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From http://www.VF.com: Christopher Hitchens rebuts Alessandra Stanley's essay, "Who Says Women Aren't Funny?" To see more pictures and video, read more controversial commentary, and tell Hitchens what you think, visit vanityfair.com.
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Andrew Musillo (2 days ago)
The balls on this man, gotta respect
caramel angel (2 days ago)
Cardi b is funny af
gwho (3 days ago)
Here's the original friggin article. When people talk about someone talking about something that someone else talked about, it tends to get very superfiical and unnuanced. Just like the James DaMore so-called "anti-diversity" memo. Here it is in all its glory. It's a decent read. https://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2007/01/hitchens200701 It ends with "Good grief! Is there anything less funny than hearing a woman relate a dream she’s just had?" I thought that was pretty funny.
Mr. Indie (3 days ago)
I’ve dated many, many, many women in my day. One was able to make me laugh on a regular basis because she was quite observant and sarcastic. Women are not funny at all, never thought they were, nor do I think they even come close to being relevant in the music industry. Those are 2 of the many things that men are far superior at, humor and music.
keep calm (4 days ago)
2019 they're not funny yet
Daniel Wertz (4 days ago)
timeless information
Cooliotopnotch (5 days ago)
100% correct. If only he could see how bad things have become....
Literally Felicity (5 days ago)
Why is youtube recommending me a 10 year old video? 🙄
clsman89 (6 days ago)
3:04
Blueberry (7 days ago)
Theres just one problem with his theory... Women are godamn hilarious. I've laughed the hardest at female comics and all my favourite comedians are women, all my favourite comedy shows star women.
MercDeMerco (7 days ago)
I stumbled upon a compilation of these let's players called "funhaus" and the woman in that is honestly one of the funniest people I've ever watched. Not a stand up or anything. I don't know how to make this sound less cringe just look up "elyse willems compilation".
Haki (8 days ago)
Soon this man will be in jail for assuming genders.
Haki (8 days ago)
+Name That explains a lot. Rip.
Name (8 days ago)
He's dead
Rob Kino (8 days ago)
10 years later and he's more right than ever.
Chet Manly (9 days ago)
idk i like 30 rock and parks and rec. idk if theyre written by men but yeah i cant say ive heard many funny woman
Nashville Dude (9 days ago)
"If you don't laugh at my jokes you're a racist.... and sexist too"
Sam Pharma (10 days ago)
I agree with you, women are made to be queens not clowns.
Jason Goodacre (10 days ago)
Ten years on women still aren’t funny. The exception is Kate McKinnon but she likes girls so there is that.
Jemal Rankin (10 days ago)
Exactly !! If you make me laugh ? I'll laugh ! I'm not trying to not laugh at women . The problem is I just can't ! No matter how hard I try .
Cyber Punk (10 days ago)
But..but..feminists are funny...and they are mostly women..😕
Freedom Cobra (10 days ago)
Women aren’t intentionally funny. However, stumbling out of a club like a newly born donkey in high heels is worth a chuckle and I think women do that very well. Thanks for the laugh
2bit MarketAnarchist (11 days ago)
Dykes, Jews, or Butch! What about Joan Rivers?
breasthound (11 days ago)
Women don't need to be funny to impress men. We're already impressed.
choka bitch (11 days ago)
2019 update women still aren’t funny
Slurvify (12 days ago)
Most women are not attractive anymore thanks to feminism (fat acceptance and entitlement without dedication)
PatDoesThings - Games (12 days ago)
I don’t think I met a funny woman
Eva Cornell (12 days ago)
wow this comment section is full of some of the worst people, women can be funny GET OVER IT, if you don't find women funny FINE that's your opinion and comedy is subjective but to say all females aren't funny because you don't like Amy Schumer is ridiculous. Honestly I thought we'd got past Blatant sexism but obviously not. I enjoy both male and female comedians and I think they bring different Ideas and points of view to the table. Of course their are bad female comedians (amy schumer) but there are also bad male comedians fuckin get over yourselves you morons.
James Coppolino (12 days ago)
i understand his point but i couldn't disagree more
Robin (12 days ago)
I agree with what hes saying but... Wtf does femalw comedians being jewish have to do with anything?
Deep Silver (12 days ago)
I miss 2008...
Jimbo Slice (13 days ago)
Still true 10 years later
Farmer Joe (13 days ago)
“Who cant even read” lol
Sean W. Hanley (14 days ago)
Sarah Silverman is the irrefutable proof of Hitchens hypothesis.
TheJamesearljr (14 days ago)
With Tiffany Haddish recently bombing heavily on stage, this still rings true.
Chris Papamitrou (15 days ago)
It’s s shame that nowadays people can’t talk like this, even though everything he says is spot on
Miti Abulaiti (15 days ago)
Their sense of humor is being dirty, thats all
Emanuel Correa (15 days ago)
2019: woman still aren’t funny..
Stain (15 days ago)
Rip don... That man was a treasure
Corrupted (15 days ago)
Watch Amy Schumer after this.
peace2014 (15 days ago)
I find women are situationally funny at times but I don't find female comedians funny when are are trying to be funny. Their jokes fall flat. Lucille Ball was funny, without trying to be funny. Their humor relies a lot on putting men down or being caddy and often times crude, vulgar and mean spirited . Christopher is correct. Generally speaking women are not funny.
The_One_Gamer 20 (15 days ago)
It’s 2019 and women are still not funny
Miguel Arredondo (15 days ago)
Because women arent a joke
Roman (15 days ago)
It’s 2019 and they’re still not funny...
Albert Speer (16 days ago)
Hitchens is still right
Kevin Santos (16 days ago)
When he said jews i giggled and got a cheerio down the wrong hole.
Alwin Abraham (16 days ago)
Ellen is a funny woman 👩
Moechtar Gafoer (16 days ago)
Thi
Username (16 days ago)
_10 years ago_
Cristero Warrior (16 days ago)
I agree
DominicR 117 (16 days ago)
I think there is a few if you have ever seen QI some funny women except for sandy (the new leader on the show)
Snorlax 512 (16 days ago)
I think women in general can be funny but Garfunkel and Oates fit the criteria for me of women trying too hard to be funny and missing the mark.
Lippy Pongstockings (16 days ago)
He's being tongue-in-cheek
Jay Owen (17 days ago)
You couldn't be more right
Normal name (17 days ago)
#Women are funny, get over it.
Bob Bobbington (14 days ago)
I wasn't talking about South Park.  "... you said *your* initial comment was a joke... it (your initial comment) wasn't funny, so playing on the trope I figured you were a woman. Joke, inside a joke."
Normal name (14 days ago)
+Bob Bobbington guess the creators of south park aren't funny lmao.
Normal name (14 days ago)
+Bob Bobbington wow that was funny...
Bob Bobbington (14 days ago)
+Normal name I get it... you said your initial comment was a joke... it wasn't funny, so playing on the trope I figured you were a woman. Joke, inside a joke.
Ben (17 days ago)
It's one day until 2019. And women still are not funny.
James Whiteford (17 days ago)
Tina Fey is hilarious tbh
peace2014 (15 days ago)
Her voice is like fingernails across a chalkboard. Sorry, but she's more irritating than funny.
Poffo (17 days ago)
And 10 years later woman still aint funny, in general.
Sprax (17 days ago)
Seems like a Caucasian problem. Black community, female comedians are pretty funny.
Brandon Michaud (17 days ago)
Maria Bamford is the only female comedian to make me genuinely laugh.
Donte Leone (17 days ago)
Some people just have a bland and terribly pg sense of humor and typically those people are women. Not all but when they try to be funny I sit in silence because fake laughing would make it more awkward
Mrs Lieberman (17 days ago)
Women aren’t funny
Ikscdm Degi (17 days ago)
Women are super funny and smart, Amy Schumer makes me laugh my socks off.
Bob Bobbington (15 days ago)
..... I'm so sorry.
Serena Strand (17 days ago)
4.9k women who dislike this video
cheekoandtheman (17 days ago)
This guy is a professional douche !!!!
Shurley Locks (17 days ago)
I can't help but agree. I can't remember the last time a woman produced a genuinely honest laugh out of me. If i laughed it was because i didn't want to hurt her feelings and be around for the moment she realizes that. Hmmm...nope come to think of it most women are rather simple. I can't even think of a single ex of mine that could at least marginally grasp sarcasm. I can honestly say I've never described a female as 'clever or witty' often its dull and superficial I use most regularly. However I will say Kristen Wiig does amazing impressions.
Cody Dixon (18 days ago)
to bad none of those female comedians are funny tho.. they shouldve picked better people
Anders Larsen (18 days ago)
We need him back.
Danny Gee (18 days ago)
Freudian philosophy is scary, but ultimately valid. The herd doesn't realize this and their minds recoil in horror at the very mention of these subjects. Ur the man as always Chris. Rest in peace my brother.
LOUIS MARIO • (18 days ago)
Being recommended 10 year old stuff on YouTube cos YouTube nowadays is going down hill
Devin Martinez (18 days ago)
Oh yeah I remember this video. Tf am I watching it again for? It still holds up
Sicao is dead (18 days ago)
only funny girl is audrey plaza
Alec (18 days ago)
I don’t think women specifically are unfunny, but rather gender specific humor is. The difference between most male comedians and female comedians are that male comedians joke about anything that can be joked about, whereas most female comedians joke about being a woman, which no cares about
Neo Nazi (18 days ago)
2018 ended and women still aren't funny
EYE (18 days ago)
I guess I’m not the only one watching this.
Hard Gay (18 days ago)
I can't think of a single woman who's made me laugh as hard the likes of Dave Chapelle, George Carlin, or Gilbert Gottfried.
xovux (18 days ago)
The new pos Ghostbusters. Bye
bluemystic7501 (18 days ago)
I think female actors can be funny but I do not think they make good standup comedians.
Sherm Hart (18 days ago)
He is true, couldnt think of one woman that is, one of mamas family. Get in kitchen make sandwich
Trash Panda (18 days ago)
2:03 is that pregnant women smoking?
Bob Square (18 days ago)
But your not funny
joE Lundgreen (18 days ago)
Hillarious
John Doe (18 days ago)
Came here to laugh at a few pathetic incels, ended up finding a whole nest of them.
Pepi Badgal (18 days ago)
*to you
Elizabeth Soulé (18 days ago)
Oh lord
ordermaster20 (18 days ago)
His core thesis revolves around evolutionary psychology. This would be fine, if he provided any evidence beyond his own culture's use of humour to attract a mate. With that observation, he could support the claim that society trains men to be funny and women to have a sense of humor. He doesn't, and instead he gives the sort of bold generalization that gives evolutionary psychology a bad name. Honestly, a low effort attempt to justify a stereotype.
RoonyKingXL (18 days ago)
Some idiots here probably don't know him well. He isn't dead serious in that video. Just look at his face you can even see him smiling
ggzsk (18 days ago)
10 years later. this video still is right
gravityphantasm (18 days ago)
I'm glad someone said it. Of course it will be blown out of proportion.
Chino Man (18 days ago)
Men are way better than women at everything.
Abel Oroz (18 days ago)
I recall having a knee-jerk reaction against this video many years ago. We've all grown up since then thankfully, and today if I had to resurrect someone, it'd be Hitch. He's much needed in today's world.
Leo Andriasyan (18 days ago)
Oh man this is so great
Marilyn (18 days ago)
But... Joana Ceddia :O
Harambe Kardashian (18 days ago)
The only time a woman is funny is if she does something hilariously embarrassing.
John Chơi Game (18 days ago)
I’m sure the comment section gonna be civil
Jibs (18 days ago)
Rest In Peace to this beautiful human being.
Esho Abraham (18 days ago)
10 years later...women still aren't funny.
Horse with no name (18 days ago)
Stupid women are plenty funny, though!
Silver (18 days ago)
Maya Rudolph, Blanche Gardien, Amy Poehler, Allison Brie, Tina Fey.. No Hitchens was wrong
Samuel Liotta (18 days ago)
Stand-up comedians in general are not funny. The good ones make of you sort of think at best, but laugh, that's another story.
Kuznetsov (18 days ago)
The only jokes women are good at are inside jokes you have with your friends.
Ashen One (18 days ago)
The only woman who I ever found to be funny is Kaitlin Olson as Sweet Dee Reynolds in Always Sunny. She can actually hold her own against the guys. Love that show!!

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