Amy Poehler, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer (“Broad City”), Kent Alterman (Comedy Central) and Caroline Beaton (Viacom) take the MIPTV stage to explore the series’ success and new opportunities created by the web impacting today’s comedy development process for TV.
Sketchy Advice: A comedy writing column from UCB Comedy. Established sketch writers from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre offer sketch students advice on being creative, the writing process, and adding to a writer’s room.
This week’s featured writer is Dru Johnston, a writer and actor on…
YES JERRY YES! FINALLY! Diversity doesn’t matter in comedy or anywhere else in the world. The entertainment world shouldn’t reflect the real world.
What a fucking weird thing to say that you don’t care about diversity. Why wouldn’t you want to enrich your comedy by having a different point of view to make your comedy better? I think funny to Jerry is white… I think I would be less offended if he straight up just said I have white people on my silly web series because I like white people my comedy is for white people and I AM WHITE PEOPLE! Then put on his hood and yelled WHITE POWER and burned a cross on stage. JK if he did the last part I might be offended… but not really. Theres no shame in liking what you like. Like that Duck Dynasty dude saying he doesn’t like gays… well cool, now I never have to watch a show that I’ve never had an interest in watching. Know what I mean? This is the same… I’ve never seen a full episode of Seinfeld and I doubt I will… his funny isn’t my cup of vodka… and I cant seem to forgive his buddy for screaming the N word to an audience of people who paid to watch him “just be funny”
(I edited this because I watched it again) Also I LOVED how he asked Tina what it was like being a woman in comedy… because that argument over women being funny is done? He made it seem like he couldn’t fathom it being harder for woman… balancing femininity? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN JERRY? Was he asking if she had to stop working when she’s on the rag? LIKE WHAT DOES THAT SENTENCE MEAN? Seems like OL JERRY is so far removed from what its like coming up in comedy… or what it actually means to be a person of color in America. Or that he’s literally spouting white privilege nonsense. Never will there be a time where they have you white male comedy showcases in which casting directors come out in droves to see the new young white males performing because if you throw a rock you’ll hit a young white male in the head killing him because Americans are weak and the young white man behind him will pick up where dead young white man left off.
I do think the funniest person should get recognition/work/whatever but as a minority its hard. Very hard… partly because no one is really looking for your story. Sure there were a bunch of black people movies this year… but where were the hispanic movies? The Asian movies? The hungarian american movies? UGH I COULD GO ON ALL DAY ABOUT ENTERTAINMENT AND RACE. However I will end on this… the race problem in america will be solved when there are more JLo movies.
Full support for everything Nicole said and the brilliant way she phrased it.
JESUS. WHITE STRAIGHT MALE COMEDY HEROES ARE NOT MAKING IT EASY ON MY FRIENDS THIS WEEK.
Pretty sure it’s ultimately “pro-comedy” to make sure that race/gender/ethnicity/sexuality doesn’t inhibit the ability of the really funny people and work to rise to the top.
Laura in the 3rd person: frequently enjoys improvisational hilarity and comedy analysis.
Tumbling things are: SNL ladies, 30 rock, LNwJF, Hannah Hart/Mamrie Hart/Grace Helbig. Get on that train, y'all.