Bitches be Joking
The other day, I got a proper New York welcome (of giving me shit) when Luis Gomez introduced me to another comedian as a “feminist blogger.” But, damn, I’m turning into one! Not the “I manufacture outrage to generate pageview ad revenue” kind, but like, a blogger who is a feminist. BECAUSE I GET TO SEE SO MANY FUNNY WOMEN IN NEW YORK!! And I can’t stop talking about it.
I’ve argued before that sexism in comedy isn’t such a big deal, except if you’re censoring women for talking about their vaginas. And I had always agreed with Bonnie McFarlane, that Ok, maybe it actually is a big deal, but I’ve never personally suffered for it. But like someone who didn’t realize how bad their eyesight was until they were handed a pair of glasses, oh my god, LA comedy, you are sooooo sexist.
And the brand new labia-colored glasses I’m seeing the world through is the New York comedy scene. Without any effort on my part, I haven’t been to a single show with an all-male lineup. Most of the time, there’s two of them! And they’re good! Really good. And it’s not just the same two women every time!
So, I’ll end the judgey rant there and tell you about some of the awesome women I’ve seen in just the last 48 hours
I got to see Rachel Feinstein on this week’s Sam & Joe Show at Caroline’s. Wow, she’s great, which the whole country will get a chance to see soon, since she’s taping her next Half Hour in Boston this week. Her act features numerous stories where she voices characters including her mom, a tool (the kind of guy, not the thing in a box in your garage), Russian whores on a penis enhancement infomercial (my favorite) and the guy she fears she’ll give up and marry. It doesn’t feel stagey or forced, just organic to the story, the same way you probably imitate your mom or boss or whoever when you’re talking (only better).
Then on this week’s Frantic Mondays at The Stand, I got to see not one, not two, but FOUR very funny comedians who just happen to own a pair of boobs. (While host Michael Kosta is very pretty, I’m not counting him.)
Alli Breen, Carmen Lynch, Janelle James and Casey Balsham showed what a wide range of “funny” women can produce. Different styles, different perspectives, different subject matter. Ugh, even that sentence I just wrote sounds like there’s the assumption that all women comedians are the same - not funny. But that’s my point, if you just book a good show based on funny, you’re going to end up with more than just one woman. And there’s plenty of women doing every kind of comedy for whatever kind of show it is.
Carmen, especially was a treat. I’ve been a fan since I first got to see her at Moontower Comedy Festival last year and she had a great set on Letterman last fall.