There’s been a shift happening in the world of comedy over the last 15 years. It’s actually been happening for many more decades, but until recently this shift has become undeniable and obvious. Following in the footsteps of their female ancestral comediennes like Betty White, Bea Arthur, Carol Burnett, and countless others, a small group of women began breaking through the male-dominated world of comedy. Americans got to witness this firsthand on Saturday Night Live, and names like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and now Kristen Wiig have become just as familiar as ‘Bill,’ ‘Eddie’ or ‘Will’ (Murray, Murphy and Ferrell, resp.).
Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo were featured today on “The Business,” a radio talk show about the biz on LA’s local KCRW. It’s a great show and definitely worth sharing and listening. What I appreciated the most is Kristen and Annie’s perspectives about women in comedy, and how their film “Bridesmaids” wasn’t written to deliberately attract a more male audience through its raunchy comedy. Rather, they both wrote it because they based it on the funny women they both personally know and work with, and laugh at.
Hearing Kristen and Annie on today’s show reminded me of a girls-trip I took years ago, that was anything but girly… And it reminded me that classy, beautiful and strong women can be just as funny, if not funnier, than their male counterparts. Bravo to these beautiful, delightful, unapologetic, talented and inspiring modern women!!