Men Are Funnier Than Women? Don't Make Me Laugh!

tina feySeems like some gender stereotypes just refuse to die. Actually, I'm afraid MOST gender stereotypes refuse to die, no matter how much evidence mounts to the contrary. Perfect example: The prevailing myth that men are funnier than women, recently "proven" by a study which showed that men are more likely to make people laugh ... by 0.11%.

Ha. Ha. Ha.

Clearly the ability to be funny is one of those qualities in a woman that intimidates men, like oh, I don't know, intelligence or strength or anything else useful.

I'm not saying there aren't differences between male and female comedians. Of course there are.

Just ask Tina Fey, who summed up the differences thusly ...

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 The difference between male comedy writers and female comedy writers is that the male ones are taller and weigh more. They also fake-rape each other more. Female comedy writers pretty much never fake-rape each other. The women comedy writers do not urinate in cups around the office.

See, I think that quote speaks volumes. It's not that men are funnier than women, it's that they have instant and constant access to the fart/burp brand of humor that always translates to box office gold. Particularly when you combine it with babes in bikinis and beer and maybe a dead body or two and a wild animal wearing sunglasses.

So yeah, if that's your idea of funny, then sure, men are waaaaay funnier than women.

By the way, I think The Three Stooges are on TV right now. Go watch!

Why do you think the rumor about men being funnier than women persists?

 

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