Before I begin, let me explain to you how much deliberation went into deciding the forum for this question.
In a way, this would fit into:
[li]General Questions[/li][li]In My Honest Opinion[/li][li]Great Debates[/li][li]Cafe Society[/li][li]MPSIMS[/li][li]and the BBQ Pit[/li][/ul]
Because it’s TV-related, I chose this one, but bear with me:
Is it possible for a woman to win “Last Comic Standing?” The only reason I ask is because, with the exception of Janeane Garofalo, I have never seen a comedienne I thought was particularly funny. And I’d like to think I’ve seen my share.
It seems to me that audiences react more favorably on male stand-ups. Given the current way of weeding out the comics, in which two comedians “face off” in front of a live audience, who in turn votes for the funniest one, how can a woman survive?
It seems to me that I’m treading into GD territory when I say this, but a goodly portion of female comediennes seemingly construct their material based on two tenets – men suck, and they can’t do anything right. That alienates 50% of your audience right there, even if it manages to get the female contingency on your side. This is why Garofalo and Margaret Cho have been moderately successful – their material doesn’t stem from those old chestnuts, and it seems fresher and more polished.
Still, even if you’re Margaret Cho, I’d wager you’d have a tough time winning an audience over if you’re competing against a male comedian of the same caliber – say, an Eddie Griffin, or a Dave Attell.
So what do you think – can a woman win this show against a man?