Can Women be Stand-up Comedians?

Are Women Funny?

It’s a tired old question, almost like the old inane question of why aren’t there more female scientists?  The answer to both is, of course there they are, of course there is. The idea that masculinity naturally equals to hilarity, is like saying femininity naturally equates to great cooking skills.

SPOILER ALERT! Women don’t come out of the womb knowing how to make you a sandwich, despite what internet memes have been telling you.

Lately the whole women aren’t funny debate has been concerning me on a personal level. There’s a student stand-up competition going on later next month and I’ve been thinking maybe I should enter it. I mean, my friends think I’m funny, and sometimes when my boyfriend sees my overgrown lady garden he has a good chuckle – I think I could be a contender.

However, part of me is put off, but why?

Half of me reasons that it’s because I have NO SKILLS IN PUBLIC SPEAKING! Every time an opportunity presents itself for speaking in public, or in any group of people I don’t know personally, I always imagine I’m going to knock their socks off with my killer jokes (the punch line is always – VAGINA!) and in the end just stare at my feet mumbling business buzz words – ….Go….Get…Energised?

Yet, then as a feminist I think, do I genuinely think I can’t do this, or have I simply become a victim of the patriarchy? Most the big comedians are men, most of comics on comedic panel shows are men, and then you even have other so-called feminists admitting that women can’t do stand-up. I mean, even if I was a stand-up whiz kid, this isn’t exactly an encouraging environment.

But as I said at the start, women are funny. And I’m not just talking about in the blogosphere – because this blog is basically prove in itself, it’s HILARIOUS! Have you seen my .gifs? But women can be excellent stand-up comedians. And in the name of building myself up to submit my application, I’m going to share with you some of the funniest stand-up comedians with vaginas.

This, of course, doesn’t help with my public speaking phobia, but baby steps….

Mae Martin

Felicity Ward

Celia Pacquola

Dana Alexander

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