Letterman's Woman Problem: It's Not Us, It's Him

David Letterman will be leaving late night television soon, which prompted the Paley Center to organize a conversation with the writers of his show this weekend. During the discussion, head writer Matt Roberts tried to explain why The Late Show's writers room has historically been chock full of white men. He couldn't… » 11/10/14 3:50pm 11/10/14 3:50pm

Lizzy Caplan Gives Men the 'Are Women Funny?' Treatment

It's hard to be a man in comedy. Imagine it! So many people accusing you of using your looks and sexuality to get ahead, so many think pieces written on how evolution has left you unable to make a good joke and so many people dismissing you outright, simply because "men aren't funny. They're just not." Well,… » 6/18/14 5:30pm 6/18/14 5:30pm

Amber Ruffin Speaks About Being 'The First Black Female Anything'

When Amber Ruffin was first hired to write for Late Night with Seth Meyers, Jezebel reported that she was the first black woman to write for a network late night show ever. That was news to Ruffin: as she told WNYC's Arun Venugopal this week, it never occurred to her that she'd be "the first black female anything." » 4/11/14 12:45pm 4/11/14 12:45pm

Cosmo Celebrates Women of SNL by Dressing Them in Expensive Pajamas

This month's issue of Cosmopolitan devotes a sizable amount of ink to Q&A's with the women of SNL, complete with a photo spread of the comedians at a fake girly slumber party wearing girly pjs that cost more than most semi-successful comedians get paid to headline a half hour set. As with everything of or related to… » 4/09/14 5:00pm 4/09/14 5:00pm

Kickass Ratings Show Amy Schumer Brings All the Boys to the Yard

On Tuesday, the second season of Inside Amy Schumer debuted on Comedy Central. Sketches tackled such fourth-wave feminist pet topics as the way male audiences objectify female comedians, avoidance of STD's, and the sexualization of female athletes. And it attracted a bigger audience of males from 18-34 than any other… » 4/03/14 4:40pm 4/03/14 4:40pm

Tig Notaro's Breasts Were Unsatisfied, So They Tried to Kill Her

Tig Notaro is one of the driest comedians out there. She's also one of the bravest, able to make fun of everything life's thrown at her. For Notaro, that means cracking jokes about surviving breast cancer and enduring a double mastectomy, all right after her mother died and her girlfriend told her to kick rocks. But… » 4/01/14 5:50pm 4/01/14 5:50pm

'Bad Boy' Shares Brilliant Observations About Women on The View

While I'm not particularly familiar with self-described "Bad Boy"/author Steve Santagati, he's apparently famous enough to have warranted a spot as a guest host on The View Friday. Santagati used his platform to expound on whether women are funny and to tell Susan Sarandon how miraculously hot she is for someone of… » 3/07/14 4:30pm 3/07/14 4:30pm

Late Night TV Gets a Clue: The End of All-White Male Writers' Rooms

When NBC announced last May that their next late night host would be Seth Meyers, reaction ranged from Yay, I love him to Meh to Great, another white guy. While Meyers looks like most everyone who has hosted before him, the next generation of late night hosts are quietly ushering in diversity. We just don't see it… » 2/24/14 2:30pm 2/24/14 2:30pm

BBC Bans All-Male Panel Shows, But Will That Help Female Comedians?

If there's two things we know for certain about the British, it's A.) that they're bad at keeping America and B.) that they love love love their comedy panel shows. While the medium of television has struggled to find its footing in the U.S. since the 1970s, TV series featuring panels of celebrities competing in… » 2/10/14 7:00pm 2/10/14 7:00pm

Casting Director Reveals the Depressing Way Hollywood Sees Women

Fast Company has a profile on Allison Jones, the woman behind the idiosyncratic casting behind all of those Michael Shur shows and Judd Apatow movies. If you haven't heard of her before, she's the one responsible for finding McLovin' for Superbad, and more recently getting Timothy Simons a regular role on Veep as… » 1/27/14 7:15pm 1/27/14 7:15pm

Meet the First Black Woman to Write for a Network Late Night Show

This week, news broke that Amber Ruffin would be joining Seth Meyers' writing team for his new edition of Late Night, premiering at the end of February. One noteworthy detail that didn't get noticed: Ruffin is the first black woman to write for a network late night talk show. In fact – though it's hard to write all… » 1/10/14 11:00am 1/10/14 11:00am

'Feeling Black All the Time' Stresses Jessica Williams Out

In light of all the hubbub and hullabaloo around the addition three black women to SNL — two writers and one cast member — folks have been reaching out to The Daily Show's fantastic Jessica Williams to get her thoughts on her life and career as a black women in comedy. And, per usual, Williams' two cents are solid… » 1/09/14 5:15pm 1/09/14 5:15pm

The Harvard Lampoon Gets Its First Black Female President

Harvard University's famous undergraduate humor publication The Harvard Lampoon has some exciting news: Alexis Wilkinson will be the publication's first black president, as well as its first black female president, and with Vice President Ellie Parker, the pair will be the first set of women running the Lampoon. » 12/18/13 8:00pm 12/18/13 8:00pm