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mrs. norman maine

I'm sorry that this has to be the first comment, because it's so schoolmarmish, but I have to stick up for my fellow female-of-low-stature and point out that it's Rhea Pearlman, not Leah.

More to the point: This is another great entry, Lance. I just finished reading Tom Shale's SNL book and was fascinated and saddened by what many of the female writers (one of whom was married to Lorne Michaels, for chrissake!) and performers went through in those years.

One final note on another shortie: I agree that to call Julia Louis Dreyfus anything less than a total babe is pure crap. Especially during her Seinfeld years, as well on SNL as this strange...daycare...sitcom I remember. (Possibly the only daycare comedy ever done?)

Okay, Mrs. Maine is getting a little too bi-curious here, so that had better be it for now.

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Bette Midler. Need I say more?


Aaaaaaaagh! Rhea Pearlman! Rhea!

I knew that. Leah Pearlman's a girl I went to college with.

Rhea. Damn. I'm going to fix that. Don't tell anyone I goofed.

Good to see you again, Mrs Maine. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. I assume though you know there'll likely be consequences for using in the bi word on a site frequented by a lot of males who spend way too much time on the internet and you're prepared.

Mac Thomason

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a major babe.

Things are probably better for women on SNL now. Tina Fey's one of the head writers, and the women performers are if anything the dominant force on the show since most of the strong male performers have left. In general, and even five years ago, SNL has been a boy's club.

harry near indy

good looking comic actresses:

lucille ball -- who was a babe in the 1940s
kirstie alley -- before she gained weight
debra messing

stand-ups, on the other hand -- joan rivers and phyllis diller back inthe '60s. definitely NOT barbara edenish.

and totie fields.

that's my five-cents' worth.

mrs. norman maine

Hey, Harry, how could you leave "Moms" Mabley off your funny babes list?

Lance, good point. If anyone googles "short funny bi w/ obscure memory for pointless sitcoms" I'm going to be in hot water! I'll be stalked and end up as a Lifetime movie -- played by Rhea Pearlman! Or Leah Pearlman, even.


Many of my female friends & I memorized the Holy Grail as well as most of the other Python stuff. God bless the CBC (or was it CTV? There were only two channels) for showing Flying Circus during prime time in Saskatoon...


Women might have a different funny, but they can be funny as well as act funny. Mae West, Vivan Vance (as well as Lucille Ball), Mary Tyler Moore, RoseAnn Barr, Ellen Degeneres, Penny Marshall, Whoopi Goldberg, Loretta Swit, "grannie" in The Beverly Hillbillies, "jeannine" in the Ghostbusters, Rita Rudner, Elayne Boosler, Goldie Hawn and Joanne Worley from Laugh In, I have enjoyed many funny ladies and performances. "Trash" or "Angry" humor may not suit us (women) as well as milder forms, but I can think of quite a few performances that are memorable, even if the actress is not always in comedy.

I get my hackles up when someone starts a sentence with..."women aren't as...(something) as men." The reverse may be true, too, and who cares? Having someone SAY it, even a Harvard professor, doesn't make it so. I might find men harsher and cruder, and enjoy their humor less (but that isn't true for me). I know only one thing I really hate in live comedy performances, and that's when the comedian on stage picks on someone (or several people) in the audience. They might say something like, "how many married people do we have in the audience?" Then they'll pick out someone to ridicule. Don't like that at all, and I've seen it happen too much. But that's me - some people might think that is funny.


So maybe I just stumbled on this post after a google image search of Sally Rogers. And maybe it's to years after it was written. But I wanted to thank you for your chivalrous act in 2005; as a young woman trying to make it in the Chicago improv scene, which is very much still dominated by men, it means a lot to see positive affirmation from a gentleman who appears to be rather funny himself. And not one of the creepy, humorless men who hangs around funny women. A la Sally Rogers, actually.

And I wanted to say Amy Sedaris is the ultimate example of an attractive woman who uglies herself up with hilarious results, and in my opinion Bea Arthur in both Maude and Golden Girls is as close as your going to get to feminist comedy without it becoming not comedy and just a humorless rant about menand how much they're all manly in a bad way. Or Paula Poundstone. What is up with the bowties? Seriously?


Allyson Lee

Hey, im just a thirteen year old, but i LOVE <<<<3 Julia Louis-Dreyfus!!! she is such a role model!

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