Sorry, Fellas, You’re Not That Funny


Plenty of people, from Christopher Hitchens to Adam Carolla, have made the assertion that women aren’t funny.

You can probably guess that we at the Rumpus disagree, since we have a whole feature devoted to Funny Women (plus we live in the real world, rather than Misogynist Fantasyland, where women have never, ever rejected Christopher Hitchens or Adam Carolla, and always laugh at their jokes).

Siding with us is Paul Feig, one of the minds behind cherished comedies like Freaks and Geeks and Bridesmaids, whose new guest column for The Hollywood Reporter is a must-read:

Men are genetically programmed to hunt and gather….so it’s only logical that their brains would need to possess lower humor standards in order to pass the hours entertainingly with their cohorts while stalking that night’s dinner or standing guard against the enemy.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →