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In a recent interview with the New York Post, comedian and former “Love Line” co-host Adam Carolla was frank about his feelings on women in comedy. To put it briefly—and politely—the man doesn't find women funny. And with that said, He joins the esteemed company of Jerry Lewis, and I don't know, a bunch of other people who are tragically misinformed. You go, Adam. Here is an excerpt of the interview:
The lesson you learned from a sexual harassment seminar was “Don’t hire chicks.” Do you hate working with women?
No. But they make you hire a certain number of chicks, and they’re always the least funny on the writing staff. The reason why you know more funny dudes than funny chicks is that dudes are funnier than chicks. If my daughter has a mediocre sense of humor, I’m just gonna tell her, “Be a staff writer for a sitcom. Because they’ll have to hire you, they can’t really fire you, and you don’t have to produce that much. It’ll be awesome.”
The “are women funny” debate has grown very contentious. You’re not worried about reactions to this?
I don’t care. When you’re picking a basketball team, you’ll take the brother over the guy with the yarmulke. Why? Because you’re playing the odds. When it comes to comedy, of course there’s Sarah Silverman, Tina Fey, Kathy Griffin — super-funny chicks. But if you’re playing the odds? No.
If Joy Behar or Sherri Shepherd was a dude, they’d be off TV. They’re not funny enough for dudes. What if Roseanne Barr was a dude? Think we’d know who she was? Honestly.
Yep, so here we have it folks: 1) Women are only hired in writers' rooms to fill invisible quotas, 2) We demand more out of funny men (thus Shepard and Behar being “safe” because they're women) and 3) Jews should just stop playing basketball already. His reasoning is almost funny, but like Carolla himself, not quite funny enough. From what I know of The View, it's a talk show, not a yuk-heavy comedy, despite the presence of Elizabeth Hasselbeck. He points to obvious “accepted” funny women, like Tina Fey and Sarah Silverman, but I guess an alumni from dude-bro-heavy The Man Show, where women were referred to as “juggies”, is pretty limited in his view on the opposite sex. I mean, The Man Show was basically assembled out of lazy jokes about how men like beer and women like baking. Everyone likes baking! Who doesn't like delicious cookies and cake and what not? C'mon.
In an age where women are show-running hit comedies and are able to play more roles than just “hot girlfriend/wife”, Carolla's perspective is a sad reminder that yes, some people still find women only suitable to jump on trampolines for some upskirt action. Yes, that is another staple of the “beloved”The Man Show. I would post a clip, but that would be very unkind to those who stumble across this little article, considering that show just killed at killing brain cells. Carolla has recently put out a new book, Not Taco Bell Material. Sadly, the book is sadly mistaken—Carolla and his sad worldview is totally Taco Bell material. Whatever that means.