Talk:Women in Comedy

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Peer Review006:38, 24 March 2018
Feedback004:54, 24 March 2018
Peer Review007:02, 23 March 2018
Feedback005:29, 6 December 2017
feedback006:59, 11 November 2017
Feedback 023:36, 10 November 2017
Carly Gardner's feedback to Women in Comedy019:58, 10 November 2017
Nancy Andrew's suggested response to Women in Comedy019:22, 10 November 2017
Feedback000:53, 9 November 2017

Peer Review

Hi :) I really enjoyed your reading. Honestly, I was not aware of women in Comedy a lot but you made many good points and gathered a lot of effective information. I would suggest you if you add more various points of view for the audience receptions, it would be better to support your reading:) You have a really good topic!

06:38, 24 March 2018

Hello, it was interesting to read the history of women in comedy; I could see your depth of research. I just wish to get more sense of how female comedians get perception of ‘not funny’. Does audience tend to not laugh with the same joke if it was performed by women? Or the type of joke/comic lines are differ by gender? I hope to get more explanation of your claim on the final one.

04:54, 24 March 2018

Peer Review

"However, most viewers will choose a male character as their favourite because they claim that they are the funniest. This ambivalence is caused by: 1. Audiences are still adhering to the stereotype that men are funnier than women. 2. Women showrunners are giving their best jokes to men. In both cases, there is still a tendency to conform to the negative stereotype that women comedians aren’t funny, even in today’s society."

This phrase should be supported by a citation, or reasoning/ examples to further illustrate the point. Right now it still needs more of an explanation of why this is the case.

Your Wiki is full of history, which includes present day analysis, however I feel that you need a "What is there being done now to fix this" "how is the industry changing" "how can we create change" specifically and answer to a question of sorts. This further engages the reader to certainly find meaning in the article rather than just history.

07:02, 23 March 2018

Hi! I was excited to read this page because I had also looked into women in the performing arts, and believe that there are definitely some parallels between our subject areas! I think that lots of the performing arts tend to be male-dominated, since society often encourages young boys to be outgoing while young girls are encouraged to be the exact opposite. I think it would be interesting to include this type of thinking in your page. Are young boys and men celebrated more for their comedic antics? Why is this? Thanks!

05:29, 6 December 2017

hi! I enjoyed all the background information you provided regarding women in comedy but I think you should include/further expand on society's views on them - prejudice? support? is there intersectionality involved? how are they portrayed? respected? are some ideas you could expand more on with regards to your topic! can't wait to read the final piece!

06:59, 11 November 2017

This is a very interesting and unique topic and I like the way you have set it up. As a suggestion, you could include stigma in your discussion about women in comedy. By this I mean you could look into if there is a negative connotation with the involvement of women in comedy and stand-up, and how these women push past it. You could also elaborate on the viewers of women's comedy, such as if there tend to be more females than males, or more couples, or younger or older, etc. as compared to male comedy. It would also be interesting to look into the different genres of comedy, and if there is a difference between males or females genres.

23:36, 10 November 2017

Carly Gardner's feedback to Women in Comedy

I really enjoyed reading your wiki draft! You have definitely covered a good basis. However, I would encourage you to expand your wiki page beyond gender imbalances, and to use a wider variety of scholarly sources (peer reviewed articles, etc). Google scholar and would be good places to start.

You do an excellent job of describing the historical emergence of female comedians, but it could be useful to explain how approaches to comedy have changed through time (ex. self-deprecation of appearance & sex appeal). Perhaps also consider some of the stereotypes that women comedians have faced.

I would also encourage you to explore intersectionality on your wiki page. Perhaps include a section looking at female comedians of colour, non-heterosexual orientations, as well as gender non-conforming and/or transgendered comedians.

Some sources you may want to check out:

women’s experiences in comedy:

…through time -

… in general -




19:58, 10 November 2017

Nancy Andrew's suggested response to Women in Comedy

Hi! i found your wiki page to be quite informative about the specific burdens and struggles women specifically play in the aspect of being a comedian. As a suggestion, I think it would be an interesting component to possible to a case-comparison analysis which would mean to chose either two current female comedians and compare their careers, struggles, burdens, etc.. Or possibly even a gender comparison to prove even further the distinction between the treatment of male and female comedians. Possibly even an individual case study, of for example Amy Shumer who has become a prominant female comedian in the past five years. I think that a case example or analysis will provide an additional aspect to this wiki post that can be supported by your historical evidence as well.

19:22, 10 November 2017

I would suggest expanding more on the gender balance in the present day. You may want to analyze why there are more women in comedy today than in the past and why men still dominate this industry. Particularly, what events have taken place that allow more women to be in comedy? Also some typos: Additionally, only 13% of the comedians.... in Stand up section 19$" instead of 19% in film section.

00:52, 9 November 2017