Late-Night TV Is 'Better Than Ever' -- Even Without a Funny Woman in Sight (PHOTO)

jimmy fallon tonight showAn article in Vanity Fair's October issue is raising eyebrows for what it's so painfully obviously missing. "Why Late-Night Television Is Better Than Ever" features a portrait of all the late-night television hosts from Colbert to some guy named James Corden.


And guess what? There's not one single lady. Not one. Why?

Check it out.

The image of those 10 bros, drinks in hand, congratulating one another on ruling the universe as frat boys so often do is just too powerful of a reminder that, even in 2015, women have a long way to go to be considered for the most coveted jobs in comedy.

Still, Chelsea Handler just ditched her late-night gig at E! to take her show to Netflix. But no VF feature for her. Deadpan whipsmart Samantha Bee will be launching her new late-night talk show Full Frontal on TBS in January. Bee wasn't invited to be in VF either. No matter, Bee went ahead and made the adjustment for them.


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The good news is that we're hearing from more and more powerful female comedic voices -- Amy Schumer, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling to name a few.

Let's also take a moment to remember what a trailblazer Joan Rivers was as the first woman to sit in for Johnny Carson and host her own late-night talk show on Fox in 1986. But the show wasn't a big hit, and we haven't seen a lady in a big network late-night chair since.

And it's not for a lack of effort. When Craig Ferguson left the Late Late Show, reports say Kathy Griffin went after the hosting job hard. But ultimately, she says she was told by an exec, "They're not considering females at this time." Just not considering half the population? Wow.

On the other hand, maybe today's funny ladies would just be stifled in a late-night hosting gig that has traditionally required making PG-rated jokes, kissing up to celebs plugging their new projects, bringing on musical acts, nothing too upsetting or challenging.

It's hard to imagine fiercely talented Sarah Silverman setting up movie clips with starlets. Amy Schumer was very publicly offered the Daily Show hosting job before Trevor Noah and turned it down. Schumer's got a scorching-hot movie, TV, and stand-up career going; why would she want to be stuck behind a desk all week?

Why would any of our funniest women try to fit into that boring mold?

In the meantime, the boys of the late-night talk show fraternity will have to do. Stephen Colbert, Conan O'Brien, Trevor Noah, The Jimmys (Kimmel, Fallon), John Oliver, Larry Wilmore, Seth Meyers, and Bill Maher are all really smart, funny guys who will continue to crack us up and tuck us in with a wink and a smile. And I'm sure James Corden is too. (Am I the only one who's never heard of James Corden?)


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