A few months ago I wrote something on the lack of women on TV comedy panel shows after a long conversation on Twitter with friends in and around the industry. Here’s a persuasive alternative perspective from Bethany Black.
Killer quote: “If any part of comedy is sexist, it’s the audiences.”
As a minor follow-up to my earlier post on women in comedy, ITV’s Comedy Juice managed to break the chaperone rule by featuring no less than four women to three men (including the host, Keith Lemon). Leaving aside that the panellists were minor celebrities and TV presenters rather than working comedians, I’ll just note that the episode was advertised as a pregnancy-themed edition.
On the one hand, we could call it a piece of savvy marketing that made the most of the fact that Holly Willoughby, Myleene Klass and Emma Bunton were all expecting children. On the other, I might cynically observe that men doing comedy is just comedy – while women doing comedy is a special event that requires further explanation.
The rules of FlyerFace are simple: fold/tear existing flyers to make at least one new face out of two old ones. One of the nicest things about this game is that it makes you genuinely pleased to get new flyers which – if you’ve ever sat in a fringe venue – sounds almost impossible. The obligatory tumblr is over here; the hashtag on twitter is #flyerface.
1. No Collage. We’ll leave the Modernist Cubism to the Cubist Modernists, thankyouverymuch.
2. Advanced practitioners may request actors / comedians to pose with their own flyers. Good luck.
3. If in doubt, Simon Callow. A tremendous actor, and a headshot that’s hard to beat.