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Not Enough Comedy Roles For Women, Exhibit Infinity


I complained that the Hollywood Reporter‘s comedy roundtable was men-only, but it turned out that that that was just the first part of a two-part series, and part two is a roundtable for women in TV comedy.

However, the lineup in this second roundtable still emphasizes the fact that there are not enough good comic roles for women on TV. Of the actresses gathered to talk about comedy, two are not actually on comedies (Jane Lynch on Glee and Felicity Huffman on Desperate Housewives are funny, but they’re being funny on one-hour dramas that pretend to be comedies for Emmy purposes). One, Wanda Sykes, was on a show that just got canceled. Two shows, actually, since her talk show got canceled too. But Old Christine was canceled in part because, as a comedy about women, it didn’t fit into the network’s very male-heavy comedy lineup. Then you’ve got Sofia Vergara, who is on a comedy but isn’t funny. Well, okay, that’s just my opinion. That leaves Courteney Cox and Patricia Heaton, who are both genuinely funny and genuine stars, though their shows are not doing as well as the more guy-centred Modern Family.

I know, it’s not as bad as it sounds, because there are some women who have their own comedy shows (albeit not high-rated ones) but THR couldn’t get — namely, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. (Or “Foehler” for short.) Still, it’s not a time of great opportunities for funny women on TV.

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Not Enough Comedy Roles For Women, Exhibit Infinity

  1. you're an idiot. sofia vergara is hilarious and she shines on modern family. she IS naturally funny. just watch any interview that has done. and courtney cox and patricia heaton's shows suck. courtney cox is not funny at all. she hasn't been funny since friends, and even then it's the writing that was funny, not her.

  2. I don't know, I think Modern Family is quite a good mix of both male and female humour. I mean Claire and Gloria have what I think could be considered very underrated comedic roles in the show. Although occasionally they seem to just be pawns for their significant others' joke, in the end, the women often have the final zinger.