In 2001, something fascinating happened to American comedy. After a decade of family-friendly “haha” flicks (Mrs. Doubtfire, Liar Liar, Cool Runnings) and a terribly minute selection of inventive comedies and new faces (There’s Something About Mary, Billy Madison, the Austin Powers trilogy), two things happened. 1) Y2K amounted to a hill of beans, and 2) Hollywood got funny. It looks like Funny Girls have all the fun!
After a decade ruled by – literally – four comedy frontrunners- Jim Carrey, Will Smith, Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller- the aughts delivered a Costco-sized deluge of funny dudes all over the silver screen. With a great roar – and a giant bong hit – names like Steve Carell, Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Zack Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Danny McBride, and Jason Segel became insta-fixtures in every cineplex and Netflix queue around the country. Their guru, Judd Apatow, went from freak to geek to Hollywood god. They’re goofy, they’re ridiculously disgusting (in a really awesome way), they’re real. And the best part? They’re funny.
Now, let me get one thing straight. A feminist I am not. I swear on the propane grill that I make my boyfriend turn on because “that’s his job”. But despite this new and wonderful wave of celluloid hilarity, there seems to be a drought of sorts when it comes to letting the funny ladies have their day. That is…until now? This spring saw the release of a celebrated little flick- that is if you consider doing $59 million in two weeks “little”- called Bridesmaids. (Gentlemen readers: this is not the same as 27 Dresses, I promise.) Sprung from the mind of a Rogen-Rudd-Carell-in-training – the lovely Ms. Kristen Wiig – Bridesmaids is basically…The Hangover for the x-chromosome crowd. It’s gleefully raunchy, delightfully crude, and thanks to the side-splitting performances of SNL’s Maya Rudolph and Mike & Molly’s Melissa McCarthy – it’s never-looking-at-your-iPhone-once-to-see-what-time-it-is amusing. And it’s about time.
Attention Hollywood: women like funny women! We are not afraid of them! They’re just usually not that freakin’ funny! Enough with being relegated to the (no pun intended) “straight man” role opposite hilarious dudes. (Read: Katherine Heigl and Kristen Bell.) Let us be disgusting, let us be spiteful, let us be rude, let us be fu-uh-uh-unny. This fall, CBS debuts its much- anticipated comedy, 2 Broke Girls with Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings. Yes, I know, anything will probably be better than watching an Ashton Kutcher-infused Two and a Half Men. But regardless of the outcome (and I’m just saying – there’s a character named “Oleg,” so already I’m psyched), at least the ladies are getting a chance at the funny.