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Saying that women have had to fight, and continue to fight, to earn respect within the comedy world is indisputable. Women have worked for decades to end the stigma that women aren’t funny. It’s incredible to look back at the progress that female comedians have made over time, with women like Joan Rivers, Lucille Ball, and Gilda Radner getting the ball rolling during the mid to late 20th century. They defied expectations set upon them by the entertainment industry and inspired millions of young women...
The awesomeness that is Portlandia is back — and this time it’s making fun of Men’s Rights Activists. Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen star in the epic music video/trailer, which is a metal-inspired banger with the refrain “What about men?” The pair ride around on bikes, passing by the infamous “Women and Women First” bookstore, lamenting the fall of men due to female-cast movie remakes (a lá Ghostbusters) and higher graduation rates for women. Check it out! The Emmy-nominated series returns to IFC with ten new...
Stranger Things On July 15, the world met its new Nerd Queen. With mauve ruffles cresting her blouse; high-waisted mom jeans; oversized, champagne-tinted glasses; and a signature Trapper Keeper, Barb, bestie to Nancy, moved among the Stranger Things world with droll regard and unapologetic, DGAF swagger. There she was: serving up the biggest eye roll she could muster as Nancy spilled the deets about her new flame, the popular-but-skeezy Steve. There she was: begrudgingly stuck behind the wheel, driving her best friend to a party she...
Samantha Bee, our political comedy queen, diverted away from her usual mainstream election reporting to talk about Maine. That's right, Maine. But why? Maine, tucked away in, as Bee puts it, "the un-heated crawl space between Quebec and New Hampshire" rarely catches the attention of national news organizations unless it's about their rapid population decline. However, there's a very important political lesson to be learned from our northern neighbor. Photo via Wikimedia Commons Meet Governer Paul LePage a.k.a  "Donald Trump before Donald Trump became popular" — his words, not ours. As the...
Gilmore Girls Today, Gilmore Girls is celebrating its 16th birthday, and with Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life just 50 days away (yes, we’re counting), there’s no better time to celebrate. Whether you’re visiting one of the pop-up Luke’s Diners all around the US, or just rewatching one of your favorite episodes, it's a good day to be a Gilmore Girls fan. As for our way of celebrating, we’ve rounded up five groundbreaking ways Gilmore Girls showed women on TV.   1.Gilmore Girls puts the focus on mother/daughter...
Samantha Bee, reigning queen of late night television, let America know that she’s had it with this election cycle on a Late Show appearance Friday. We hear ya, girl. We hear ya. Colbert asked the Full Frontal host if she’s “enjoyed” commenting on this year’s presidential race, acknowledging the “double-edged” nature of the endeavor: “You get to make great jokes about Donald Trump. On the other hand, he could be president of the United States.” Bee’s response made it clear that she is indeed exhausted by all...
  A few weeks ago, I wrote about Mark Ruffalo’s major misstep in creating a movie about trans people without casting or consulting any trans people. The same day I published the post, I got an email — would I like to talk to Silas Howard, Transparent’s first trans director, about the issue? A big fan of Transparent, I of course said yes — and snuck in a few questions about season 3 as well. Please note: This interview happened just before the Emmys, which means...
John Oliver, America’s favorite news presenter, has come up with the perfect analogy for the way ethical failings tarnish a candidate’s reputation — they’re like raisins in a cookie (of course). And Oliver wants to make it very clear that, in the symbolic cookie that is Hillary Clinton’s would-be presidency, there are maybe a few raisins — but the cookie that is Donald Trump’s potential presidency (shudder) is less a cookie than a nightmarish raisin downpour. “This campaign has been dominated by scandals, but it is...

Looking to take a hit at a new show while Broad City is between seasons? MTV’s Mary+Jane may be exactly what you have been craving. Created by Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont, who also worked together on 2001’s girl cult classic Josie and The Pussycats, and produced by the one and only Snoop Dogg, this show follows two women in their 20s working to make it big in Los Angeles' legal marijuana industry. The show stars Jessica Rothe as the hesitant and innocent Paige and...
   Facebook/Shonda Rhimes Shonda Rhimes is Sublime!As one of the most successful and influential TV creator/writer/producers ever, Shonda Rhimes kicked stereotypical, white-centric programming to the curb and ushered in a new era of inclusiveness to the boob tube. Think you know how Shonda delivers all that juicy drama? Then take the quiz! Shonda Lynn Rhimes was born on January 13, 1970, in _______.a. New York, NYb. Kingston, Jamaicac. Chicago, ILd. London, England Which of the following blockbuster series did Shonda create?a. Grey’s Anatomyb. Scandalc. How To Get Away With Murderd. All of the aboveWhat is the name of...