FUNNY - HAGS EP 014

Are Women Funny? ARE THEY?? This week we discuss the history of women in American comedy, humor as a method of de-escalation, and Lucille Ball’s pregnancy pants.

Here are some things we reference in this episode:

Can Men Be Funny?:

Women Comedians Ask, Can Men Be Funny?

Women Comedians Ask, Can Men Be Funny? "If God had wanted men to be funny, he probably wouldn't have created woman, so there's that," says Allison Janney, joined by Kate McKinnon and other funny women in a table-turning video.

'We Killed,' Women in American Comedy, by Yael Kohen:

'We Killed,' Women in American Comedy, by Yael Kohen

The oral history is a dicey format, especially when it comes to comedy. Performers famed for their hilarious writing or delivery may not sound the least bit funny when talking about the creation myths behind their own careers.

Why Women Aren't Funny:

Why Women Aren't Funny

What makes the female so much deadlier than the male? With assists from Fran Lebowitz, Nora Ephron, and a recent Stanford-medical-school study, the author investigates the reasons for the humor gap.From the John Springer Collection/Corbis.

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