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Correct, they're not. Wrong!
Debate Score:241
Arguments:98
Total Votes:297
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Women are not funny.

Women don't need to be funny.

Correct, they're not.

Side Score: 108
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Wrong!

Side Score: 133
8 points

We're as serious as a 10-car pile-up. Seriously.

6 years ago | Side: Correct, they're not.
dacey(1043) Disputed
3 points

you funny woman you!.................................................................................................!

4 years ago | Side: Wrong!

Women in the main are unfunny. If you go on to quote a few female comedians than you have missed the point. (also, if it is any indication, the list of funny male comedians is endless and not made up of 5 or 6 prominent names that always pop up).

First, in theory women don't have to be funny. Men evolved in competition for women, and one of the ways to barter a lover is through clever and ironic wordplay (especially when men are in generally, "fantastically ugly). Thus, the female counterpart evolved as primarily an audience.

It's also noteworthy that the funniest female comedians are dykes, self deprecating Jews, or butch. In other words: Emulations of Men!

In my experience all my guy friends are terrifically funny in some way, shape or form. The girls on the other hand are merrily satisfied being the ones from which the laughter springs. On those rare occasions when I hear the female ilk attempt humor, it is either through the retelling of a story and thus not a creation of their own, but a relaying of experience ("Let me tell you about my last period!"), repeating a meme or already known joke, or is down right malicious and insulting (ranging from fat, to "take a shower", or various other things which make up whatever the antithesis for wit is).

That does not mean they don't have a sense of humour. People are hesitant to admit that women are generally unfunny because many equate cleverness, wit, homour etc. with intelligence. This can be true in some ways. The ability for a good comedian to come up with a comeback to a heckler can be based on memory, observation, vocabulary comprehension, processing speed, and perceptual reasoning speed. These are the things that most IQ tests test for. However, just because you aren't good at contriving jokes, does not mean you lack these things. The ability to pull a joke out of thin air just tends to be more obvious because it happens in every type of forum.

So are women unfunny? Terribly unfunny I'm afraid. But that doesn't make them defective. Women, it is proven, have better language comprehension and think abstractly when it comes to communication and conceptualization. They are also more nuanced (whereas comedy is direct, the nuances being shallow ironies) and therefore surpass men in other things. So they are by no means inferior. They are just women. They are who they are. I love them all the same/

Why Women Still Aren't Funny

6 years ago | Side: Correct, they're not.
5 points

I second hamandcheese's statement.

6 years ago | Side: Correct, they're not.
Banshee(288) Disputed
2 points

I don't see any evidence from this debate that either gender is at all funny.

Make some jokes and prove the point, for heaven's sake.

5 years ago | Side: Wrong!
1 point

go to the comedy section i have posted a few there.CANT wait to work out how to upload my video of me doing my favourite joke....tis' so so so funny.

4 years ago | Side: Wrong!
1 point

This guys depressing to listen to hope you don't take offense to that.

2 years ago | Side: Wrong!
jsscstm(6) Disputed
1 point

The existence of this argument alone is enough reason for the topic to be debatable!

heehee.. .

Why shouldn't women be funny, why? :D

6 years ago | Side: Wrong!
5 points

Well they're lumpier then Men are but if you compare our genitals side by side...?

Men win.

6 years ago | Side: Correct, they're not.

In order to be funny, you need to be able to see the humor in things. For example, if men are practicing with their bows and arrows and one of them gets shot in the ass, the other men will spill their beer laughing while a woman runs up screaming, "Oh my God! Call 911, get me a band-aid quick!" which only makes the men laugh even more. This is an evolutionary advantage because if women didn't take things seriously, we would become extinct. I mean, women are pretty much responsible for nurturing and preserving the species. Someone has to be the responsible adult.

5 years ago | Side: Correct, they're not.
dacey(1043) Disputed
1 point

not me id be lmao,my mate and i were walking along talking when i could see she was about to walk into a tree ,of course i didnt warn her,i was already mentally pissing my pants laughing.BUT i am kinda unlike most woman i know....maybe its all our split personalities in conflict with me.

4 years ago | Side: Wrong!

Yeah but then again, you're one of those psycho Feb. Pisces ;)

4 years ago | Side: Correct, they're not.
3 points

Women are not funny. I have never met one or seen one on tv that I find remotely funny. Women can only talk about or discuss serious situations and cannot grasp the concept of an amusing hypothetic situation that whilst would be unlikely to occur, would be funny if it did. Sadly most female comedy acts are extremely unoriginal and usually full of dross on how pathetic men are. Great.... not funny, not interested and not ever going to be funny no matter what woman decides to do it. The only situation where a woman can generate humour is unintentionally, for example when they fall over.

6 years ago | Side: Correct, they're not.
2 points

LOL. Women aren't funny.. not intentionally anyway.

There are a COUPLE of funny ones.. maybe 1 in every 20, but MOST guys tend to be funny. This shouldn't really even be a debate.

5 years ago | Side: Correct, they're not.
1 point

Women already have men's attention, they don't need to be funny.

6 years ago | Side: Correct, they're not.
3 points

I'm favouring myself because I believe there is fairly sound evidence supporting evolutionary biological reasons why women needn't focus energy on this attribute and men do. [Looks for evidence.]

6 years ago | Side: Correct, they're not.

Here is an article worth reading geoff. He backs up the idea that men are funny for evolutionary purposes and cites a Stanford-medical-school study that investigates the reasons for the humor gap. I recomend watching that video I posted in my other post too.

Supporting Evidence: Why Women Aren't Funny (www.vanityfair.com)
6 years ago | Side: Correct, they're not.
pao09(153) Disputed
0 points

That is not true. Some of the funniest people I know are women, and they do not do it to get men's attention.. they do it to get everyone's attention. There might not be as many women that earn a living with comedy.. but that is just because they have more important things to do in life...

6 years ago | Side: Wrong!
1 point

Listen to me carefully, and may all of you will learn something practical today. Being funny or intelligent are just resources used by the imperfect or poor males to get some sex. For that reason, womens doesn't need those resources. Any of you know about a great female comedian? (I mean, not second line comedian like Whoopi Goldberg or that woman on Seinfield)

6 years ago | Side: Correct, they're not.
1 point

no one ever wanted to hear about your period except for some guy with some really sick fetish and other women

4 years ago | Side: Correct, they're not.
shjff0404(1) Disputed
2 points

no one ever wanted to hear about your bodily fluids, racist penis length, sexist, dumb blond and dead babies jokes.

2 years ago | Side: Wrong!
1 point

I've never met a funny woman in my entire life.

Sarah Silverman is NOT funny

Kathy Griffen is NOT funny

Margaret Cho is NOT funny

Come to think of it, all of the class clowns and funny people in my school were always guys

Women simply don't need to be funny. They sit back and let men entertain them. Their job is to sit there and look pretty, while collecting free dinners and movie tickets from the funny guys who wanted to impress them with the humor

4 years ago | Side: Correct, they're not.

Will a women trie to awnser this question WHAT NUT PRAYS.

a Alm -ond Like before you eat

3 years ago | Side: Correct, they're not.
1 point

Only women with no sense of humor are arguing against this :)

2 years ago | Side: LOL
1 point

Just my own experience... not a chance...but there might be some out there. Might!?!?!

2 years ago | Side: Correct, they're not.
0 points

Women r stoopid hahaha loolz. My cat tells better jokes.................

2 years ago | Side: Correct, they're not.
6 points

Tina Fey and 30 Rock are great, and Sarah Silverman has moments of genius. Check out both of those shows and tell me women aren't funny.

6 years ago | Side: Wrong!
5 points

Naming 2 or 3 funny female comedians is missing the point of the topic. Of course there are funny women, but "Women are not funny" is about what they're like in general.

6 years ago | Side: Correct, they're not.
korihill06(124) Disputed
3 points

When I envision a man who thinks in such close-minded, "GENERAL" terms (or one who goes by the moniker hamandcheese), I picture him sitting on a couch, drinking some stale PBR and laughing WAY too hard at Dane Cook stand up. Oh, did you not realize Homer Simpson is only funny because he's a satirical character? There, there.

6 years ago | Side: Wrong!
shaneyam99(112) Disputed
2 points

i never saw thirty rock is that that show that was cancelled like twenty years ago?

4 years ago | Side: Correct, they're not.
1 point

Funniest Women in Comedy:

1) Tina Fey

2) Sarah Siverman

3) Chelsea Handler

...

983) Rosanne Barr

...

23,222) Rosie O'Donnell

6 years ago | Side: Wrong!
5 points

Sarah silverman is number 2 ? hmmmm.

6 years ago | Side: Wrong!
4 points

Rosie that high...no way...

6 years ago | Side: Wrong!
3 points

Don't forget Amy Poehler!

6 years ago | Side: Wrong!
4 points

Have you met my sister? One of the funniest chicks I know. Also, have you ever watched Last Comic Standing? There are plenty of funny women on that show. Effing sexist.

6 years ago | Side: Wrong!
3 points

If men had a sense of humor, they'd use it!

6 years ago | Side: Wrong!
2 points

Are you kidding? Some women are the funniest people on the planet. Listening to Hillary Clinton give a speech always leaves me in Stitches.

6 years ago | Side: Wrong!
2 points

Are you trying to be funny?!

6 years ago | Side: Wrong!
2 points

First of all, humour is subjective...so deciding the ability of what gender is more capable of humour would first mean having to put limits on what humour is.

Furthermore, saying that humour is the only way to attract a mate and that only men can profit from its use would be false. It is a tool of attraction on both sides, but not the only one. Not to mention, humour also serves a function in developing our brains.

Finally, it would seem to me, that if you looked at the evolution of humans, that women would be more apt for humour because when we were a hunter gatherer society, men would separate from the tribe and needed to be quiet during the hunt, while women would stay at the camp in groups chatting in order to ward off potential predators. More talking, more likelihood of humour.

(haha...I just realized that my response makes me seem like I have absolutely NO sense of humour and I was defending those without it...damn internet!)

6 years ago | Side: Wrong!
3 points

Your evolutionary reasons ignore a lot of the facts. First, that women are purposefully more emotional. They were the primary care taker of young and needed emotion among other reasons to protect the gene carrying offspring at all cost. Emotion can get in the way of making funny jokes, when many jokes point out faults, are satirical, etc.

Moreover, in biology we've found that the males normally compete for the female. One of the ways to do that is to woo her with humour. At least thats what Christopher Hitchens speculates, adding on to a Standford-medical-school study that investigated the humour between men and women. Men are for the most part sperm machines. When horny, they aren't that picky. When sexually sober, they aren't that picky either. Women on the other hand would be much more selective because it's 1. a 10 month commitment whereas men can spread his seed with not much of a wait time in between 2. women have a much more limited number of sex cells whereas men have a seemingly unlimited capacity. For these reasons female mammals are picky whereas men aren't as much.

6 years ago | Side: Wrong!
2 points

Ya know Women are funny... i laugh at alot of them.

NEXT!

6 years ago | Side: Wrong!
2 points

gottta love tina fey. 30 rock is the most well written comedy show out there. who doesn't love Samurai I Amurai

6 years ago | Side: Wrong!
geoff(741) Disputed
2 points

I hadn't heard of Tina Fey. I watched this on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p12CtaEQRjk . I understand the context, get the gags. She's not funny.

6 years ago | Side: Wrong!
2 points

most of them aren't funny, but some can be when they make sexist jokes. like sarah silvermen and amy shumer.

and this hot comedian who talks about how even she doesn't think females are funny. basically, when women place themselves as inferior or in strong sexual manners, they can actually be funny. but whenever i see a woman trying to joke about her relationships and shit, it's boooooring.

6 years ago | Side: Only the degrading kinds
2 points

I know a couple that I like to hang out with because I have a good time, it comes naturally from them, and don't need to be comedians. I have to say generalization leads you nowhere.

5 years ago | Side: Wrong!
2 points

Trust me woman are funny... My mum is one of the funniest people i've met she has a better sense of humor then my dad.. I guess most of the woman you know are boring cause i know woman are funny

5 years ago | Side: Wrong!
2 points

I'm funnier than my husband, so that says something.

Plus, I think women can be funny because they do some pretty stupid stuff (like applying makeup, while drinking a cappucino, while talking on their cell phone, while driving).

Remember that "what would a hard of hearing genie say?" joke that was up here a few days ago? That's my life, and I"m the genie. And it makes people the really know me laugh their butts off. I also have, hmmmm, speech issues that make them laugh. Ya see, basically, I grew up not hearing speech correctly, so I taught myself how to speak based off what I learned in first grade about english and how certain arrangements of letters tell ya how to say it... ya well, 15 years later I get an awesome slap in the face that what I learned was totally bogus because most words don't apply with that rule. For instance, I pronounced Effeil tower as "ee-full" tower, then I find out it's actualy "eye-full" or maybe it's "eye-fill?" And my most recent, Duchess was "douche-ess",... after I learned that douche was "do-shhh" and not "do-ch".... seriously.....

My disability has made me a laughing-stock... It's atrocious! But I learned to laugh with it, what else am I to do... besides learn the correct way to speech and ask "what?" a bazillion times instead of repeating what I think someone says.

Other than that,

"how do you get a black kid to stop jumping on the bed?"

I hope you know the answer. It's the only joke I can ever remember. And I'm not racist.

Now I've proved my case, women can be funny.

5 years ago | Side: Wrong!
2 points

"Women are not funny", how blunt is that... Its a very subjective topic, some women just aren't the funny type while other women seem to do better in comedy section.

5 years ago | Side: Wrong!
2 points

Kathleen Madigan is funny.....................................................................................!

4 years ago | Side: Wrong!
2 points

Jenny Talia from Australia,....this woman will make you piddle your pants... My personal favourite would have to be the the bastard song. http://www.myspace.com/jennytaliafromaustralia

Supporting Evidence: http://www.myspace.com/jennytaliafromaustralia (www.myspace.com)
4 years ago | Side: Wrong!
2 points

i thought id heard all her songs ...then i just listened to one i hadnt heard before,"Facebook"..you should find it below the bastard song...http://www.myspace.com/jennytaliafromaustralia

Supporting Evidence: http://www.myspace.com/jennytaliafromaustralia (www.myspace.com)
4 years ago | Side: Wrong!
2 points

well, most of them are not. you cant make a generalization based on that most of them arent. my mom has the WORST humor, but my grandma makes me laugh every time. It also is based on your sense of humor. a cheesy joke could be the stupidest thing to one person while it could be the funniest thing on earth. And you have to define what funny is. Do they try to make jokes, are they naturally funny, or are they so dorky they're funny? it all depends on your perspective.

3 years ago | Side: Wrong!
2 points

It's not so much that women aren't funny. It's that a lot of women are afraid to look stupid or gross. Comedy is about self-confidence and not giving a damn about being elegant or classy. The best female comedians or funny women have been the ones who will do physical comedy, gross-out comedy, or say something that might not be pleasant and could offend people.

2 years ago | Side: Wrong!
2 points

By the strictest terms: "Women are not funny" is difficult to debate because of wording.

Humour is interesting in that judging whether something is funny or not depends on personal taste and claiming that someone is funny or not funny is a subjective description and opinions will vary from person to person. With this being said lets state some points points that would be generally agreed upon by the large majority of people that relate to this topic.

1. There exist funny women.

2. There are not as many successful female comedians as their are successful male comedians.

For some reason those who choose to agree with this argument overall think this is enough justification for the statement women are not funny.

To say women are not funny is a fallacy because just because group a has an attribute greater than group b does not mean group b does not have that attribute.

I cast my vote against this argument because it is illogical.

However saying that generally women are not funny is perfectly valid as long as you realise that this is not an intrinsic quality. Contrary to what Christopher Hitchens would like you to believe being funny is not an evolutionary quality. Men did not evolve a humour gene or anything of the sort. Humours is tied heavily to language and interconnecting ideas and culture reference points, what you find humorous depends heavily on your familiarity with it. Basically humour is something that changes with culture, something that changes at are rate so grand that you couldn't reasonably say that humour is selected for through evolution. Also humour is an effect that stems from intricacies in language, not something evolution has a part in. The reason behind women not being as funny as men is purely cultural. Society encourages men to be outspoken and women to be pleasant and submissive. The qualities that are required to be a comedian is something encouraged in men and not women. These qualities are self assuredness, unapologetic honesty and and a refusal to pander. Since men and women both have no problem in understanding a joke I believe the mental faculties involved in their formulation are there, but what is encouraged in one gender but not the other are the qualities that give rise to a good comedian.

Also did people forget that there is no point arguing about generalisations because they misrepresent the population they are trying to represent?

2 years ago | Side: Wrong!
1 point

Women are not funny for the most part. Sure, there are a few funny women such as Tina Fey but statistically speaking the number of funny women compared to the overall population of women is statistically insignificant.

6 years ago | Side: Wrong!
rocknwow(75) Disputed
4 points

DEB...

Maybe it's because they just haven't had the time to develop those skills. I don't even think it's been a 100(?) years since men decided they could have their own voice.

Not much humor in cookin', cleanin' and birthin' the kids.

6 years ago | Side: Correct, they're not.
2 points

I agree. And also, while we're busy cleaning the house and potentially talking gossip and emotional junk with our girlfriends (which is why I don't have girlfriends...haha), the men are busy talking insults and making jokes about everything possible (preferably without women around to yell at them for being rude). :-)

5 years ago | Side: Wrong!
2 points

Your argument is on the wrong side buddy.

6 years ago | Side: Wrong!
rocknwow(75) Disputed
3 points

Not if you want to address a specific persons point of view.

6 years ago | Side: Wrong!
1 point

People who think women aren't funny are usually the same ones that think being funny entails being obnoxious and arrogant.

There might be fewer female standups, but that doesn't prove anything about women's wit. Also, I think women will sometimes bite their lip before telling an indelicate or cruel joke, whereas men will just tell the joke because "we couldn't resist."

My sister is funny. My girlfriend is funny. Ellen Degeneres is funny. And here's a clip of a female comic in Chicago. The noise that erupts after the punchline would be laughter.

this woman has a Morrisey impression

6 years ago | Side: Wrong!
geoff(741) Disputed
4 points

Interesting you say that, in my experience female comedians are more prone to be crude and obnoxious. That video should be on the other side of the debate - she is not funny in the slightest. The audience are giddy in the extreme - perhaps she was funny prior to this segment (doubtful).

6 years ago | Side: Correct, they're not.
WaffleIron(41) Clarified
2 points

I made an argument that most women are too self-conscious to show how funny they are or do the unpleasant gross outrageous things they need to do. The other side of that coin is the female comedians who try to hard to compensate, because they think no one will laugh if they don't attempt what that one guy comedian's known for doing.

2 years ago | Side: Correct, they're not.
Szechuan(100) Disputed
1 point

3 words. Andrew Dice Clay.

6 years ago | Side: Wrong!
xaeon(1071) Disputed
4 points

Wow. That was truly awful.

6 years ago | Side: Wrong!
2 points

And: Sandra Bernhard; Lily Tomlin; Wanda Sykes; Gilda Radner.

6 years ago | Side: Wrong!
Loudacris(913) Disputed
2 points

Sandra Bernhard? That is a stretch. I'm just glad you didn't try to say Kathy Griffith.

6 years ago | Side: Correct, they're not.
geoff(741) Disputed
1 point

That was wrist-slashingly bad.

6 years ago | Side: Correct, they're not.
1 point

Wit used to be really popular. There are author's like Oscar Wilde who made that a huge thing. Now, gross-out jokes, and anything "offensive" are what's considered popular. There are a lot of women with wit. (Maria Bamford!)

1 year ago | Side: Wrong!
1 point

im pretty sure that when people tell me what they think of me the first thing they say is that im halarious. and there are plenty of funny girls i know!

4 years ago | Side: Wrong!
1 point

any funny woman would admit that women aren't typically that funny. Its because first funny women are smart and its obvious that women arent that funny and two because people that are funny dont care as much about stupid shit like whether women are funny or not they just wanna laugh and have a good time.

4 years ago | Side: Wrong!
1 point

womyn can be funny ... think of ... come to think of it i dont know any. but, their fun to laugh at.

4 years ago | Side: Wrong!
1 point

women r funny

thugh i'm a gal i've seen women who made me die laughing

they r the most hilarious people in the world

i've laughed at almost everyone of them

they say th worst pj s

4 years ago | Side: Wrong!
1 point

Women can b funny when we want to b but we are so sick of your crap why make jokes?

4 years ago | Side: Wrong!
1 point

Women are so funny.Go on the net and look up Lony Love, she is so hilarious ;)

3 years ago | Side: Wrong!
1 point

Two names of great female comedians: Chelsea Handler and Kristen Wiig.

2 years ago | Side: Wrong!
1 point

This is completely wrong and sexist i am a male and i absolutely think women are funny. The ( no offense) fat women in Bridesmaids yes i watched Bridesmaids) is F*G hilarious alone it doesn't matter what sex you are its how you think and what you say.

2 years ago | Side: Wrong!
1 point

is there really to make this debate so sexist i don't think so. so yeah get a life and stop being the sicko u are by insulting people by gender.

2 years ago | Side: Wrong!

"You did this to me!"

1 year ago | Side: Wrong!
0 points

wtf!! im funny!! and theres alot of woman comedians! woman are funnier than guys

3 years ago | Side: Wrong!


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