This documentary, created by comedian Bonnie McFarlane examines the idea that there are people that consider women comedians to genuinely not be funny, at all. Ironically, most of the people that feel this way are the male comedians that work in the same circles. I’ve actually heard of this mentality before seeing this film so it was interesting to see the interviews with the guys that feel this way…
Rich Vos, another well known stand-up (and Bonnie’s husband) serves as a writer, executive producer and guest of the doc. At times he’s very supportive of Bonnie during the process and then at other times, he’s kind of a dick. He sticks himself in the background of some of the interviews she conducts, disrupting the interview in the process, and at some points acts like a negative ass towards his wife and her methods. I’m always surprised to see this mentality in that I can’t believe it still exists. Men can still be idiotic cavemen and unfortunately Vos embodies that sentiment at various points throughout. The bottom line, Vos becomes an annoyance when he’s trying to do whatever he’s trying to do in terms of trying to be funny or charming or maybe he’s just a camera-hog. Whatever his motivations, he’s proving men to not be so damn funny.
Speaking of the men behaving like jackasses – some of the interviews show just that. Adam Corolla’s interview is an example of a guy who thinks he’s hysterical and that women just are not funny at all. When confronted with comments he’s made along those lines, he back-peddles and claims the interview he was part of was taken out of context, which is not true. There are other males who share the same ridiculous ideal who are interviewed. Some try to dance around the subject and others admit to it but can never give a solid reason why they feel that way. Chris Rock is featured having a moment here as well when he freezes a bit at the idea of women being funny. Hmmm, jealous much fellas?
The industry is examined as well as interviews are conducted with club owners too. The complaint is that there aren’t many female comedians getting booked into clubs so it makes it appear that there aren’t any funny women. The fact is, that there aren’t as many female comedians compared to the number of males which is why there aren’t as many women getting booked. But how this translates into “women aren’t funny” is beyond me. You have to give Bonnie credit for tackling such an absurd mentality in what I’m sure is a very frustrating world dominated by dumb-ass males.
To counter the stupidity of the males that say that there are no funny women, I’m listing SOME of my favorite female comedians, most of which are interviewed, featured or mentioned in Women Aren’t Funny: Aisha Tyler, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Ellen Degeneres, Lisa Lampanelli, Maria Bamford, Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, Tammy Pescatelli, Chelsea Handler, Rita Rudner, Sarah Silverman, Whitney Cummings, Kristen Wiig, Tina Fey, Lucille Ball, Lily Tomlin, Kristen Schaal, Gilda Radner, Maya Rudolph, Sasheer Zamata, Amy Poehler, and Margaret Cho to name just a few for the morons who think that women aren’t funny.
Overall, while the doc suffers at times from some lame moments here and there (mostly due to the males I might add), it’s a film worth seeing for the moments that are funny and for exposing a mentality that really needs to change…
reviewed by Sean McKnight