- Monday 20th February 2012, 5:35pm
- 3169 posts
Just listened to this interview with Josie Long: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1oXIZVLthw
and she raised an interesting point about the women on panel shows. She posits that women comedians are not less numerous than male comedians, but that they get less visibility for two reasons: 1. They get beaten down by the constant sexism and give up. 2. TV gigs that should go to female comedians go to female TV presenters, actors or reality stars.
I thought that was quite an interesting point that I had never considered before. Women on panel shows are rarely particularly funny, but almost all of the time they aren't comics, so of course they aren't as funny as the four male comedians they're sitting with. A heck of a lot of stand-ups are making names for themselves by appearing on panel shows, so if female comics aren't getting a chance to appear on these shows is it surprising that there aren't that many arena-filling female comedians?
What do you guys think?
(If all you think is "Women just aren't funny" we'll just assume that that opinion has been stated already, so no need to post it)