Gender Roles & Stereotypes




The Female Funny

7 comments | April 19th, 2012

(story by Allison Goldberg and Jen Jamula, co-creators of Blogologues)

The writers are 2 funny people.  And they happen to be ladies too.  Imagine that.  If you're in NYC, go see their show.  If you're not, fight and defy stereotypes wherever you can.  Stereotypes aren't funny.  Usually.  Here's their story:

Stereotypes are interesting. They point out so many very true things. Alli is Jewish, and she definitely always checks for quarters when we pass pay phones. Jen is Polish, so obviously she’s an idiot. Mexicans are lazy, Asian men have small penises, and women? Don’t get me started. Women. Ugh. They’re so… not funny.

We all know that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are exceptions, not the rule. I mean, come on! Have you been to the movies? Men, men, men.

Oh, wait.

That’s right.

Just in case you thought that performance was the one field where women are overrepresented (well, us and the gays) … WRONG! The Huffington Post recently reported that 1 out of every 3 roles goes to a woman, and pointed out that “[t]his means that men's stories out number women's by the same amount.”

So what does that mean for all of us?

All hail the internet. Where women can find fortune and fame (okay, maybe just fame?) for just being themselves. Where no one can stop them from telling their stories. Where women don’t have to wait for a casting director or a publisher to take a chance on them. Where The Bloggess can rant and Kelly Oxford can tweet and they’ve got millions of followers hanging on their every word.

That’s right, ladies, funny and not-funny alike. If no one will listen to you because they’re too busy watching the hundred millionth Adam Sandler movie (We love you, Adam!), start creating your own content.

For us, it started with a vlog. We began posting weekly interviews with strangers on the subway on Why Are You On My Train, where we stayed behind the camera as observers and cultivated our voice online. We were fascinated by the multitude of stories that our diverse city held captive in its tunnels, and it turned out that many others were interested, too.  

Then one evening we came across “It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers,” a viral post by Colin Nissan. (Yeah, rah rah man, but we like him anyway.)

It was one of those 11 p.m. reads, after working on grant applications or editing videos for too long, and as soon as the words flew out of our mouths, we knew we had something special. “It’s a monologue!” cried Alli. “Blogologue!” exclaimed Jen. And our blogo-baby stage show, Blogologues, was born.

We perform material verbatim from the internet in an hour-long stage show that we curate.  We choose the stuff we want to perform. And we don’t just pick the Craiglist posts, tweets, comments and blog posts that cater to our strengths.  We select the material that lets us dig into our arsenal of characters, and play roles that — as late-20s women — we’d never get to play on a New York City stage otherwise.

We also focus on women’s voices. In our current iteration of Blogologues — running weekends through May 5th in NYC — no less than 8 out of the 11 blog posts we use are written by women. Why? Because we can.

And because the posts are freakin’ funny. {end story}

Any stereotypes hating on your happy out there in the world?  Any ever limit your sense of you (I can't do that I'm an X, or I should be able to do that, I'm a Y) ?  You ever find yourself honking at someone on the road and when you get a glimpse of the driver you're all "of course they almost killed me, they're a short/tall/skinny/fat/old/young/jewish/asian/priest"?  Do you believe any stereotypes are true?

(Allison and Jamula are co-creators of Blogologues, a comedy show in which they perform the internet verbatim, and are Co-Artistic Directors of Lively Productions. The duo also launched and ran the vlog  Their work has been featured in Beatbeat, Crushable, The Huffington Post, Refinery29, and more.  And they're very funny, besides.)