I know you’re not prepared to read an article produced by whichever keys are hit hardest every time my head hits the keyboard. So let’s begin instead note the observation Fox News makes that Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Ricky Gervais have recently “lost the jiggles but not the giggles.” It’s a truth Fox notes we’re comfortable with; funny men can be fat, thin, ugly or handsome. We can handle it all because they’re so funny. Rogen, Hill and Gervais lost weight but they’re still the same people inside and can still make (some) of us laugh.
Anna Faris, Mila Kunis and Olivia Munn are praised for being both comically and physically pleasing. VH1’s Carrie Keagan is lauded as the latest addition to this New Trend. Keagan says; “At the end of the day, funny is funny, and the antiquated boys’ club mentality is sooo last year’s Prada.” Well thanks for smashing that stereotype Carrie.
The article acknowledges the debt Keagan et al owe to funny women before her, citing Jennifer Aniston and Jane Krakowski as ladies who have “transformed themselves in recent years from somewhat awkward to stylish sex symbols.”
OK Fox News, Ally Mcbeal might be but a fuzzy memory but you can’t just rewrite FRIENDS! At NO point do I recall Rachel Green being referred to as ‘The Awkward One’. In Ally Mcbeal, Elaine was the sexy character! Neither were awkward. I can only assume this point was made to crowbar in the expert opinion you have from an ‘Entertainment Expert’ (I don’t need to know what one of those is to know it requires quote marks) Patrick Wanis. According to Wanis, “For women, frump isn’t funny any longer. The new female comedian has to be the sexual aggressor, sexually provocative, dominant and successful."
That’s just another profession in Hollywood where women have to tick the sexy box. There’s room for male comics in all shapes and forms. But since the discovery you can be attractive and make jokes AND be female, well, WHY are we still bothering with any other form a female entertainer might take?
In fact, “Wanis also says funny women who aren't all that sexy may struggle in the new comedy landscape.” You could be the most hilarious woman in the world, you could be creating a whole new form of comedy. But Fox News and ‘Entertainment Expert’ Wanis are here to inform you, if you aren’t hot audiences will have no choice but to turn away and say... ‘munter.’