• Sarah Silverman, Amy Poehler’s new TV gigs, Diablo Cody revamping ‘Sweet Valley High’

    Amidst all the uproar of the most recent half-naked picture of Kristen Wiig in GQ for being “bro of the year” and the NY Times letting the whole world know that female comedians are pushing the boundaries of taste and succeeding, there is plenty of great news for women in comedy for them just being funny without any qualifiers. 


    First off, NBC has green lit Sarah Silverman’s pilot, which remains untitled at the moment. The project has taken a cue from the most critically-acclaimed comedies on TV today with it’s single camera format, but it will be more interesting with Silverman being at a broadcast network as opposed to cable. Even in a recent chat with Rachel Maddow who is on MSNBC and not NBC, Silverman, noted in the aforementioned NY Times article for her rape jokes, was completely comfortable talking about the n-word in regards to a Rick Perry scandal when Maddow was clearly not. It will definitely be interesting to see what comes from this dynamic.

    Secondly, Diablo Cody, a seeming maven on the coming-of-age experience and what’s funny about it, is planning on following her upcoming dark comedy Young Adult starring Charlize Theron with an adaptation of the once popular book series Sweet Valley High. Once again, this is proof that women in comedy are not being tapped for projects because they are women in comedy. They’re being tapped because they know funny and, in this case, Cody is a perfect candidate having penned Juno to bring SVH to the big screen.

    Lastly, and perhaps most intriguing, FX has gone to none other than the hilarious and adored Amy Poehler to adapt the popular web series Broad City from Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer into a half-hour TV project. This is just more icing on an already great cake as FX, currently, is home to the popular and groundbreaking series “Louie” and

    It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and has even ordered a pilot from world renowned comedian Jim Jeffries.

    None of these news items will likely change the minds of scantily clad women obsessed readers of GQ. Still, it’s a step in the right direction where the discourse in comedy will be about funny people doing funny things and nothing else.

    Jake Kroeger

    Jake Kroeger has dedicated his life, for better or probably worse, to comedy. Starting and continually running the Comedy Bureau, a voice for LA comedy, by himself, he also writes and performs stand-up comedy in LA and watches more live comedy than is probably humanly tolerable. He's been a daily contributor to Punchline Magazine, now Laughspin.com because he loves and believes in comedy so much. Said of Kroeger, "...without his dangerously insane, unhealthy work ethic, certain comics would not have any press at all."

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