She Who Laughs Last, Laughs Best

18 / 04 / 2013

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In this month’s edition of Culture Club, Bree Turner takes a look at women and comedy throughout the ages – from I Love Lucy and cringe-worthy male-made skits right up to Tina Fey’s ‘self-depricating nerd humour’ and HBO’s Girls.

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As a pubescent female I always felt that boys needed permission to laugh at my jokes. Either that or they didn’t find me funny, which was incomprehensible to me considering the roaring response I would get at all-girl sleepovers. Around the age of sixteen, I noticed the nerdy boys were coming ‘round to my wit and would chuckle at my quips. But it wasn’t until I was at University and hit the adult working world that I found men really appreciating my humour, and an honest exchange was being made.

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Considering my gradual growth and blossom into a funny woman, it seems female comedians in general have taken a similar path in the world of comedy. They have had their awkward-clammy-handed start where it seemed perhaps men were laughing at them rather than with them, then the new age-intellectuals got on board, and finally we arrived at 2013: the year Tina Fey and Amy Poehler cohosted the Golden Globes. Everyone in attendance (with the exception of Tommy Lee Jones) were in hysterics. We have progress.

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Amy and Tina are certainly the darlings of today’s comedy scene, and they are the first to note and thank the women that have come before them, who broke grounds for female entertainers everywhere. Which makes me wonder, have we changed or has society come to accept us?

Something perhaps worth noting is how humour has changed over time and our material is more competitive to that of men. For example domestic settings were key in early sitcoms like I Love Lucy. Lucille Ball played to the stereotypes of women in the 1950s, lying about her age and hair colour, being frivolous with her husband’s money and maintaining the values of the times – namely, being a good wife and mother.

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trading binario migliori siti Now we have shows like Parks and Recreation, featuring women in government who are not being made fun of because they are bad at their jobs. Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, is the perky deputy director of the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee. Hard working, intelligent and feminist with a penchant for binders and waffles with whipped cream, this show calls women on their foibles but never ridicules or patronises.

Buy generic Prednisone online This year also saw the season finale of Tina Fey’s 30 Rock which, despite a cult following for seven seasons, still struggled with TV ratings. Fey’s self-deprecating nerd humour encourages women to let go and laugh at themselves. The shows’ protagonist, Liz Lemon (Fey), is the head writer of a low rating NBC show. She burns the midnight oil, binge eats, grows a moustache and dresses up as Princess Leia every Halloween.

Köp Atarax på nätet Ängelholm (Helsingborg), Sverige On several occasions the show addresses the issues of women struggling and competing in a male-dominated entertainment industry – all examples of which were executed hilariously and tastefully without putting anyone down: a reminder to viewers that women’s ability to be funny is not up for debate.  

prelevare da iq opition We also have shows like HBO’s Girls, created by Lena Dunham, featuring four women in their twenties talking about sex, falling down, picking themselves up again and trying to figure out what life is all about. Sound familiar? It’s kind of the same recipe used to make Sex and the City in the 90s and The Golden Girls in the 80s. These shows offer insight into the lives of women, what they like and dislike, their careers and candid talk about their sexcapades.

guadagare soldi online It’s refreshing to see women in their element, making comedy for mainstream television and successful cable shows. But the best part is that is has taken women out of male-oriented sketches that saw them twirling their hair with their fingers and popping out of their tops.

indicador opções binárias gratis There is no denying the change in people’s sense of humour. As the world gets smaller, our minds become more open and society urges political correctness. Equality is certainly emphasised in everything we do, but it still doesn’t stop the haters who believe that women aren’t as funny as men. Or at all. Some argue that it is evolutionary; the ability to make a woman laugh is some kind of mating ritual. That men are not concerned with whether women can make a man laugh, she just has to look good. Apart from finding that personally repulsive, let me tell you, prospective gentlemen:  if you’re not laughing with me, I’m not doing anything with you.  

spot option demo account When it comes to humour, the women versus men divide is no longer up for debate (not that I believe it ever was). Humour is becoming more progressive, it is a really effective way of bringing people together. I’m hoping to see a lot more women shine in comedy and entertainment in general and I know a lot of other people who wish the same. Women may have got the laughs last, but we will have the last laugh.