Before thanel, Lena Duhnam and Mindy Kaling landing New Girl, Girls, and The Mindy Project, respectively, Vanity Fair brought attention to this: “Who Says Women Aren’t Funny?” With Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Sarah Silverman on the cover, Sandra Bernhard, Leslie Mann, Susie Essman, Amy Sedaris, Jenna Fischer, Wanda Sykes, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, and Chelsea Handler all became the subject of exploring whether women are funny or not. The simply answer is yes. But, the better question is why ask that?
In a world dominated by men, women have always had to fight to prove they are equally funny as men. And at times even funnier. Thanks to pioneers like Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, Whoopi Goldberg, Roseanne, Ellen Degeneres and Lily Tomlin in comedy, this new wave of funny females has surpassed being funny. Comedic gems, fearless, and pretty in their own right, these women featured in Vanity Fair’s 2008 article, have allowed themselves to be funny without boundaries. From Susie Essman’s crash, loud Susie Green to Amy Sedaris’ adult-child-washed-up-ex-convict Jerri Blank to Tina Fey’s neurotic Liz Lemon, these ladies are here to stay in a still heavily male presence world of comedy. They’re humor is smart, witty, and clever at it’s worse; at it’s best, satirical, raunchy, physical and dark.
Luckily, four years later, most of the aforementioned women are still around breaking down barriers for femmes in comedy while comically outperforming themselves. And isn’t that funny?