Sisterhood Is Hilarious
A new book chronicles how women broke through the comedy world's glass ceiling.
Women aren’t any less funny than men, but they are more sensitive to environmental cues. Where funny men might share an impressive ability to complete that imitation of a dog in heat or an anesthesia-free bowel resection whether they’re greeted with weak smiles, nervous titters, or visible agitation, funny women are less likely to press the point. This attunement to psychosocial feedback, usually interpreted as a lack of conviction or commitment (or, if you prefer, cojones), might better be greeted as a sign of robust mental health. Still, this perceptual gap in what counts as truly laugh-worthy—which itself tends to track a pretty stark gender divide—might explain why men who don’t think women are funny tend not to meet very many funny women. As former Saturday Night Live writer Marilyn Suzanne Miller explains
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