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.
"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?