Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Quote of the Day


"They make you hire a certain number of chicks, and they’re always the least funny on the writing staff. If my daughter has a mediocre sense of humor, I’m just gonna tell her, ‘Be a staff writer for a sitcom. Because they’ll have to hire you, they can’t really fire you, and you don’t have to produce that much. It’ll be awesome.'"

-- Adam Carolla

That Carolla is a reactionary misogynist shithead isn't news; it's common knowledge by now. But for God's sake, would articles that call him out for it and that aim to disprove his Neanderthalic theory on women and comedy please avoid citing Lena Dunham as their very first example of a really funny woman.

Girls is overrated, mumblecore crap and Dunham is about as funny as colon cancer.

I can think of a dozen women off the top of my head who are funnier than almost any man alive -- certainly funnier than Carolla -- and Lena Dunham isn't one of them.

21 comments:

liquidlen said...

Maria Bamford.

Chez said...

Amy Schumer. One of the funniest people on the fucking planet -- male or female.

Riles said...

S.E. Cupp

Chez said...

Indeed.

Dan Coyle said...

Don't you love it how independently wealthy guys like this make these complaints? How does this supposed political correctness affect Carolla's day to day, seriously?

Here's another funny lady: Jen Kirkman. And another: Judy Greer.

kanye said...

From the article that you referenced: "Take Lena Dunham, for instance, whose show ‘Girls‘ was a breakout hit on HBO this spring..."

Somehow, a show that can't manage to consistently break the 900,000 barrier, despite having the #1 cable show of the evening as a lead-in, is a hit. A show that's regularly outdrawn, nearly 2-1, and loses the much-vaunted demographic to My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding, is a 'breakout'.

I guess in that world, Lena Dunham really is the second coming of Richard Pryor.

JohnF said...

To be fair, he didn't say there were no funny women in the world, just that the ones he'd encountered in the writer's room on sitcoms weren't very funny.

The fact that he thinks Sarah Silverman and Kathy Griffin are funny does tend to undermine his judgment quite a bit, though.

Thomas B said...

What's even sadder than his misogyny would probably be his unironic usage of the terms "dude" and "chick". Seriously, Carolla? Fuck, mate, you sound like one of the irredeemable douchebags from a John Hughes movie. Yeah, you were probably one of those pricks at Jake's house party in Sixteen Candles.

L. said...

To play Devil's advocate here, the point he makes about quota hires can be valid. While it's important to encourage diversity in a workforce, when companies are forced to hire a person from category x as opposed to choosing the most eligible candidate they can be forced to make compromises in quality.

That said, he does say they're always the least funny in the room which certainly makes my douche alarm go off. Though to be fair, 98% of sitcoms are completely terrible so I'd say the bar for "least funny sitcom writer in the room" is pretty low.

Anonymous said...

Hah we'll show him. That douche bag saying off the cuff shit for attention...LET'S TALK ABOUT HIM!!!

Seriously? Anyone is actually surprised the guy that created the "Man Show" said something like this? Its his fucking shtick to be misogynistic.

Next do a write up about Don Rickles being an old, insulting, asshole to morons.

warrenbishop said...

Why do we care what Adam Carolla thinks? I mean, seriously.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, all those American industries that have been completely destroyed because of all the quota hiring in this country! It takes all the jobs that go to the TV executive's best friends son...

JohnF said...

Everyone says "dude" and "chick." What nursing home have you been hanging out at, Thomas?

Chez said...

Carolla's no Rickles, dipshit.

alopecia said...

Ken Levine's response is, unsurprisingly, pitch-perfect:
http://www.kenlevine.blogspot.com/2012/06/adam-carolla-is-moron.html

Anonymous said...

Chez what the fuck man. Seriously...at what point did I imply that Rickles and Carolla are on the same level?

Whatever...we get it...you don't like him. His brand of humor (which I don't like either) offends your Victorian sensibilities and you need to be the white knight to all women comedians for some fucking reason. Because real men know that women can't fight their own battles against sexism without a man's help or some shit right?

Chez said...

Yes, I have Victorian sensibilities. That should be so obvious to everyone who reads this nonsense I write here.

And yes, of course I'm trying to defend women because they're delicate flowers who can't defend themselves.

Where are you getting this crap?

Bottom line is that if Carolla's being semi-serious, and I think he is because he's only recently let this side of himself off the chain and since then it's been a hell of a lot of reactionary ugliness, then he's an idiot who really has no idea what he's talking about. He's of course entitled to his opinion, the same way I'm entitled to mine or you're entitled to yours -- but pushing back against how painfully dumb his assertion is is really pretty easy.

Anonymous said...

I thought this was how one is suppose to respond on the internet. Ignore what a person says and then imply something completely illogical and false in an attempt to make them look like an ass. I learned it by watching you dad.

I kid...though I was doing it to return the favor.

But to your point of pushing back, it is fucking pointless and if anything, only serves to help Carolla. Any publicity is good publicity. Hell our entire media system is based on people trolling each other.

But back to your last statement...

So ignoring Carolla's entire career of being a comedian whose humor is based on sexism, we can conclude that Carolla is now semi-serious with his humor because you have just recently noticed it. How the fuck do you honestly jive this with what you have said in the past about Tracy Morgan? At least Carolla didn't imply he would beat his female writers until they wrote a funny script.

Chez said...

What Morgan said was in the context of a comedy show, not a public interview -- and much more importantly, I'm not demanding that Carolla lose his job, whatever that is right now. I thought what he said was fucking dumb and I'm commenting on it. Simple as that.

Chez said...

And it's "jibe," not "jive."

Anonymous said...

I agree that what Adam Corolla said was asinine totally dickish. He should be...as a person, totally mocked for it. Side note...I am really drunk as I may have landed a job on the west coast operating a physics lab blowing shit up and discovering the operating principles of our universe at a major university (I've never been west of the mississippi so this could be really...REALLY new for me). I've been celebrating a LOT tonight.

To say that someone is off...that is, doing a serious interview as a real person as oppose to their image...I don't think that really happens. Look at Stephen Cobert where most people only know of him from his show. His real life, where he is a conservative Catholic, as a Sunday school teacher, does not jive (that word again) with his image.

Celebrities, even the D-minus list, never are really off...and I don't take anything they say seriously.

AH...I got to crash out. Its always fun to bs with you Chez and even though I am too lazy to log in, I truly appreciate your work. When I am on the west coast (washington) one of these days, I have to track you down like a crazed stalker and meet you in person.