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Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

Last night, I went to see Snow White and the Huntsman. Apart from all of the obvious criticisms that many others have already made (for example, the eery similarity of many scenes to other epic/magical films), one of the issues that stood out most for me was the silencing of Snow White. When the previews [...]

Congress 2012, the National Post, and the fallout…

My conference paper, “Single, Awkward, Female: Debra DiGiovanni and the rise of the female stand-up comic in Canadian popular culture”, was picked up by the National Post to be covered as part of their “Oh the Humanities” section featuring work presented at Congress 2012. This research discusses the success and visibility of DiGiovanni in Canadian [...]

Deviant Bodies, Revolt! | Congress 2012 of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Deviant Bodies, Revolt! | Congress 2012 of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Check out the coverage of my panel at Congress last weekend. My paper argued that female comedians use self-deprecation as a performative strategy to gain entry into an industry that remains male-dominated, as well as gaining acceptance from audiences that continue to be [...]

DiGiovanni Storming the Boys Club

Released earlier this year, Debra DiGiovanni’s comedy special Single, Awkward, Female (entertainmentone, 2012) brings together all of her best diet, cat lady, and cougar jokes. “I found a much better way to lose weight. I am crossing my fingers and hoping to get a parasite. A tapeworm is like a metabolism buddy – you sit [...]

The Oscars’ woman problem –

  The Oscars’ woman problem –   This recent article from decries the absence of women in positions of power in Hollywood. In fact, author Michael Barthel notes that in this year’s best picture category, “there are as many movies about women as there are movies about horses.” The most disturbing trend that [...]

Letterman Comedy Talent Booker Not a Fan of Female Comics

The talent booker for Letterman, Eddie Brill, has reportedly been let go amid controversy stemming from statements made in a New York Times profile. Brill claimed, “there are alot less female comics who are authentic. I see alot of female comics who to please an audience will act like men.” Not surprisingly, The Late Show [...]

Kate Taylor (Globe and Mail) reports that TV’s writer’s rooms are as male dominated as ever

In recent years, the success of female writers/comedians such as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler has led to much praise about the changing fortunes of women working in the entertainment industry. However, in an article published in The Globe and Mail, Kate Taylor asks, “If women are so hot on TV this fall, why are [...]

“Comediennes” on FOD

Well it has been a while since I posted anything. I’ve been busy trying to finish up my dissertation. The good news is the end northwestern states cement routing code is in sight! In the meantime, a friend sent me a funny clip from Funny or Die the other day. A Day in the Life of [...]

You can have a sense of humour, but please don’t be funny…

Check out this story from The Independent offering yet another discussion of why women aren’t, or ought not to be, funny. A recent study has found that when looking for a partner, men value women who are receptive to humour, but don’t want a woman that cracks jokes. In fact being funny is a turn-off [...]

The funny woman paradox

A recent article published in the Globe and Mail has once again brought the issue of women’s humour under scrutiny. In “Why women aren’t as funny as men: Maybe it’s our material,” columnist Leah Mclaren—a funny woman herself—asks if perhaps there is some truth to Christopher Hitchen’s controversial argument that women lack a funny bone. [...]

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