Sometimes, being a female comedian isn't funny. Not that I have experience in the world of competitive comedy, but I do have experience in being a girl. And (although this really should have happened sooner), in recent years girls have been given opportunities to redefine what it means to be a girl. However, in countless hours of shamelessly watching stand-up, it's been clear that some female comedians have to shy away from some of the raunchier comedy because it's, well, not ladylike.
However, two phenomenons have flipped my perspective. The first is called Broad City (airing on Comedy Central Wednesdays 10:30/9:30C). The other, is named Amy Schumer.
Amy Schumer is a revolutionary comedian because she deals with the stuff no other female comedian, or any female celebrity really, feels comfortable talking about. She's confident in who she is. In one of her comedy bits, she says "I usually feel pretty good about myself. I know what I look like. You'd bang me, but you wouldn't blog about it. You wouldn't be Tweeting, 'You won't believe who I'm inside'. It's fine".
Thats exactly why I want "Trainwreck" (the 2015 Judd Apatow film starring Bill Hader and Amy as a heightened version of herself) to succeed. Amy's character is kinda promiscuous, kinda shallow, and very confident. And the truth is a lot of girls identify or want to identify with that. It's funny, it's entertaining, it's rude, but Amy's comedy is also honest.
Laughing at yourself is hard to do. Releasing your first feature length film advertising yourself as an absolute mess in the name of comedy, that's way harder. So yeah, I already have a lot of faith in Judd Apatow and Bill Hader, because they're playing it safe. They're always funny. What I really think the big screen needs is an honest female comedian. So Amy, no pressure, but in the name of feminism for aspiring comedians, here's hoping that "Trainwreck", isn't one.
If you haven't seen it, check out the trailer for "Trainwreck", coming out July 17, 2015: