Why aren't women as funny as men generally?

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25/02/2013 at 20:33
Well, you're right about one thing. It's not to do with intelligence. And men are generally more childish. That's a maturity thing.
25/02/2013 at 20:48

Sue Perkins was talking about this on Front Row tonight.

She found this view to be sexist.  But she never faced homophobia in the comedy world.

There are gender differences, for instance many women find Victoria Wood hilarious.  But as a society, historically the views of women have been less valued than those of men.

One of the most popular (amongst men and in the clubs) for decades: Bernard Manning was one of the most inappropriate; sexist, racist, homophobic you name it...

25/02/2013 at 21:09

Shappi Khorsandi, Sarah Millican and Lucy Porter are hilarious.

25/02/2013 at 21:21

Some impressive repartee already from the blokes on this thread.

25/02/2013 at 21:29
I think it's nurture. Boys in school tend to mess about more and even in work, sports club, Men tend to have more banter etc.

Perhaps females are more sensitive as a rule?
25/02/2013 at 21:30

The essence of a joke is in its unpredictability. The best comedians on stage have generally perfected a way of maintaining that unpredictability. It also helps if the medium that delivers is considered to be in itself unpredictable.

Men are just considered more unpredictable. More given to extremes of behaviour.

They can add an element of tension to the proceedings.

Women are just considered to be more predictable and passive. Which sort of subconsciously give away the punch line.

With a guy you don't know if he's going to make a joke or smash your f....g face in.

25/02/2013 at 21:44

Perhaps Men get more practice taking the piss out of each other to each others faces. Whereas women don't do this much. They would rather wait until one of the group is elsewhere and then perform a thorough character assassination.

25/02/2013 at 22:09

Well without getting too heavy on the subject.

I consider taking the piss out of someone the lowest form of humour as its just a one sided deal more in common with bullying.

Taking the piss out of yourself is a different matter. The guys on 'Top Gear' specialise in that.


25/02/2013 at 22:18
RicF wrote (see)

I consider taking the piss out of someone the lowest form of humour as its just a one sided deal more in common with bullying.

Maybe it's a regional thing, but in Glasgow the way you can tell two guys are best of mates is the fact they rip each other to shreds and laugh about it. It's not bullying, it's banter.

As for the male/female divide on this there are a number of great female comedians, but guys probably have a natural edge in this as from a very young age the funny guy will attract women. It is a social benefit to be the funny guy. High standing with his mates and higher than average chances with the opposite sex. In contrast you never really hear of guys going for a woman just because she's funny.

25/02/2013 at 22:58

men do banter better as said

e.g. building site, factory, football team etc

i went on a stag do, and there was so much banter that the Archbishop of Banterbury took us down to Bantanomo Bay

Blisters    pirate
25/02/2013 at 23:05

Women start the joke off with the punch line, then remember the intro.

26/02/2013 at 06:05

It does depend largely if not wholly on the state of mind of whoever is receiving the joke.

Banter. Of course they laugh about it. They've no choice. If they let on for one moment they are upset about it, they're as good as dead. Just guys hiding their inadequacies behind a contest designed to seek out the others weaknesses.


26/02/2013 at 07:42
Men use humour to get women into bed. Women don't have to.
26/02/2013 at 10:38
Nick Windsor 4 wrote (see)

Bernard Manning was just funny he was a very witty man, he just realised that in the first 2 minutes of his act if he went overboard on any of the pet subjects of the time (Race, Women, swearing even) his audience went wild, then he did his normal act. You're just trotting out what the press wrote about him


Nick Windsor 4 wrote (see)

Women are basically more miserable creatures, probably hormones or something, men are creatures of fancy and have the imagination required to see comedy.

Then there are those men who think they are funny but aren't....

26/02/2013 at 11:11
Surrey Runner wrote (see)
Men use humour to get women into bed. Women don't have to.

Women with a sense of humour keep us there for longer

26/02/2013 at 12:10

Sarah Millican can be funny, have heard her a few times on the radio and some of it was good.

26/02/2013 at 12:24

She's not so much funny as safe, when the TV people removed the old comedians they seem to just put safe people in their places. Even the likes of Frankie Boyle (as nasty as he can be) can be trusted to toe the PC line, so it's about safe TV and polite laughter than real comedy.

26/02/2013 at 12:42
French & Saunders have gotten away with passing off complete twaddle as comedy for over 25 years... How funny is that!
26/02/2013 at 12:46

I agree, French and saunders have never made me laugh, I also don't get this Miranda character, just not funny, can only be there as a token female comedy act.

26/02/2013 at 12:48

Sarah Milli can be funny, but she's well over-hyped.  There is a lot of formulaic dross you have to sit through between smiles.

Actually, Miranda Harte made me laugh out loud more than most TV women....  First in Not Going Out...  and in her own farcical programme, there was some really funny stuff (as long as you didn't let the farce make you too cynical)

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