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Monday, March 14 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
The Female Funny: Is It Different For Girls?

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Are men funnier than women? That question is one of the stupider distractions to derail female writers, actors, directors and filmmakers in recent years, because it puts women on the defensive and forces them to "prove" they are funny/write funny/know funny/can make funny. Within the wider challenges of the film industry, this has set up different challenges for women in getting specifically comedic film projects off the ground, from script to directing to funny roles for women to the practicalities of getting funded. Is it because, as NYT film critic Manolha Dargis has said, "It's all guys making deals with other guys?" Is it that women are hidden behind-the-scenes, as was debated in the "Daily Show vs. Jezebel" controversy? Are things changing thanks to trailblazers like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Kristen Wiig? How present are women in the surging Judd Apatow/Jonah Hill/Paul Rudd/David Wain canons - as stars, or supporting roles? And is it harder to get to the audience before the audience - the gatekeepers of the industry (and it's money) - who are those gatekeepers, what does their gender tend to be, and is there a humor divide? Or is funny funny, and can women make dick jokes as well as any guy? Finally, consider this comment: "It is incredibly difficult to find beautiful, talented, funny women over 35.” Every heard that about a dude? That was said by Colette Burson, co-creator of Hung. There's probably a dick joke in there.

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Stuart Blumberg

Blumberg ProductionsStuart Blumberg is a screenwriter and producer whose credits include Keeping The Faith starring Edward Norton and Ben Stiller, The Girl Next Door starring Emile Hirsch and Elisa Cuthbert and The Kids Are All Right starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, for... Read More →
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Irin Carmon

Staff Writersalon.comIrin Carmon is a journalist and commentator. She’s staff writer at Salon.com, where she focuses on politics and culture, and also frequently contributes to other publications and to television programs. In 2011, she was named one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 in... Read More →
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Jamie Denbo

WriterWriter/ComedianJamie Denbo is a writer/comedian living in Los Angeles.
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Rachel Sklar

Editor at LargeChange The RatioFounder of #ChangeTheRatio, advisor to awesome startups, member of secret societies, robust tweeter, media addict on the loose. I love the ladies and you should, too.

Monday March 14, 2011 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Austin Convention Center, Room 16AB

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