DEADLINE.COM | Iliza Shlesinger Fucking Nails It : Women In (Stand-Up) Comedy

‘Forever 31’ Creator Iliza Shlesinger Talks Opportunities For Comedians In The Digital Arena   



You address the status of women in comedy in this series in a farcical kind of way. How do you really feel about the way women are represented, or represent themselves, in this arena?

Iliza Shlesinger |

“…As a comedian, I have a set of morals. I have a specific point of view. I think a lot of what I see out there, out in comedy clubs, watching contests, watching TV, watching movies—gathering data from these different matrixes…

When you’re a woman in comedy and you get a break, people get so excited about it, but while we have to work hard to get that attention,

I do think many women think, “Oh if I just act like a guy, if I go for that low hanging fruit…” Everything’s about sex, or how weird I am. It all just kind of runs together.

I could walk into The Improv, close my eyes, and I can’t tell one girl’s act apart from another. That’s not saying that 30-something white guys don’t all sound the same sometimes, but I’m banging my head against the wall because women want to be treated as equals, and we want feminism to be a thing, but it’s really difficult when every woman makes the same point about her vagina, over and over.I think I’m the only woman out there that has a joke about World War II in my set.

I think shock value works well for women, but beyond that, there’s no substance.

I want to see what else there is with such complex, smart creatures.

That’s why women like Tina Fey do well. It’s smart, and men can laugh at it, too.

I consider myself one of those comics, and quite frankly, I’m appalled by what is expected of women, and what women offer in response in that.

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