Can women be funny?

Interesting that Youtube, run by a woman, should, in 2018, recommend a ten year old video from Vanity Fair, run by a woman, featuring Hitchens C, known for his support for women through his life and yet it denies women are funny.

Women can certainly laugh and enjoy humour, they can do things all the time which are funny and endearing, they most certainly ‘get’ irony, they can make wry observations, they can learn and retell a joke … but there’s one factor that Hitchens C did not mention.

Humour is a two way street. To appreciate humour, to laugh, you must be at ease with the comedian and that’s difficult with women, especially the types of leftists who present themselves as comediennes.

Look int a woman’s eyes and they are unerringly calculating, they know what they want and how they want it, they are on the lookout for any threats of non-appreciation. They also have girl pals they really need to laugh with all the time, chew the fat, but it’s always based on, for example, someone wanting to be something and failing, of late, it’s about human body parts and functions, there’s ever an element of cruel dismissal in there.

I saw this years ago with Pam Ayres, a much loved comedienne with the older set but when you looked at her jokes, actually explored them, they were almost all anti-husband, anti-men. There was always this underlying element of ‘hitting back’.

Women are always concerned with image, how they’re perceived, they want it to be a certain way, just so, and woe betide someone who threatens that. How many men have cracked a joke in front of their beloved, there’s an awkward silence and she asks, quietly, “Just what did you mean by that?”

Now let’s say her night job is comedienne, she has some great material, she delivers it, but the memory of that menacing “just what did you mean by that” still lingers, it kills ‘funny’. You’re always either on edge with a woman, fearful of offending … or else you don’t care at all.

There’s a word here which has not yet been mentioned – self-deprecating. A person who can laugh at him or herself may just make a comedian, one who can’t … can’t.

Too many modern men are not funny either, they’re vicious little muvvers, e.g. Jimmy Carr. Talentless too. Whatever their jokes, they’ll not get a laugh from me.

One from the past I never, ever found funny was Chevy Chase. He once went on the Dame Edna show and stopped Humphries, asking if someone could get a word in edgeways, he was serious too – it was cringeworthy.

You can imagine the smile playing on the corners of Dame Edna’s lips when ‘she’ heard that. ‘She’ did the same with Trinny and Susannah but those two were not trying to be funny, the former was being the arch-bitch – somehow she sees that as a noble aim. The reason Edna got stuck into Woodall was the latter’s own ego, own viciousness and the bossing about of the dowdy Susannah.

So maybe the question of women being funny is a combination of all of the above, including what Hitchens C said in the clip about women not ‘needing’ to be funny.

There’s something in that – thinking of Debbie above, is it her humour you love her for? Her blonde hair? Her cuteness? The hope for a bonk or that her fluttering eyelids will be turned your way? What?

So, you’ve just seen/read the opinion of two men on women being funny – time to conclude with a woman on the subject but before that, a woman who really was funny … but for the wrong reasons.

It was a girl in her 20s, a video clip saying that women can be funny. Pretty girl. She started calmly but after a few points, was decidedly getting edgy and just before I clicked out, she was almost shouting at the camera that it’s so unfair to women, that they are funny, they are, they are.

She may have been justified in her points … but she warnt funny. The funny thing was what she was trying to do and how it was coming out.

Anyway, here’s this lady, listen up, you lot:

15 comments for “Can women be funny?

  1. December 6, 2018 at 12:01

    I went back and looked at Diana’s video at the end of the post and she was impressive. Not funny, but then she showed the clip at the end, of the unamused audience, and that was funny. Great sense of irony.

    She illustrates something I’ve found with women – the ability of some, in a feminine way, to analyse and be unerringly right in that analysis.

    Trouble is, there is also the Ocasio-Cortez type who are on about climate change leading to fascism. It’s almost as if the brains are doled out to a certain percentage of women and the rest are varying degrees of nutter and bimbo.

    The trick, of course, is to be able to find and align with the sane and good women. To promote them. And I’m not being funny.

  2. Mark Matis
    December 6, 2018 at 12:23

    I would posit that Ms. Robertson can be funny:

  3. Distant Relative
    December 6, 2018 at 12:31

    With O-C when she was in the queue for Brains she thought they said Drains and had hers flushed out.

  4. December 6, 2018 at 12:41

    I had a Labrador a while ago. Bought her as a pup and raised her. She was the most stunningly beautiful dog one can imagine. She was what was meant by ‘Blond’. I named her Debbie. Of course.

    She was funny. Joyous even.

  5. December 6, 2018 at 12:48

    Mark – ah well, southern gal, that explains it.

    DR – you should be doing a standup routine yourself.

    Amfortas – awww, that brings a tear to my eye.

    • Mark Matis
      December 6, 2018 at 13:45

      Well, Janet Reno was also a “southern gal”, but…

      • December 6, 2018 at 13:59

        Well that’s where this theory falls to the ground I suppose.

        Anyway, we can’t really equate Florida with the south – I mean, they stole most of the Alabama and a bit of the Georgia coastline for a start, then there was the little matter of Miami-Dade in the Bush-Gore fest and look at Snipes now, still stealing votes.

        We won’t mention the little matter of five policemen, nor mention Waco or Oklahoma.

        • Mark Matis
          December 6, 2018 at 15:36

          Actually, the Bush-Gore fest was Palm Beach County under Theresa LePore. But I do admit that Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties have turned into shitholes every bit as foul as the Big Craphole. And mostly because many of the residents of those counties moved there from Yankee shitholes.

  6. dearieme
    December 6, 2018 at 14:57

    Of course women can be funny. Watch a few episodes of the Vicar of Dibley. The ensemble cast is good stuff; they’re all funny, including the women.

    The lead, of course, is leadenly unfunny, and she’s a woman too. So maybe it’s a matter of proportions, eh?

    • December 6, 2018 at 15:04

      Says it all.

    • Mudplugger
      December 6, 2018 at 15:18

      Written by men, of course (Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer), hand-crafting all the creative situations and sharp humour – all the girlies had to do was deliver the lines they’d been gifted.

      • dearieme
        December 6, 2018 at 23:45

        You miss the point. The actresses in the minor parts delivered their lines in a funny way. The lead failed to.

    • Distant Relative
      December 6, 2018 at 15:51

      The lead, of course, is leadenly unfunny, and she’s a woman too. So maybe it’s a matter of proportions, eh?

      The lead being a fatter portion than the other women on the show.

      • dearieme
        December 6, 2018 at 23:45

        Thank you – it’s always a delight to have my jokes explained to me.

  7. Wolfie
    December 7, 2018 at 00:17

    My eldest is extremely dry and witty. Has the boys in her school enthralled.

    Generally, this is correct, but exceptions abound.

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