Did You Hear the One About the Female Comedians?
These days, the old cliché that women aren’t funny sounds pretty ludicrous. We are in an age of hugely popular female comics: Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman, Amy Schumer, among many others. Yet male comedians still dominate the comedy circuit, book the talent, and make more money making jokes. Some female comedians have also started to speak out about sexual harassment and abuse within this largely male world. Is the comedy scene unwelcoming to women? Are there topics male comedians shouldn’t make jokes about, like rape? If so, what else is off limits? What’s funny and not so funny about being a funny lady? We hear from Megan Wills, co-founder of the Charm City Comedy Project and the Charm City Comedy Festival in Baltimore; Jessica Henkin, performer with BIG, the Baltimore Improv Group; and Meshelle, the Indie-Mom of Comedy, stand-up comedian. (Meshelle's new album, Funny as a Mother..., is available on iTunes.)