Adam Carolla: Women Aren't Funny!

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Adam Carolla, a comedian best known for The Man Show and whose career has sunk to a point where he appeared this year on Celebrity Apprentice, is in serious hot water for comments made to The New York Post.

Simply put, Carolla told the newspaper that women are not funny.

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"They make you hire a certain number of chicks, and they’re always the least funny on the writing staff," Carolla said of Hollywood. 'The reason why you know more funny dudes than funny chicks is that dudes are funnier than chicks. 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.'"

Was Carolla worried about backlash when he made this statement? No, he added.

"When you’re picking a basketball team, you’ll take the brother over the guy with the yarmulke. Why? Because you’re playing the odds. When it comes to comedy, of course there’s Sarah Silverman, Tina Fey, Kathy Griffin - super-funny chicks. But if you’re playing the odds? No.

"If Joy Behar or Sherri Shepherd was a dude, they’d be off TV. They’re not funny enough for dudes. What if Roseanne Barr was a dude? Think we’d know who she was? Honestly."

Of course, the backlash came instantly... and humorously, largely from female comedians. To wit, via Twitter:

Lena Dunham: "Wait, Adam Carolla, is he the one who did the voice of the parrot in Aladdin??? He makes me giggle."

Jenny Johnson: "The biggest impact this whole Adam Carolla scandal has had is discovering 95% of people have no idea how to spell 'Carolla."

Danielle Corsetto: "In an ironic twist, 'women aren't funny' ranked number one funniest thing Adam Carolla has ever said."

Molly McAleer: "I don't take Adam Carolla saying women aren't funny seriously. He once told a caller on Loveline to eat a used tampon, y'know?"

Which gender do YOU think is funnier?


retards, he didn't say there weren't funny comedians. he even lists those comediennes he thinks are funny. what he said was on the whole men are funnier than women. and he's right. to illustrate: how many women say a guy's sense of humor is most important versus a guy saying that about a woman? do the math.


Whats funny about these female comedians is I have no idea who any if them are.


When I saw him on Apprentice,I thought he was creepy.No he is not funny just creepy.


There is no comparison. A lot of male comediennes tell disgusting or stupid jokes that are not intelligent and only serve to make frat boys laugh (i.e. you know you're a redneck when....). While many female comediennes tell a story that is funny without it sounding like a joke (i.e. Ellen, Margaret Cho, Kathy Griffin). Sure there are exceptions to both, but it is all about the material. A female comic telling jokes about farting and throwing up wouldn't be as funny to a female audience as a male telling the same jokes to a male audience. You can't compare the two. ...however, I completely agree that Adam Corolla is his own joke. The only funny about him is how much people seem to care what he says.


@heather: Sounds like you have a well
informed opinion. He only has the single most listened to / downloaded podcast on the planet (which has been the case for two years running).


Well, he's an expert at not being funny.


What a douchey chauvinist loser! There are some amazingly funny women in the world. Sure, some female comics are funnier than others, but the exact same can be said about male comics. For example, IMHO Dane Cook is not funny, but there are those that find him funny so it's subjective. Okay, so he doesn't care for Joy Behar's jokes but she targets a different audience! His statement was so stupid because comedy is subjective. Different people have different senses of humor and therefore, there are many varied comics that target those district audiences. Argh! That kind of outdated & incorrect crap makes me mad. What is it about women that makes certain men feel insecure?

Wv peach

LOL @ Heather!! You got that right!


Can't really disagree with him. Roseanne, Joy and Sherri are NOT funny. Kathy Griffin is amazing though...could laugh at her jokes all day long. Betty White too...Off Their Rockers is the funniest show on TV.


Listened to him on the radio for a bit a few years back, I didn't get the impression he knew funny.

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