Friday Round Up: Women Who Make Us Laugh

by Gloria Feldt on July 29th, 2011
in 9 Ways Blog, Gender, Inspiration, Leadership, No Excuses and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Woman LaughingThis week, I’ve been preparing to emcee the National Women’s Political Caucus “Good Guys” Gala at the Caucus’s 40th anniversary convention. Emcees are supposed to be somewhat humorous, and I got to thinking about how some people (remember when the curmudgeonly Christopher Hitchens lobbed the idea in Vanity Fair?) like to say women aren’t funny. Especially feminists. So this week’s Friday Round Up is devoted to women who make us laugh.

Tina Fey, for example–I haven’t read Bossypants yet, but here’s a good piece that summarizes her contributions

Bridesmaids, written and starring Kristin Wiig, has some male-ish crude barf and fart humor, but enough people thought it was funny that it rocked the box office.

I saw this tweet from  @lizzypilcher:

“When a male comic says “women aren’t funny” it really means ‘I hit on a female comic and she wouldn’t sleep with me.'”

Do you agree? It sure made me laugh. I’m pretty sure that’s part of Rush Limbaugh’s problem with women.

I had the pleasure and challenge of appearing on Kay Ballard’s “Women are Not Funny” radio show, discussing the lighter side of No Excuses.  I love it when she says “We must put our contradictions into action.”

 Comic Kathleen Madigan has been doing stand-up for 22 years and she is still packing ’em in and making ’em laugh.  With her new Showtime special, Gone Madigan, she has the entire year booked including her second Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s USO Holiday Tour of Iraq and Afghanistan, sharing the stage with such comedy headliners as Robin Williams and Lewis Black.

Women Laughing

And finally a big shout out to the fabulous stand up comic Cory Kahaney  who was generous enough to help me out with a few funny lines for my NWPC remarks. I’ll let you know next week how they went over 🙂

Gloria Feldt

Gloria Feldt is the author of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power. Buy the book here. Engage Gloria for a Speech or Workshop. Tweet @GloriaFeldt and connect on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ Gloria is the co-founder (with Amy Litzenberger) of Take the Lead, a new initiative to prepare and propel women to leadership parity by 2025. Find them @takeleadwomen and on Facebook.

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