I live in New York. I am a comedian, writer and actor. My day job is blogging for VH1.com. I write about the silly things celebrities and pop stars do, so you know...God's work.
You may have seen my writing on many other reputable websites (McSweeney's, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, xojane.com, The Hairpin, Splitsider, The FW, etc.). I also write crazy blogs about Game of Thrones, Magneto and Jeff Goldblum.
Life's weird, right?
Every single man I admire—I mean, smart, funny, kind, hard-working, morally upright males of the human species—ardently believe women are funny. They’ll rave about Maria Bamford, give all props and respect to Tina Fey, quote Jessi Klein jokes to their friends, wax poetically about how much they love Sara Schaefer, swoon at the mention of anything Amy Poehler’s done…I mean…name the lady comic and they love her. They’ll even rattle off up-and-coming female comics you’ve never heard of and say, “YOU NEED TO FOLLOW HER ON TWITTER, MEG! SHE’S THE BEST!”
In fact, it’s been smart, funny, awesome dudes who have pulled me aside to say, “You’re really funny and should do this professionally and don’t give up,” more often than even the super-supportive girls have.
When guys have said shit like “women aren’t funny” or “chicks can only do well in improv, but not stand up” or “let’s put in a rape joke!” to my face, I never listen to it. Why? Because the men who say those things are never men whose comedy I actually admire. They are usually hacks. They are usually dumb-dumbs. They are usually sexually-frustrated. They’re usually people who aren’t moving forward with their thoughts and ideas on stage or off.
Basically, I can’t be bothered with those fools and neither should any of you.
Lorne Michaels for all of the truth bombs.
I wrote this about the super cool panel I got to go to while I was in LA last week.
I’m home tonight recovering from my crazy flight from LA ordeal (Details aren’t important. Just know that my body has no idea where on Earth it is right now.). So I watched 2 Broke Girls.
It’s a pilot. It’s close to impossible to judge shows on pilots (unless that show is Arrested Development). There was a lot I didn’t really like about the pilot. However, by the end of the episode there were a couple of things I strongly liked about the show.
1) Kat Dennings. Putting aside that she has a gorgeous non-stick figure (it makes her relatable to women, so it is worth mentioning), she also has an INSANE amount of natural charm. I noticed it in Thor. She stole the show from Natalie Portman there and I think TV is a fantastic platform for her natural charisma. She sold the character of Max in a way that most comedic actresses would kill to be able to do. I was impressed.
2) Beth Behr. Like Dennings, she brings an ease to what she’s doing. I could be wrong, but this could be her first real big role? Anyway, if Dennings has the ability to marry sharp coldness with warmth, she has the ability to marry ditziness with wisdom. I liked her.
3) It’s a show about two girls who like and look out for each other. The only other current sitcom that I can think of that stresses this is Parks and Recreation, and that’s more of an ensemble show. This is a sitcom about women taking care of each other. We need more shows like that.
I have a ton of quibbles with the show that have to do with style, writing and production, but most of that is a matter of personal taste. I am actually really psyched this is on the air because we need more shows that are about girls being strong on their own and being stronger when they band together. So, yeah…I’ll say I liked it.
I’m beginning to wonder about this a lot. As a kid, I liked funny women, but I didn’t find them aspirational. They were weird. They were ugly. They were other. I wanted to be pretty and fit in. I didn’t think being funny was an attribute I had. I rejected it in myself. When I was in third grade we had to write on stars with everyone’s name on them why we liked them. All of mine said “I like Meghan because she is smart,” or “I like Meghan because she is nice.” I knew at 8 those were polite cop-outs because I was woefully unpopular with my classmates. When I went home for Christmas last year, my mom told me she had found all those stars and was excited to share them with me. I didn’t know why. The thing is I was wrong. Only a third said, “…because she is smart,” and only a third said, “…because she is nice.” The other third all said, “I like Meghan because she is funny.” It never even registered as a compliment to me. When I was 8 years old I knew that being funny wasn’t something girls were supposed to want to be.
Tonight I’m doing an open mic and then doing stand up at a 9:30pm show at the PIT. Being funny is the best.
"…she can play typical mothers and girlfriends…"
Oh, thank God. I was beginning to worry that men didn’t notice how much ladies consider playing “typical mothers and girlfriends" as a real stretch for us and a true test of our versatility.
Pedrad also has some fabulous impressions, endearing characters and can play against gender, age and race. She also possesses ridiculous on screen poise, great comic delivery and can dance the shit out of everyone else in the cast (except maybe Taran Killam). She also excels when given straight roles in scenes. I think that’s what you were getting at.