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Thursday
Jul242008

Time Out Chicago: "Painful Punchlines" Piece

PhotobucketThe new issue of Time Out Chicago, on newsstands now, includes a story, "Painful Punchlines: When it comes to sexist humor, 'jk' isn’t cutting it anymore."

Local comedians Carrie Callahan, Victor Marinier, Dave Odd, (and yours truly, Bastion editor and Chicago Underground Comedy producer) are quoted, and some hot topics are touched on.

"It’s no secret that sexist and misogynistic jokes run rampant in the Chicago stand-up scene: Blow jobs and bitchy girlfriends seem to be topics of choice among male comics...Yet eradicating such quips requires navigating the blurry line between artistic freedom and social sensitivity—which might be an impossible thing to pull off."

"...the recent influx of up-and-coming, male-run stand-up nights—Comedy House and CYSK among them—has swung the spotlight onto the boys’-club vibe, and most comedians admit that the open-mike circuit is a breeding ground for the worst offenders: rape jokes, the casual use of derogatory terms and antifeminist rants."

"Among the small but vocal group of women comics speaking out against sexist jokes, Carrie Callahan was shocked when a performer she introduced while hosting a show said he 'would fuck' her."

So far, no comments have been published on the TOC post itself, though several people have entered some thoughts (perhaps comments are being reviewed before publication), and so far the Chicahahago board is mum on the article, meanwhile lots of private emails and IM's are flying, so we thought we'd open up a conversation here.

Dropping the editorial "we" for a second, I have some thoughts. I'm sure you do, too. The original context of the story, as presented to those of us who were interviewed for is, was a more general "women in stand-up, why are there so few, and how could that be changed?" and the focus of the final story is very different.

What do you think? An unfair generalization about the scene? A lack of opinions and quotes from other female comics on the scene? Too obvious a topic for a story? Let's talk.

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