Yesterday, Rebecca Watson-of-24-hours-ago argued that men are biologically predisposed to be unfunny, bigoted messes. Well, I (Rebecca Watson-of-this-very-moment) took extreme offense at this argument. I’m clearly not the only one:
Can’t agree with the base premise that there are no funny men at all. Maybe not right this minute but the “suggestion” that this is biological or genetic is a bucketload. Let me offer two names (there are more) in rebuttal: George Carlin and Johnny Carson. I get that you were trying to be sarcastic as a hook to hang your story on, but it is so stupid an idea that it just won’t fly. Better luck next time, Rebecca.
(via the Skepchick Facebook page)
— Drew Curtis ? (@DrewCurtis) September 24, 2013
I’ll begin by acknowledging that yes, it is wrong and overly emotional to take offense at a clearly scientific argument, but I cannot help it because some of my best friends are men. Like, for instance, Richard Wiseman, who happens to be one of the speakers at the Entangled Bank event and who is very funny, often intentionally so. Here he is with another male funnyperson, Lewis Black, as they attempt to reason their way into comedy (something that I admit comes more naturally to women):
Then there are all the funny males I had on stage during my most recent Quiz-o-Tron, like the aforementioned Drew Curtis, or Bill Corbett, Ken Plume, Scott Sigler, Joseph Scrimshaw, Lucky Yates, and Paul and Storm. Sure, Molly Lewis outshone them all with a hilarious joke about panda bear sex positions, but the boys did hold their own. Even the good Dr. Phil Plait got some pity laughs!
I think these examples more than prove my point that Rebecca Watson-of-24-hours-ago was grossly incorrect when she claimed to prove with science that there are no funny men. For every five Larry the Cable Guys, there is at least one horse_ebooks. And isn’t that pretty impressive for a group biologically predisposed to be unfunny?
Better luck next time, me.