Many people have heard the sentiment that women are not funny, or at least not as funny as men. In the comedy industry, it seems that this is true, with male comedians far outnumbering female comedians. Some would even go as far as saying that men are more humorous because of evolution and their greater need to attract a mate. With female comedians like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, however, this opinion of women is changing.

 

In comedy movies, women often take on a trivial or static role, and their actions usually revolve around a man. One of the most popular comedy flicks in recent years, however, was “Bridesmaids” starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, and a mostly female cast. Wiig and Rudolph are some of comedy’s finest acts, along with Fey, Poehler and others. These women are breaking the established stereotype and proving that women can be just as funny (and some would say even funnier) as their male counterparts. These women of comedy are setting the tone and establishing greater opportunities for women.

 

Amy Schumer from “Inside Amy Schumer” (splitsider.com)

Aside from the comedians above, who mostly gained popularity from “SNL” and other ventures, Sarah Silverman and Amy Schumer are prominent female comics as well. Silverman and Schumer both had shows on Comedy Central that featured hilarious, but often crude, jokes and antics. Schumer’s show, titled “Inside Amy Schumer,” has boasted higher ratings than two other new Comedy Central shows, “The Jeselnik Offensive” and “Kroll Show,” which both feature male comedians.

 

“Inside Amy Schumer” is a show that takes what women think and experience, and brings humor to it. When speaking about the humor of her show Schumer expressed her desire to help women to laugh at the different life situations that all women can relate to. She believes her comedy can empower women saying, “Women, especially, I want to feel nurtured. I feel like I have the capability to help some women feel empowered and a little more liberated.”

 

These women are proving that women are funny and have the power to make both men and women laugh. The trend of women in comedy with dynamic roles is increasing. Hopefully, this trend will continue, and these ladies of comedy will bring us laughs for many more years to come.

 

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