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Friday morning randomness

This is the kind of nonsense that I wake up with in my head in the morning. Nonsense like this or inane one-hit-wonders that I hum for days after they get stuck in my head:
(why can't it be stuff like solutions to world hunger or new clean energy sources?)

Why do you suppose male stand-up comics are so much more successful than female stand-up comics?
to name a few

Tim Allen: stand-up . tv series . movies
Ray Romano: stand-up . tv series . (voicing for) movies
George Lopez: stand-up . tv series . movies?
Bernie Mac (R.I.P.): stand-up . tv series . movies
That King of Queens Guy: stand-up . tv series . movies
Rickey Gervais: stand-up(?) . (brilliant) tv series . movies
Eddie Izzard: stand-up . tv series(?) . movies
etc., etc.

Ellen: stand-up . tv series . movie(s) . talk show
Roseanne: stand-up . tv series . where is she now?
Tina Fey: ?stand-up? . tv series . tv series
French & Saunders: do they count? where are they now?
Rosie O'Donnell: stand up . tv series (does her talk show count?) . movies . stage . where is she now?
I don't even want to mention Joan Rivers who yes, was a stand-up comic centuries ago.

Who am I forgetting? See? Aren't you all glad that I shared the nonsense that is my brain?

Say, if I take a nap this afternoon *maybe* world peace will pop into my head.

. . . that or the Jell-o jingle.


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Jan. 16th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
Man....I WANT to go into a long painful rant about male and female expected roles and socialization, and the the subsequent glass ceiling of Hollywood due to who sells more tickets (the answer is men, btw), but my writing skills are poor and I'll probably just end up keyboard smashy.

I'll let someone else say it for me. XD
Jan. 16th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
It's so unbalanced. *grrrr*
There are brilliant female comics out there but where are their sit-coms? No, wait. Formula dictates that the show's lead be either an unattractive or over weight male with a shapely, attractive, patient accommodating trophy wife. Is that about right?
Jan. 16th, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
Formula dictates that the show's lead be either an unattractive or over weight male with a shapely, attractive, patient accommodating trophy wife

I KNOW RIGHT. As if that's not bad enough, then there's a travesty known as Two and A Half Men, which relegate women to a position lower than accommodating trophy wife. GYAH.

There are some female sit-com leads trying to break out...ranging from good ones like adorable Christina Applegate in Samantha Who and the lesser comedies about women trying to raise a surprise!black baby *rolls eyes*, but. I can totally amazing people like Tina Fey with opening the doors to other funny femmes.

Honestly, I really just wish one day people will understand that comedy actresses like Portia Del Rossi are ten times more engaging, interesting and hilarious that flinty Jennifer Aniston. A whiny, uptight women - yeah, there's comedy for you. MEH.

Jan. 16th, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
The list of comedic actors/resses is brimming with brilliant talented women - thank Gawd! Some more talented than their male counterparts. But why do TPTB pick from such a 'shallow' pool all.the.time!?! *argh!*

My original thought was only about the imbalance between male vs female stand-up talent, but if we look at the 'comedy' field in general it's the same frustrating situation isn't it!?!
Jan. 16th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
I just saw Dawn French in Miss Marple not long ago. She and Jennifer Saunders both provided voices for Coraline, and generally just still working as actresses.

Just off the top of my head--Aisha Tyler is also a successful actress who did or still does stand up as well. Caroline Rhea is another one, but I mostly see her on TV.

This is way cooler to think about than most of the things that pop into my head upon waking. ;)

Edited at 2009-01-16 04:32 pm (UTC)
Jan. 16th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
*eeep* I LOVE your icon! Now I want to go find my Eddy icons. I love,love,love him!

I'm happy to read that French and Saunders are successful in their careers! Yay \o/
Jan. 17th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
There's also this nonsensical idea that male humour is 'universal' while female humour is all about having our periods (which is doubly stupid b/c guys make CRAPLOADS of 'she's on the rag, oh noes!' jokes) and only other women like it.

I was watching a PBS thing on sitcoms the other day and they were going on and on about how George Burns and Jackie Gleason were such brilliant comedians on their shows blah blah blah geniuscakes and I was like, "er ... their comedy WOULDN'T HAVE WORKED if it weren't for Gracie Allen and Audrey Meadows, thank you very much!"

The one show where they had to admit it was the woman's comedic timing that made the success was I Love Lucy ... and they said part of that was because she had an "ethnic husband". FAAAAAIIIIIL
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