I have a thing about comedians: I have tried to like them and I have tried laughing about their jokes, but I really, really don’t find them funny. They try too hard, they are attention-seeking when they are on a chat show, they aren’t spontaneous and if they’re female all their material consists of period jokes that are neither funny nor intelligent.
There are some comedians I can just about deal with, but Lee Evans and Sarah Millican are the two that just drive me insane. They are everything I don’t like in a comedian. Lee Evans is hyperactive, over the top, sweaty and loud. On top of that, I just don’t get his humour and that’s although he’s from Bristol. Sarah Millican just has to step onto the stage and all I want to do is rip the telly off the wall to throw it out of the window.
I know it’s all about women supporting women and the whole sisterhood thing, but I just don’t do female comedians and the one I really don’t do is Sarah Millican. She just make me cringe, even more so than men, because I always have the feeling that as a female comedian she has to prove something. It’s like she’s stepping onto the stage to shout “Look at me, I’m a woman. I can be funny too and I can swear and I can do everything that a man can do. I can talk about disgusting things and joke about periods and all the things that male comedians criticise us women for.”
Why? Why does a performance that is meant to be entertaining have to become a battle of the sexes? I don’t know any comedian that doesn’t make a joke about the other sex. Male comedians joke about women’s shopping habits, their nagging or their looks. Female comedians try to be make us laugh about men’s untidiness, their football addiction or by joking about the things that male comedians pick up on in their stand-up routines, e.g. our periods, shopping, moodiness and the classic “Honey, I’ve got a headache.” The thing is, I never find it funny, because I always think that female comedians are just terribly competitive. They don’t amuse me, they don’t make me smile and it’s all because they always come across as if they are really bitter on the inside. I don’t know why, but I think it’s because their performances give me the feeling that all they are standing on stage for is to shove it back into male comedian’s faces. It just bores me to death and that’s the last thing a stand-up show should do.
So I stay clear of stand-up programmes because they are the ultimate torture instrument to me and reduce my comedy intake to the odd chat show, because those who I really find funny are chat show hosts, e.g. Alan Carr, Graham Norton and Jonathan Ross. Their comedy is quick, witty and based on what their interviewees tell them and that’s what makes good comedy to me. And a bit of irony and sarcasm, of course 😉
Are you a fan of comedians? Who is your favourite and is there someone you can’t stand? Are male comedians funnier than female comedians or is it the other way round? I’d love to hear your thoughts as this is a topic Ben and I are discussing constantly!
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