At this moment, there are more females serving on the United States Supreme Court than there are writing for Late Show with David Letterman, The Jay Leno Show, and The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien combined. Out of the 50 or so comedy writers working on these programs, exactly zero are women. It would be funny if it weren’t true.The article goes on to ask why. Famous drunkard Christopher Hitchens, and many of his impotent cohorts, would assume it's because women aren't funny. That conclusion, however, is so patently ridiculous, it's not even worth disputing.
The author has her own argument.
I have a theory. An executive producer with an all-male writing staff once inadvertently revealed his deep, dark fear. While discussing a full-time position for me, he mused out loud, “I wonder if having a woman in the room will change everything.” Of course, what he really meant was: “I wonder if having a woman in the room will change me.” Male writers don’t want to be judged in the room. They want to be able to scarf an entire bag of potato chips while cracking fart jokes and making lewd comments without fear of feminine disapproval. But we’re your co-workers, not your wives. Crack a decent fart joke and, as professionals, we will laugh. And while writers do need to feel comfortable in order to make comedy, denying an entire class of people certain opportunities in order to preserve a way of life seems a tad antebellum. Plus, it’s been my experience that a room with a fairer sampling of humanity will always produce funnier material.I'm sure most folks would assume these sexist, scatological, chip-eating writers are all standup comics. Not true. Far too many of these writer's rooms are bursting at the seams with Harvard-educated humorists.
And, as many of us have discovered firsthand, Ivy League liberals are some of the most anti-female males on the planet. Don't let their Democrat voter registration card fool you.
In my 20-plus years as a standup comic, I have been in the company of countless male standup comics who have been "able to scarf an entire bag of potato chips while cracking fart jokes and making lewd comments without fear of feminine disapproval" while in the company of a female comic-- me.
Perhaps instead of including females on the writing staff, they should just purge their ranks of all the Harvard douchebags and instead hire standup comics-- both male and female.
The fact that both Dave and Jay started out as standup comics makes all of this even more disappointing. But, then again, they are of a different generation. I can only hope that the Dave and Jay of 2020 will have a different attitude. It'll be too late for me, but some babe on the open mike circuit right now might have a chance.