How To Make Comedy Equal (AND BETTER AND MORE INTERESTING)

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How To Represent For Women In Comedy

(This is not an edict. This is a list of ideas that are up for consideration.)

Easy: Don’t judge friends and peers for their clothing, appearance, weight, or age. Don’t think they don’t deserve relationships, opportunities, or success because of how they look. If you hear other people criticizing your women friends for their appearance, defend them.

Harder: Don’t judge women you DISLIKE for their clothing, appearance, weight, or age. Don’t do it to strangers. Don’t do it to celebrities. If you hear other people criticizing women for their appearance, remind them that this is a tool of the patriarchy. Remember that the joke behind calling someone a Cougar or a MILF is the sheer absurdity that anyone over thirty could be sexually attractive to anyone when they’re all worn out and shit, and by extension that our looks are what we are worth.

Hardest: Don’t judge yourself for your appearance, weight, or age. Don’t think that you don’t deserve anything because of how you look. Don’t allow yourself to be treated badly. When you truly reach this level, you’ll see how we’ve all been getting less than we deserve.

Vote for Women

Easy: When you’re out at comedy shows, write down the names of women you find funny. Tell them that they are. Tell other people.

Harder: Book those women on your shows. (Still pretty easy!)

Hardest: Support shows with women, queer, trans, or other minority comics on the bill. Let the bookers know you appreciate the way they book their shows. If diverse shows put butts in seats, they will continue.

If woman-headlined shows put butts in seats, they will continue.

You don’t even need whole people at the show. Just butts.

Talk About Booking Women

Easy: When you’re booked on a comedy show and you see that you’re the only woman booked, ask the booker why. Offer to share with them your list of amazing women you’ve started writing down the names of from the last tip.

Harder: When you’re on a comedy festival with fewer than 20% women, ask why? Do they need your help promoting to women to submit next year?

Hardest: When you get booked on a TV show, and you’re on set and you see less than 20% women on the crew or staff, ask why? When you’re hired to write on a TV show and you notice you’re the only woman writer, ask why?

Don’t let men talk shit on other women. Especially if you’re new, you’ll hear men talk about women fucking their way onto shows, fucking their way into festivals. Reject this. Don’t let men tell you how other women are crazy. Don’t let them tell you that you’re the only chill one. They’re trying to pit us against each other so we continue to be divided and weak. Thanks doods!

So you can see that feminism is more than just really, really liking Beyoncé, but it’s not impossible. We can all represent for each other every day. And also Beyoncé.

The CK Solution

Posted Posted in comedy, Virginia Jones

INT: A COMEDY CLUB LOBBY.  A WOMAN SITS BEHIND A GLASS CASE.  IT IS FRIDAY AT 6PM. A MAN ENTERS, VISIBLY ANXIOUS. HE’S WEARING A BLACK T-SHIRT AND JEANS, LIKE A COOL GUY, ALTHOUGH HE IS CLEARLY FIFTY.

TOMMY:

Hi, I’m, uh.  Can you call..

SHE KNOWS WHO HE IS AND PRESSES A BUTTON, THEN NODS AT HIM WITH A TIGHT LIPPED SMILE. AFTER A MOMENT, ANOTHER DOOR OPENS AND A MIDDLE-AGED MAN AND A TWENTYSOMETHING MALE WALK IN.

BERT:

Tommyyyyy!  My man!

(He offers Tommy a bear hug, which is accepted)

TOMMY:

Thank you so much, man.  I really appreciate you sticking by me.

BERT:

Well, we go back, man!  Of course I want you back!  Listen, I hope you got to look at the stuff I sent- it’s just for insurance purposes

TOMMY:

Believe me, I get it.  Happy to sign off on whatever you need.  I don’t want any problems.

BERT:

That’s great to hear.  This here is Adam, he’s gonna be your, we can call him a chaperone, and he’s gonna take care of everything you need.

TOMMY:

Nice to meet you, man.

(Offers his hand.  Adam takes it and shakes it once, then releases)

ADAM:

Nice to meet you.

BERT:

You guys are gonna get along great!  And we’re gonna have a great weekend.

TOMMY:

Sounds great, man, thanks again!

BERT:

Now, Adam, don’t let this guy outta your sight!  He’s our special guy! (BERT BACKS OUT OF THE ROOM, WAVING.  A MOMENT PASSES.)

ADAM:

OK.  Let’s get started.

(ADAM produces a pair of plastic bags and slips them over TOMMY’S hands and ties his wrists together, then he takes a burlap bag and puts it over Tommy’s head.)

(ADAM con’t.)

Let’s get you to the green room.

INT: COMEDY CLUB GREEN ROOM

Adam leads Tommy to sit on a couch.  Adam sits next to him.

ADAM:

So, I don’t know how much of that thing you read, but basically I’m not supposed to let you leave my side until you’re onstage.  I will get you any food and drink you need. No alcohol, of course.

TOMMY:

No problem.  I just want to make it easy on everyone.  I wanna have great shows and prove to everyone that I can still do this.

ADAM:

Sure thing.  Let me know what I can order for you.  They’ll bring it here.

TOMMY:

I’m good for now.  So, when you take me onstage, the bag and stuff comes off?

ADAM:

(quizzically)

That stuff…doesn’t come off.

CUT TO: TOMMY ONSTAGE TO A HALF-FULL ROOM IN HIS BAGGED HEAD AND HANDS, HOLDING THE MIC STAND THROUGH QUART PLASTIC BAGS AND TRYING TO TELL JOKES

My Favorite Female-Driven 80’s Movies Set in Los Angeles With Girls in the Title

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Modern Girls

  1. With Daphne Zuniga, Virginia Madsen, Depeche Mode and Jesus and Mary Chain on the soundtrack, a great opening scene at Bullock’s on Wilshire, great shots of Melrose when it was skeevy AF, a dramatic scene at the Mulholland fountain on Riverside, a great goth bar scene, and a great role for my friend Rick Overton.

Earth Girls Are Easy

With Geena Davis and HOT JEFF GOLDBLUM HOLY SHIT, the very funny Julie Brown, ANGELYNE!, Michael Mckean, and Jesus and Mary Chain and Depeche Mode on the soundtrack. NILE ROGERS soundtrack! There’s a Dennis Quaid song on the soundtrack! Small role for Rick Overton. Deeply stupid, but not as bad as you’d think (hot Jeff Goldblum)

Valley Girls

With hot ass Nick Cage, the Plimsouls, a scene shot in what is now the Viper Room, and songs by the Sparks and Josie Cotton. A movie about punks who listen exclusively to New Wave! Sued by Frank Zappa! Two ladies who were later in Real Genius!

Rehashed Onion

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I put in for a fellowship at the Onion, and I didn’t get it, but I still think these jokes are pretty tasty!

Headlines

Remote Island Discovered Where Gnarls Barkley Still Famous

Sanjaya and Zendaya Get Married, Confusing Moms Everywhere

Area Woman Posts Selfie;  Hears From Every Man She Knows

Escape Room becomes Rage Room in Single Bad Afternoon

Instant Pot “Not Instant Enough” For Hungry Dad

Pet Turtle Has No Idea What’s Going On

Local Child Petitions City Council To Decriminalize Bed-Jumping

Wedding Planner’s Suicide Note References Mason Jars;  Edison Bulbs

Electric Scooter Rentals Now Ask That Users Wipe Blood From Display After Use

Model Sets New Bar For Body Image: Says, “You Can Be No Wider Than This Bar”

Last Geocities Flame .Gif Burns Out

Stan Lee Cause Of Death At 95 Revealed: Taken By Thanos

Time Travel: If You Know Who Hitler Is, We Don’t Have It

So-Called “MANDELA AFFECT” Explained: People Are Morons

Last Handful of Pokemon Go! Monsters Have Crossbred Into Uncatchable Mutants

Self Driving Car Service Lasted 48 Hours Before Cars Were Used As Mobile Sex Hotels

Taylor Swift Disguises Self As Giant Bird To Avoid Paparazzi

“Reduce Vet Bills By 90%” Campaign Popularizes Pet Euthanasia Services

Area Boyfriend Sure He Needs More Katanas

Local Muskrat Never Found Muskrat Love Before Dying Muskrat Death Muskrat Alone

Salman Rushdie Wows EU Summit With New Cut, Color

News Updates

Single Woman Celebrates Receipt Of One Hundredth Dick Pic

  MINNEAPOLIS, MN  “I don’t remember exactly why I started saving them,” said local woman Caroline Chalmers.  “The first couple of times I got one, I just deleted it and tried to forget about it,” she told reporters. “But then, they I got so many that it seemed like a fun game to see how many I would get, abiding by the ground rules that I never asked for them, acknowledged their receipt, or met the men sending them.”

 Sorting the images by size and color, she eventually started an x-rated Pinterest page. “Everyone likes this little fire hydrant shaped one! I don’t remember what that guy’s name was. Anyway, who knows why anyone collects anything?”

Hollywood Investors Establishing Spiderman Reboot Industry

STUDIO CITY, CA  In a tremendous investment and concentration of resources, Columbia Pictures has established a separate financial entity responsible for the planning, shooting, editing and distribution of future Spiderman reboots.

 Featuring a boutique spidey suit design house, a New York Brownstone soundstage, and most importantly, a stable of young men being groomed as future Spider-Men, executives were confident that they could front-load to deliver Spiderman reboots through the year 2030.  An open gymnasium door revealed a gaggle of identical brown-haired thirteen year olds practicing parkour before a passing white-haired executive smiled and pulled the door closed.

Gig Economy Update: Area Woman Hired To Clean Her Own House By Husband

   COLUMBUS, OH  “When the app first went off, I was really confused,” said Tina Hale, a recently laid-off cocktail waitress and new You’ve Got It Maid contractor.  “It’s supposed to find me cleaning work near my house, but the address looked like it *was* my house. I thought it was maybe a bug, so I wrote the support email.  In just a couple hours they said nope, my husband had ordered a cleaning service.” She stood in her own living room, sizing up the job. “I guess he was trying to do something nice for me,  and I guess the place got a little ragged this month, but he’s gonna pay twice to clean it what I’m gonna get paid to do it. And if he doesn’t give me five stars I’m moving out.” She then went to her closet to get her own cleaning supplies, cursing lightly under her breath as she did so.

Tips For Choosing The Right Gift

Enter their height, weight, and favorite Starburst flavor into the Amazon Gift Optimizer and let the algorithm do the rest!

Secretly collect 200 ml of their saliva to submit for DNA testing- then surprise them with a digeridoo that speaks to the aboriginal heritage they never knew they had!

Trick them into wearing a Google glass all October, then buy things their eye landed on for longer than a minute!

For Seniors: Steal prized posessions from them and give them back next Christmas, when they’re forgotten they used to have them!

Cut out one inch by one inch squares of their favorite clothing and surprise them with a cursed doll of themselves!  Great for curing headaches and making love spells!