Funny Girls

So what does Jeze-crush Lily Tomlin think about Christopher Hitchens' insistence that women can't be funny? "He's not the first to say that. There was a big fracas about Jerry Lewis doing it, too. That's been going on since the beginning of comedy. Here's one of my favorite stories from back in the early '60s, when I was working at the New York cabaret Upstairs at the Downstairs. Backstage in the dressing room, this actress who played the beautiful ingenue had me doubled over with her stories. So funny. She could make her hair expand by her own will. When I asked her why she didn't put it into her acting, she said, 'I wouldn't want anyone to think I was unattractive.' That was the thing, you couldn't be both funny and pretty." [Minneapolis Star-Tribune]