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The Latest Trend in Comedy? WOMEN!


Throughout the hysterical years of stage and screen, more often than not, comedy has usually been deemed a boy's game. Not that there haven't been some exceptions in the past... Lucille Ball, Roseanne, Lily Tomlin, Gilda Radner, etc. However, compare that to the list of men, and, well, I'd be writing a novel, not an article. But times are a changin' as the ladies cooking up the laughs have made a funny, yet momentous splash in the hoopla arena.

Last night, NBC aired a two hour reunion special for the Women of "Saturday Night Live" which of course included the three notable breakout female stars, Julia Louis Dreyfus (Seinfeld, New Adventures of Old Christine), Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation). The show opened with a spoof on the popular Real Housewives brand. A unique brand in deed. The real “Real Housewives” provides comedic relief even though the reality characters think they're being taken seriously. How about that for irony? If you count the spin-offs, we have multiple shows staring women providing drollery that don't even know it. New proverb alert: “Fact is Funnier than Fiction”. Well, I'm sure Mark Twain would agree.

Just look at one of the major powerhouses in televised comedy today; Ellen DeGeneres. Forbes listed the five time Emmy winner as #10 on the Most Powerful Women list raking in a combined $55 million between her syndicated talk show, American Idol judging stint, and various endorsement deals which include Vitamin Water and Cover Girl.

Now, let's hop over to TV Land who have a 30 year reunion in the works on the set of their well received original sitcom, “Hot in Cleveland”, staring Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick (All ladies for those of you keeping track). Is there room for a fourth funny girl with all that estrogen? You bet there is! For the first time since 1970, Mary Tyler Moore will once again join White on-screen for an episode scheduled to air in January.

Well, boys and girls, or should I say girls and boys... It's nice to know that women have indubitably found one workplace where they can “penetrate” that glass ceiling without having a... well, you get the idea.

{image from NBC}

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