Why Aren’t Women Funny: Letter to Mr. Hitchen

Posted on July 22nd, 2009 by .

“Why are women, who have the whole male world at their mercy, not funny? Please do not pretend not to know what I am talking about.”
That was Christopher Hitchen.  Famous British-born author living in the US.  One of Forbes magazine’s 25 most influential liberals in U.S. media. Famous polemicist. That quote? Straight out of his provocative Vanity Fair piece: WHY WOMEN AREN’T FUNNY.
Well, Mr. Hitchen, it’s obviously time you come to the MONTREAL JUST FOR LAUGHS FESTIVAL.
In fact, this is an open invitation. May the stars align and you stumble upon this page, so I can make a point out of bringing  you to what is the biggest comedy festival in the world: The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival.
Since you’re the kind of guy who thinks heart attacks are funny, it would give me great pleasure to show you that women can also bestow you with that Ha Ha Ha factor – the kind that wrack you with roars, cackles, and chuckles, and even possibly some major chest pains.
In addition, since you so brilliantly noted that “humor is a sign of intelligence,” I will do my very best to flaunt the fact that the festival showcases some extremely witty and bright female comedians, who are not all “hefty or dykey or Jewish, or some combo of the three.”
So here are some shows that hopefully will make you realize that women and humour do not always have to be antithetical.
1) Videotron Gala hosted by Whoopi Goldberg
That’s right! Whoopi is making her Just for Laughs debut, hosting one of the hottest comedy galas of the festival at St-Denis Theatre. July 24, 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM
2) Nasty Girls with Gina Yashere

I recall reading in your article that the term “self-defecation” made men laugh. In that case, you will LOVE Gina Yashere’s raw and nasty humour. This British stand-up artist and HBO Def Comedy Jam queen doesn’t talk sex nasty, but rather concentrates “on the colonic irrigation kind of nasty,” as she puts it. You will love it. I will anyway. Discomfort really makes me laugh.
Nasty Girls: July 25, 9:30 PM and 11:59 PM at Club Soda
Union Black: July 24, 7:00 PM, July 25, 7:00 PM at Musée Juste Pour Rire
3) Margaret Chao’s Beautiful
After an evening with Gina Yashere, Margaret Chao’s show is the perfect comedic experience to make you go from nasty to beautiful. After all, laughter really is one of the most beautiful sounds on Earth. July 25, 7:00 PM at ONF Robothèque
4) Caroline Rhea
Who doesn’t remember Aunt Hilda on Sabrina the Teenage Witch? Yep. That’s Montreal native Caroline Rhea. You might also have seen her on The Drew Carey Show, and the pilot for Curb Your Enthusiasm, or helping people shed weight during three seasons of NBC’s The Biggest Loser.
July 24, 7:00 PM, Laugh-Rodisiacs, The Relationship Show at Metropolis
July 26, 7:00 PM, All-Star Gala at St-Denis Theatre

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