935169