Girls face so many challenges and people are constantly telling them they can’t do things, they can’t be funny, they can’t run the companies. My advice is just not to focus on anyone telling you that you can’t do anything or the politics of your situation. Just think about your art, or that thing you want to do.
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I get sad all the time! But then I remember I haven’t had a bag full of mixed Jelly Beans in awhile and I for sure want to stick around for when that happens again.▲28 | reblog
After SNL announced that Pete Davidson would be joining the cast for their upcoming season, I did a little research. He’s a 20 year old kid from Staten Island and has been doing stand-up for a few years now. And after an hour or so of moping around my apartment about how much farther he’s come in his career at 20 than I probably ever will by 30, I did some actual thinking.
A young comedian who seems to know what they’re doing and has found a decent voice is an amazing accomplishment alone. The only recent other prominent comedian I can think of that was pretty great from the start so young is Bo Burnham, who was the youngest comedian to get a half-hour special on Comedy Central at just 18. A lot of household names like Eddie Murphy had their big breaks at a relatively young age as well (as in being under 21). Most established comedians would agree that comedy as a craft takes time—years, really—to hone and to really find a strong voice that can rise above others in the crowd.
Then again, everybody’s different so it’s not fair to compare one another too narrowly. But the biggest question I had was: where are the young women in comedy? Surely, they’re out there. Surely, it can’t just be guys who have found their voice so early and are worthy of being given such huge head starts before others in the game? And at this point, I’m talking more within the realms of stand-up comedy because obviously there are great young female comedians who are acting and doing improv—big names such as Aubrey Plaza and even Emma Stone to a degree based on her filmography. But stand-up is a whole other ball game. And to be practically still a teenager and a girl trying to break in is such an emotional obstacle not including outside prejudices. Last year, I performed at an open mic in Los Angeles and was, I believe, one out of three women to perform. And I was the only one under 25. That’s three women out of about 25 people; as in there were 22 male stand-ups performing alongside us. That’s scary. And audiences overall will give you less of a chance to make a good impression. I once had a guy friend tell me,”You know, Diane. I don’t normally find girls funny at all but you’re an exception.” It was meant to be a compliment if you can’t tell.
So, yeah. Maybe it’s not that we’re not looking hard enough for young women in stand-up to put a spotlight on but it’s the fact that we’re not encouraging young women in the first place that they deserve a space on that stage and do have a voice that can be honed to be heard. Women and young girls, especially,are fucking hilarious. Believe me. I know quite a few. And what a shame it would be for the world to miss out on that.▲59 | reblog