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Adam Carolla: Women are not funny

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Comic Adam Carolla tells the New York Post that women aren’t funny.

Actually, the former co-host of a program called “The Man Show” featuring “girls jumping on trampolines” at the end of each episode, said, “dudes are funnier than chicks.”

Asked to elaborate, he said said some women are funny but most aren’t. He then illustrated his point with some racial-religious commentary: “When you’re picking a basketball team, you’ll take the brother over the guy with the yarmulke.”

Was that supposed to be funny?

Carolla did allow that some ladies can be funny. He cited Tina Fey and Sarah Silverman, the former girlfriend of his former “Man Show” co-host Jimmy Kimmel, as evidence that females can be humorous. He also saluted Kathy Griffin, who filled Atlanta’s Fox Theatre last week. (Carolla performed last fall at the Tabernacle in downtown Atlanta).

But he slammed several female entertainers, too. “If Joy Behar or Sherri Shepherd was a dude, they’d be off TV. They’re not funny enough for dudes.”

As you’d expect, reaction was swift and animated. Carolla trended for a while on Twitter as people debated his comments.

“That’s OK, Adam Carolla. We don’t think you’re funny either. Love, women,” posted a user named Molly Kats.

Carolla does not appear to be addressing the issue on his own Twitter feed, instead using it to promote upcoming events supporting his new book and tweets excerpting the hilarity to be found in the tome, “Not Taco Bell Material.”

A sample:  ”My family was the opposite of the Make-A-Wish Foundation: They took able-bodied kids and did nothing for them.”

Also: “Being a depressed hippie is a lose-lose. It would be like if a rice cake had the caloric content of a MoonPie.”

And: “When things are going well, breakups aren’t nearly as devastating, like getting a parking ticket when you’re rich.”

Funny, huh?

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

159 comments Add your comment

Mindy Franklin

June 20th, 2012
8:30 am

He’s funnier than you, so at least he’s got that going for him.

Jennifer Brett

June 20th, 2012
8:38 am

Yes I suppose there’s that.

Jennifer

markie mark

June 20th, 2012
8:42 am

that aint saying much, Mindy….he is supposed to be a professional comedian, Jennifer isnt……

C. Tampa Ironworse

June 20th, 2012
8:45 am

I’m offended more that he thinks Kathy Griffin is funny than anything he said about females in general. Also, the Make a Wish joke is kinda funny.

Carl the Groundskeeper

June 20th, 2012
8:50 am

Finally and AJC headline that I agree with

woodrow

June 20th, 2012
8:52 am

Actually Tina Fey was never funny to me. Now Carol Burnett is the funniest comedian I’ve ever seen. Lucille Ball is a close second. Sarah Silverman is very funny. And there is likewise only a few guy comedians I care for. Carolla never was funny to me. His topics are funny so he has good writing.

Roekest

June 20th, 2012
8:52 am

Get it on! Got to get it on! Mandate. Get. It. On!

Bobo

June 20th, 2012
8:54 am

What’s the problem? Except for thinking Kathy Griffin is in any way funny, he’s mostly got it right. Most women are too emotional to do sarcasm or deadpan delivery correctly. Amen to Joy Behar….she sucks so bad. Unbelievably she somehow keeps her job.

Andrew

June 20th, 2012
8:57 am

This is exactly what Carolla was addressing. Hack female “comedians” who’ve never produced more than a slight smile have long careers because no one wants to say “That broad up there is not funny” because they’ll get slammed with all these accusations of being a sexist or a misogynist.

clue

June 20th, 2012
8:57 am

The writer of this blog obviously has never listened to 2 minutes of his #1 most listened to in the world podcast. The blog writer has an opinion but it’s not an informed one because she doesn’t listen to Adam Carolla. That is a fact.

Bobo

June 20th, 2012
8:59 am

By the way…..typical female stand-up always seems to tell cliched jokes about PMS, men being pigs, dieting, or cute things kids do. None of these topics are at all humorous.

willie

June 20th, 2012
9:00 am

There is nothing that he could have said that you would have found funny. Having said that, his comments go under the “even if you know it’s true, don’t say it” category. I’m not sure why so many people have trouble remembering that rule.

Jan

June 20th, 2012
9:03 am

Sarah Silverman is the most unfunny person. Nothing about her style is funny….except when she bombs. She’s about as funny as a disease. Hitler’s wife was funnier than Sarah Silverman

jeff

June 20th, 2012
9:03 am

Rik Roberts

June 20th, 2012
9:07 am

BREAKING NEWS: Humourless female blogger offended by Adam Carolla. Cites show she has never watched and book she has never read to prove point. Apparently women are neither funny or good reporters.

dean

June 20th, 2012
9:08 am

“Chicks aren’t funny.” John Belushi a long time ago.

Ginger

June 20th, 2012
9:09 am

Who is Adam Corolla?

truth

June 20th, 2012
9:10 am

Sherry Shepperd – 100% no joke, this is a woman that didn’t know the world was round until a few years ago. That is all that needs to be said. She is an unfunny woman but can be on TV every single day. George Lopez is an equally unfunny man and his late night show was cancelled because he wasn’t funny. But Sherry Shepperd and Joy Behar can succeed on day time TV because they cater to a women’s audience who aren’t watching them because they are funny, but because they are unoffensive.

truth

June 20th, 2012
9:12 am

Also, Adam Carolla has said this very thing on his podcast many times and played clips of “The View” of the completely unfunny now version of Whoopi Goldberg just to prove the point of what a complete joke that show is. But the way the media works today is that a story gets picked up and people with 100% meaningless jobs like the writer of this blog pick it up and comment on it because they have to find something to write about in their completely meaningless unimportant job.

Ty Web

June 20th, 2012
9:18 am

Riveting story here………… Actually Adam is quite intelligent. Based on his abilities, not his gender, he has earned his jobs. This blog is a typical media hyperpole.

Jeffrey "Randall" Simmons

June 20th, 2012
9:20 am

I agree with Adam 100%. (hope this post doesn’t get deleted)

Michelle

June 20th, 2012
9:20 am

Adam Carolla is a jerk that can’t open his mouth without sticking his foot in it.

Rik Roberts

June 20th, 2012
9:25 am

Sticking his foot in his mouth would be an indication that he was doing himself harm with his comments. Humorless pre-menopausal women aren’t his audience so his comments aren’t hurting him at all.

Lisa

June 20th, 2012
9:27 am

Newsflash: Carolla doesn’t give a crap about how you react to his opinions. He doesn’t have to. He is at the helm of his own Pirate Ship and doesn’t report to The Man anymore.

No choice but to Get it On! Mandate, Get it On!

Mark Richt

June 20th, 2012
9:27 am

There was a great article in Vanity Fair about why women aren’t funny…. The gist was that they don’t have to be. Everybody knows it… Who cares? It is a stereotype with some truth to it.

Wes

June 20th, 2012
9:28 am

I know it sounds sexist to say it, but I agree with him for the most part. It’s funny how during some situations, women love to point out the differences between them and men, but in others, they take offense. I don’t know that woman can’t be funny, but I know that when I turn on the comedy channel on slacker, maybe 90% of the woman comedians get skipped by me. Not because I hear a woman’s voice and immediately skip it, but because after listening a few minutes, they don’t make me laugh.

Not I also skip some unfunny men comedians, Dave Attell being one of them. I’ll listen to Lisa Lampanali(sp?) but I won’t listen to Margaret Cho. Every joke she tells seems to involve what her vietamese mother thinks of her being a Lesbian. Move on and show me you can make jokes.

D

June 20th, 2012
9:29 am

Adam Carolla tends to say things a lot of people are thinking but don’t want to say out loud.

RxDawg

June 20th, 2012
9:32 am

Is it fair to say “women aren’t funny”? No, it isn’t. Some are. Is it fair to say “men are funnier then women”? Yes, I think it is. I don’t have the numbers in front of me, but I’d wager that there are WAY more male successful comedians then female. Is that sexist? Is that not politicaly correct? I’m sure there are plenty of sissies in our society that will cry about that, but I don’t care anymore. People cry about everything these days and it drowns out the really important stuff to cry about.

Bob

June 20th, 2012
9:32 am

It’s kind of sad when our political correctness b.s. has blinded us to the simple observable fact that black guys are usually going to play basketball better than Jewish guys, and that men are usually funnier than women. It doesn’t mean there are no funny women or good Jewish basketball players.

What is so offensive about the differences with which God created us? Egalitarianism is destroying our brains and our souls.

Bobo

June 20th, 2012
9:33 am

I find it ridiculous that men are somehow expected to keep quiet and not ‘offend’ women by pretending that talentless female comedians should be given a free affirmative action pass for their crappy jokes and stupid programs like the view. Rodney Dangerfield thought of 10 times as many funny jokes taking a dump than Whoopi Goldberg has in an entire career.

Bobo

June 20th, 2012
9:35 am

Enter your comments here

Bill

June 20th, 2012
9:39 am

Bob, I agree with you 100%. There are certain things men were created to do better and certain things women were created to do better. That doesn’t make them more or less important, just different.

mike

June 20th, 2012
9:40 am

Bet this column would have nothing but love for AC if written by a dude….Adam is correct, men are funnier than women….look around your work area…..very seldom do you find a co-worker female as funny as a guy and if they are, they are trying too hard to keep up with the dudes…….Women just need to learn to be confident in their own skin…….and realize that guys are idiots…mars v venus

James

June 20th, 2012
9:41 am

Was Whoopi Goldberg ever funny?

Steven

June 20th, 2012
9:43 am

Women, instead of being offended by this and lasing out, just accept that its true – because it is. Women are better than men at alot of things – nurutring, looking beautiful, taking care of babies, decorating, making a house a home, being gentle – all extremely important things that make the world a better place. Embrace that and be proud!

Bryan

June 20th, 2012
9:45 am

Slow news day? Seriously, was this even worth writing? He’s a better comedian than you are a journalist. But, I guess ‘bloggers’ can’t make in the real world, so they do the best they can…and if this is your best, McDonalds needs some cashiers. Here’s my summary of your ‘article’: ATTENTION!!! Let’s get outraged because a comedian said something. I don’t care if he’s right or wrong – this is not a matter we need to waste our time on.

Southside Steve

June 20th, 2012
9:47 am

YEAH.. COME ON

THE ACE MAN

June 20th, 2012
9:47 am

Jennifer, get a real job.

Jennifer Brett

June 20th, 2012
9:51 am

Ace Man:

Why on earth would I do that?

Jennifer

Bridget Badeaux

June 20th, 2012
9:54 am

I noticed years ago that women and men have different senses of humor. So it is possible that when a woman makes a joke all the men roll their eyes while the other women laugh about it for days, and vise versa. That being said, most of the comediennes are not funny. For some reason these women feel being obnoxious is the same as being funny. It is not. Please, stop trying.
Oh, and those three “samples” are all funny.

pj

June 20th, 2012
10:06 am

My female friends and my daughter sure make me laugh! He’s certainly not attractive, and I’ve never given him more than a minute’s attention. He’s not funny. and that show was dumb.

Graham Wellington

June 20th, 2012
10:10 am

It is time to bring in the attack crows. GET IT ON ACEMAN!

gadem

June 20th, 2012
10:17 am

women aren’t funny, but they sure can cook and clean…except my wife that is. what are women good for anyway??? Oh never mind I almost forgot…I just had a flashback.

gadem

June 20th, 2012
10:19 am

Jennifer Brett

June 20th, 2012
10:21 am

Bryan
June 20th, 2012
9:45 am

Slow news day? Seriously, was this even worth writing? He’s a better comedian than you are a journalist. But, I guess ‘bloggers’ can’t make in the real world, so they do the best they can…and if this is your best, McDonalds needs some cashiers.

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OK *that* is funny.

Jennifer

BGFHG

June 20th, 2012
10:32 am

Humour all depends on the person. Make a general statement like that it feels like this person is the one to say what’s ‘funny’ or not. I rarely find anyone funny because general peoples humor is just not weird or bizarre for me. I think many women can be funny I liked the main woman on Keeping up with Appearances. She sure was hilarious.

Wood man

June 20th, 2012
10:34 am

Adam is funny, lots of women are funny, Cathy Griffin is not. To me anyways. What’s funny is subjective? What’s funny certainly seems to be related to ones political opinions.

linda

June 20th, 2012
10:38 am

I’m female and have been told many times that I am funny, by men and women. So there.

Kent Brockman

June 20th, 2012
10:43 am

I guess you could say… this barely qualifies as news.

Seriously though, women (generally) aren’t funny. This has been obvious for quite some time. Any argument to the contrary is simply PC BS.

Jerf

June 20th, 2012
10:43 am

Please calm down with the mock outrage. Adam Carolla may not be the funniest guy in the world, but that joke just follows his formula…throw ridiculous jokes at the wall and hope some of them stick. Yes, he was making a joke, I highly doubt he actually thinks having lady parts is directly attributable to a lack of talent.

And Jennifer, although I don’t agree that all women are less funny than men (even though most women ON TV aren’t as funny as men), your sensitive reaction kinda proves his point…shows your poor sense of humor. If Tina Fey said the same thing about men, would you be as upset? I know I wouldn’t care.