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Yes, Women are Funny — According to the “Mrs. Maisel” Stars

Has the role of women in comedy really changed since the 1950s? Here's what the stars of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" think.

Still marvelous

The Emmy winning leads of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel see distinct differences — and similarities — between women comedians in the 1950s versus 2019:

I feel like she should be Ali Wong you know Ali Wong, the basis of her comedy has been her - not always but in the last couple of years - has been her family and coming from her personal life and her experiences walking through the world. I loved "Baby Cobra," I watched it about six times prepping for this show. What makes Midge and her comedy and this show so unique, if that it was at that time. Things that hadn’t been done yet and things that were so unique. I don’t know if there exists something of the same caliber now because the form for women has been around much longer now. I love how hungry Midge is. Literally how hungry she is. She eats on set morning till night, she does not stop. I like how hungry she is in every aspect of her life, literally, figuratively, I love bringing a woman like that to life. I like that I get to wear flat shoes. I like being comfortable. I also like that about Susie. I like that she’s strong and yet vulnerable. I like that combination of her that she’s very tough but also vulnerable,” Rachel Brosnahan tells Brut.

We’ve seen a lot of change, we’ve got these stadium comedians that are female, we’ve got Amy Schumer, Ali Wong and Sarah Silverman. But there’s always room for more, I think it would be nice if it wasn’t still a question that we get asked during interviews, that would be cool. If we got to a point where a person doing stand-up, and whether they have tits or not doesn’t matter. You’re right with someone that has been talking about things that no one else is talking about, Midge represents one of the pioneering comedians. But in terms what she talks about and her style, I feel that’s a little bit like Ali Wong,” Alex Borstein tells Brut.

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12/05/2019 11:22 AM
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85 comments

  • Presley T.
    3 days

    every time this show comes up on my TL I think of you lol

  • Jean L.
    4 days

    For the record Amy Shumer sucks big time and the Asian girl too. Could not watch more than 10 min and was going to melt of boringness on my sofa.

  • Tony M.
    5 days

    Oh Peter! Kathy G is hilarious!

  • Dave W.
    6 days

    Leftist, feminist women are typically not funny, is what is more precisely stated by many.

  • Rosa I.
    7 days

    Dear Lord!

  • Eli S.
    7 days

    Honestly, there are only a couple women comedians that I find funny. I’m talking stand up. TV is different, for example I think every woman on Parks & Rec was funny. The only female stand-up that I think is really great is Kathleen Madigan. Not saying they can’t be funny. Maybe I can relate more to what men say. 🤷🏼‍♂️

  • Desherra M.
    01/17/2020 17:37

    ITS MISS UNGERMEYER

  • Christina V.
    01/17/2020 05:53

    🤮

  • Richard M.
    01/17/2020 00:35

    RIP HITCHENS!

  • Diego E.
    01/16/2020 23:42

    Seen movies in which the women are hilarious but I have never heard a woman comedian who was funny...

  • Harry G.
    01/16/2020 00:01

    “It’s also true though” 😂😭

  • Brittany S.
    01/15/2020 02:59

    this is the show I’ve been watching. It’s so good!

  • María D.
    01/15/2020 01:40

    I loved season 3

  • Thomas C.
    01/13/2020 21:41

    Your not funny at all!

  • Clay D.
    01/13/2020 19:06

    I haven't heard anyone say this

  • Riley H.
    01/13/2020 18:26

    Women are funny. The problem is huge media outlets pushing for women that aren't funny like Amy Schumer and giving them stadium deals while passing up men who are better because they are men. But I know for a fact that these two women in this movie are hilarious.

  • Teo O.
    01/13/2020 13:36

    Ms. Swan, Lois Griffin, a true icon, Alex delivers always.

  • Myrtle T.
    01/13/2020 01:19

    No one says women in general can't be funny. They are simply less funny than men overall and that's just true and nothing to be upset about

  • Michael G.
    01/11/2020 22:30

    Melissa McCarthy is not funny to me. But neither is Kevin James, Ray Romano, or Tim Allen. Each and every gender and ethnicity has funny and not so funny individuals. Humor is like beauty, not absolute but in the eye of the beholder.

  • John P.
    01/10/2020 19:09

    Women are funny! It’s just women stand ups that are unfunny...for the most part.