Nothing makes me roll my eyes harder than seeing talented, respected female comedians getting asked the same boring (and vaguely condescending) question in every single interview: What do you have to say to people who think women aren’t as funny as men?
Not only have women been hilarious since the dawn on time, but anyone who watches Saturday Night Live can tell you that the ladies have been running the show for the last decade. The current female cast has a spread in the May 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan, and most of them get the chance to address that age-old Boys vs Girls question. When asked ‘R girls funny or not lol,’ Aidy Bryant had this to say:
All you need to do is watch Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig, or any of the girls in the cast right now. You’re a damn fool if you think girls can’t hang with guys on the funny front.
It makes me cringe when successful female writers are put in the awkward position of having to list other women who “prove” that our gender is capable of something, but Amy, Tina, and Kristen are definitely worth mentioning here.
Next, Nasim Pedrad was asked if she “feel[s] a responsibility to raise the bar for women in comedy,” and her response was majorly badass:
I’d like to think that we are past the point of debate over how funny women can be. I feel a responsibility to make sure there are things on the show that represent what women are thinking. I can probably write a more accurate birth control parody than a guy.
Seriously. The women of SNL aren’t there to fill a quota or play the background characters and girlfriends. Have you noticed that half the human population is made up of women? And that they find things funny? Things that women are more qualified to write about than men? Shocking stuff.
Newcomer Noel Wells also gave a rock-hard response to the same question, proving that she’s definitely sharp enough to be sticking around Studio 8H for a long time:
My opinion is that there is one in a thousand people who thinks [women aren't funny] and 999 people know better. It’s not even worth addressing. One person can think the president is a lizard, but do you engage that person? I don’t think it’s worth it.
Hell yeah. I’m glad that such quick and smart women are being given a platform from which to put that stupid question to rest. Ladies in comedy aren’t going anywhere but up, and it’s awesome that we have this stellar SNL cast to lead us.
Via Cosmopolitan / Photos: NBC’s Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock