Aw, hell. Adam Carolla said in an interview today that women aren't funny. This is gonna be a thing for a while, you guys.—
Matt Traeger (@mtraeg) June 19, 2012
This past Saturday, comedian Adam Carolla was interviewed in the New York Post, where he said, among other things, that “dudes are funnier than chicks.” The story seemed to go largely unnoticed until today, when The Onion’s A.V. Club published a story about Carolla’s statement:
Nearly five years after Christopher Hitchens’ now-infamous story in Vanity Fair and 14 years after Jerry Lewis spewed nonsense about why women just aren’t funny, Adam Carolla’s hopping on the bandwagon—or man-wagon, as it were. Carolla, who’s not coincidentally out promoting a new book, Not Taco Bell Material, told the New York Post, pantheon of fair and balanced journalism, that “dudes are funnier than chicks.”
Carolla said that while he doesn’t hate working with women[,] “They make you hire a certain number of chicks, and they’re always the least funny on the writing staff,” he said. He also added, “If my daughter has a mediocre sense of humor, I’m just gonna tell her, ‘Be a staff writer for a sitcom. Because they’ll have to hire you, they can’t really fire you, and you don’t have to produce that much. It’ll be awesome.'”
Carolla did say he thinks Sarah Silverman (who once dated Carolla’s Man Show co-host, Jimmy Kimmel), Tina Fey, and Kathy Griffin—all of whom would probably look pretty good on trampolines—are “super funny chicks.” However, some women, he argues, wouldn’t be funny enough to be on TV if they were men. “If Joy Behar or Sherri Shepherd was a dude, they’d be off TV,” he told the Post. “They’re not funny enough for dudes. What if Roseanne Barr was a dude? Think we’d know who she was?” Barr had no comment, as she was presumably off somewhere in Hawaii counting her money.
The A.V. Club tweeted out a link to the piece, and Twitter proceeded to explode. Overall, people were furious, accusing Carolla of misogyny and insulting his career.
Carolla did see support, or at least understanding, from a handful of people:
For a guy who’s currently promoting a book, this is definitely one way to get his name out there. He’s trending on Twitter, after all.
As for whether this will turn out to be a case of any publicity being good publicity, only time will tell. Is Adam Carolla just being Adam Carolla, or has he hurt his image? What do you think?