Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Media Moment: 30 Rock

Hey guys, so I wrote my research paper on female comedians, but I figured I'd post about it on the blog too. I recently saw a 30 Rock episode that sparked my curiousity in the topic. The episode was titled "Stride of Pride" and it was about Liz Lemon trying to convince the male colleaques around her that women are funny. This has been a debate recently, that I just don't understand. We have some of the funniest female comedians ever right now! Tina Fey, Kristin Wiig, Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman, Chelsea Handler, I could go on and on. Not to mention, women have always been funny (Lucille Ball, Phyllis Diller, come on!). Are men just threatened by funny women? Even if female comedians are given the "seal of approval" by male audiences for being funny, they are criticized or their appearance, their weight, they are too loud, they are "too feminist." The 30 Rock episode also comments on the hardships of women working within the media, with Liz Lemon writing comedy surrounded by male writers. This also reflected Tina Fey's experience in writing 30 Rock.

What do you guys think: Why do a lot of men not consider women funny? Is it just different taste and experiences? Or, is it rooted in masochism and dominated of men in comedy?

1 comment:

  1. To me, Tina Fey is currently one of the smartest figures on TV. And I love this show...