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From http://www.VF.com: Christopher Hitchens rebuts Alessandra Stanley's essay, "Who Says Women Aren't Funny?" To see more pictures and video, read more controversial commentary, and tell Hitchens what you think, visit vanityfair.com.
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coutopraze (14 hours ago)
Boss Hitchens.
rollintroll (15 hours ago)
How is it that I only now, in 2019, am discovering this savage of a gentleman? Time to hit the search bar.
Joshua Graham (20 hours ago)
It all boils down to history where man came back to tell the story of the day to his fellow tribes people. Sometimes women say funny things but that's just about it. All you need is charisma, the ability to laugh at one's self, and balls
J S (1 day ago)
I find men infinitely more funny than women, because they tell better jokes. No other reason.
Frederic Louf (1 day ago)
Evan (2 days ago)
a person (2 days ago)
but i make guys laugh all the time ???
Caio Camillo (2 days ago)
Gosh this vudeo was uploaded 11 years ago
Philadelphia Collins (3 days ago)
Idk my mom is pretty funny
Deborah J. (3 days ago)
We don’t try to be funny we just have a sense of humor 🤷‍♀️
Bob JIm (1 day ago)
Not as advanced still very low just like your knowledge
Drum Ape (3 days ago)
What a brilliant mind.. Women never needed to be funny, why is this so hard to accept?
Gumpy 49 (3 days ago)
Only just seen this, I’m very surprised the vanity fair made a video like this, didn’t think they would have the balls to do so.
Daniel Aleman (3 days ago)
The ONLY film I ever payed for and walked out on was Ghostbusters.
Brandon Neifert (4 days ago)
Christopher Hitches, Meet Jane Austen. Your head will explode. LOL. And what about Lucile Ball? Like, she was legitimately funny. The real problem is nobody knows how to be funny anymore. That's the elephant in the room.
Brandon Neifert (1 day ago)
+brajamtho757 I totally forgot to mention Lilly Singh. She's got to be the funniest person alive, legitimately.
brajamtho757 (3 days ago)
She knew her place.
Sarah A (5 days ago)
Okay but like.... lesbians. They need to attract women so shouldn't they also be wired to be funny?
tom dL (5 days ago)
I wonder how he would have reacted to the gender nonsense of today.
Runi (4 days ago)
I think I read somewhere that they had to move his body to a new, double-wide casket, because he was rolling over so much.
La Serpenta Canta (5 days ago)
this magazine is vile.
priscilla lankier (6 days ago)
Evan (2 days ago)
priscilla lankier joan rivers is dead
priscilla lankier (3 days ago)
+Drum Ape i mean, lily tomlin, lucille ball, carol burnett..
Drum Ape (3 days ago)
Exactly. _One_ name. Please don't be offended, I'm not funny anyway.
Rusty Shack13ford (6 days ago)
R.I.P. Hitch
curm-uh john (7 days ago)
Sarah Silverman is astonishingly unfunny and so cringy, I can't stand to look at her. The only thing funny about Tina Fey is Tracy Jordan or Titus Andromedon. Amy Poehler? No one named Amy is relatively funny. My gf on the other hand is hilarious. Cracks me up every day. But there is a difference in being yourself and trying to write something funny and if you're doing improv people are laughing at you not because of you.
URBAN ASSAULT (8 days ago)
Iv never seen a funny female If anyone knows a name of a females that are funny text me
rosekiller123 (9 days ago)
Women can't Invision themselves as clowns most take themselves Way to seriously really.
Thinking Brain (9 days ago)
I have never met a funny woman in my life except for my mother. Does that count?
Edward Parkin (10 days ago)
Why do you think the left can’t meme
Brynley Jones (10 days ago)
Back in the days when Vanity Fair had balls
Cleveland Alabama (10 days ago)
“Now, a group of unfunny women are striking back in Vanity Fair”
Samir Sehgal (10 days ago)
What a fantastic time that we took for granted! 11 years later! Imagine if this was posted today!
Peter Flood (10 days ago)
Lucille Ball was funny.
Glen Gauthier (11 days ago)
Women still are not funny, years later lol. To much feminism and politics involved when they try.
GAS (12 days ago)
One man had the audacity to tell the truth.
Mohammad Nachawati (12 days ago)
I think women are more naturally funny.
Mohammad Nachawati (11 days ago)
+John Cronin Lol, but i think it's still true, that women are naturally funny. Men, are more funny when they try. Hence, women comics being less popular,. Because they are tying to be funny (which isn't as funny).
John Cronin (11 days ago)
You're just trying to get laid now.
Jes (12 days ago)
11 years later they're still joke me to sleep
leon scott (13 days ago)
There r a lot of funny women. I think comedy in standup is not the same thing as funny. Someone's my favorite funny people r in shows in movies and they r women. All the women in the office are out of this world hilarious for example.
M Smith (13 days ago)
I disagree. I think most women are a joke.
Bubblezz (13 days ago)
The thing i realized about women is when they're just being themselves they're funny without realizing it well at least in my experience
Milena Karla (13 days ago)
2019. I legit thought this video was launched this year. I tried to watch some women's stand up shows on netflix, but most of the jokes were dirty and I just personally don't think it's funny to laugh at, you know, private parts and also, some of them were really rude about younger woman, like, I saw one (pregnant) saying: "If I see a 18 year old I think f*** you, I don't even know you but f*** you!", like?? Really? Just because she's young? She is gonna get older someday too you know. I was 19 watching this and I felt uncomfortable. It's just a very harsh type of humor with most woman. Butt Yes, there are a lot of funny women, most of them I encoutered in real life. Ellen DeGeneres, Chelsea Peretti, Colleen Ballinger, Liza Koshy, Lisa Kudrow, Elizabeth Holmes...
Seth K (14 days ago)
What about Lucille Ball.
Nirmalya Roy (14 days ago)
Male Comedians: We write jokes Female comedians: We cringe
Ben Davis (15 days ago)
Patrice O’ Hitchens I mean Christopher O’neill I mean..
Joe Morton (15 days ago)
What about DRUNK WOMEN??? Drunks are always funny, right? Are we really just too busy thinking about taking advantage of them to LAUGH??? I am curious, because women just don't laugh at my jokes... IMHO
I am Sal (15 days ago)
women will never be funny
Janette Jack (17 days ago)
What about Bridesmaids? That was extremely bloody funny!!!
Alexander Canella (12 days ago)
Bridesmaids is dope.
waki (13 days ago)
nah, their humor looks fake. women can be humorous only privately when they don't even try to be funny, their humor is unique.
RayAKAme (17 days ago)
Aubrey Plaza is the only exception that comes to mind
Willi Hansen (17 days ago)
That's why making an all female Ghostbusters movie seemed to such a great idea.
Max Baker-Reid (18 days ago)
This guy's an idiot. 😂
kizonthekeys (13 days ago)
You better ask somebody and rethink that comment lol.
Vitor Oliveira (18 days ago)
Just one thing to add : They aren't funny while expressing themselves ! Thats clear as water. But is hard to mesure their ability to write something funny, since it requires no social skill, but a understanding of how people laugh, wich is like the theory of an social skill, and therefor can be learned. Tho ... If any theory of an social skill learned was better to produce results then the social skill itself, would exists a lot of very funny commedians . So, i think, even then, womans would still not be as funny as mens
Bum Face Gammon (18 days ago)
Kathy Burke.
Matt Boyd (20 days ago)
Joan rivers is a genius. And there are funny women out there. But generally speaking, WOW he’s right hahah. Especially nowadays.
Extra Leaps (20 days ago)
hihahi lalaland (21 days ago)
I only like Joan Rivers
Jerome Beaule (21 days ago)
This is 2019 and women are STILL not funny.
Stephen Smith (21 days ago)
And now we have “comedians” like Hannah Gadsby. Hitchens was right all along.
S Sutcliffe (23 days ago)
Still the sexiest man alive, even though he's been dead these long years.
Rocky MCMXXLIII (23 days ago)
I think most men laugh at women not with them.
Randy Rogers (24 days ago)
Hitchens can rest easy knowing that his theory still holds up in 2019
Shawn DeJesus (24 days ago)
Love Hitch although I gotta admit it is a cruel joke that he died of vocal chord cancer after he became famous for lecturing people on how God doesn’t exist 😂
Tiktaalik (24 days ago)
Why Hitchens is still dead.
Edric Westman (25 days ago)
What do you mean women aren't funny?!? Just look at Amy Schumer! She's so funny! She says the "V" word! Oh naughty naughty Schumer you're a comedy genius
Jermaine Ellis (26 days ago)
the world more like him..miss you
Kostěj Nesmrtelný (27 days ago)
2:10 boom
Rufus Slothkowski (1 month ago)
"Most men are fantastically unattractive."
Ethan Croft (1 month ago)
"What has been the result of my article? To make sexier women try harder to amuse me. Well that was my whole plan to start off with." AHAHA!
Tatsujiro Kurogane (1 month ago)
Proof that even the talented have their off days. What a load of sociobiological rubbish.
dalmurja (1 month ago)
Miss you, Hitch.
Common Sense (1 month ago)
I think it's true, I am a woman and I can't have female friend, because all the women I've knewn don't like dark humour like me. Probably too offensive for their sensitive hearts lmao
M R (1 month ago)
Well of course he’s right. The female comedians who are supremely talented and hilarious doesn’t disprove a thing. Their lives would be very different if they were more beautiful surely but I know it would be a loss for the world of comedy and more importantly for women around the world. Kudos to Hitch for crafting a title sure to be taken literally.
michael smith (1 month ago)
Of course women aren’t funny. 😂. You can’t even make a joke at their expense, they ain’t got a funny “bone” in their body.
A. E (1 month ago)
Love this
Lady_ OreoXD (1 month ago)
As a woman, I agreed and I respect his opinion. Edit: By opinion, I mean facts.
Richard S. (1 month ago)
But some women are funny! (Kristen Wiig for example...)
Navesblue (1 month ago)
So you only need to be funny if you're ugly? Wow. Thanks Hitch. B[
David Olsson (1 month ago)
Still true though xD
pennypay1 (1 month ago)
The thing is that standup comedy is used as the litmus test of how funny a woman is. As a woman, the only time I enjoy standup comedy is when the comedian is male and un-P.C. I don't want to hear about feminism or smelly genitals, so I don't enjoy female comedians. We women are funnier in a spontaneous way without the expectations of a crowd, when we're not trying hard to make others laugh.
Inthe Garbage (1 month ago)
Allot of women i find amusing and funny just not as stand up comedians..
childlogiclabs (1 month ago)
2:50 the interviewer started laughing
D Key (1 month ago)
I thought I was the only one who thought women were not that funny
DarkMysteriousObject (1 month ago)
Biggest injustice of the last 10 years is that Hitch is not around to comment on the lunacy
SB Dunk (1 month ago)
Although I agree that women are generally less funny than men and that they don't NEED to be, does no-one else find his argument behind this flawed? He essentially states that being funny is a male trait, therefore women can't be funny and if they are, they're just emulating males. At no point does he back up the fact that it's a purely male trait.
Sophie B (1 month ago)
But making huge generalisations about one group of people will never be true. Just because he deigns women less motivated to be funny it doesn't mean they aren't. Case in point, one could argue that fat women "need" to be funny because most men don't find excess weight attractive (said as a fat woman). He's making huge sweeping statements which I never consider to be compelling arguments.
Riff McClavin (1 month ago)
Even if one disagreed with Hitchens, he always presents his case so elegantly. A truly remarkable man, sorely missed.
Connor Krix (1 month ago)
Sorry ladies We got George Carlin, Eddie Griffin, Chris Rock, Bill Burr, Bill Hicks, Kevin Hart, Lewis Black, etc You guys have Amy Schumer and Ellen DeGeneres. Both feminists who make sad attempts to paint themselves as comedians by making stupid puns, talking about equality and occasionally throwing in an "lol white people"
Paul Smith (1 month ago)
I love this guy!
RobS ZZZ (1 month ago)
Dude said “dykes,Jews or butch” 😂
nilwar htims (1 month ago)
phyllis diller hilarious sarah silverman not even close
frispo73 (1 month ago)
Do male animals have to be funny altso?
alphabet933 (1 month ago)
11 years on - and I'm not sure that he is wrong. Kinda wish he was, but...
Hvc Tazz (1 month ago)
Dingle Berry (1 month ago)
He is a very hateful man. Was. Was
F F (1 month ago)
That zoom in when he said dikes, butch, and jews lol
Flux Standard (1 month ago)
OMG why did he have to die!!!!!
Jazzkeyboardist1 (1 month ago)
Because Chrissy Hitchens felt guilty about his mother
Fletcher DeMaine (1 month ago)
Amy poehler was funny in Deuce Bigalo.
benny theGreat (1 month ago)
50.8% male and 49.2 %female actually
Weeaboo Generator (1 month ago)
women are not and never will be funny, they just aren't funny, im sorry but I will forever see a girl trying to be funny as being quirky because I feel I am genetically programmed to assume women aren't meant to be funny
Coco Butter (1 month ago)
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Matt JC (1 month ago)
Men are funnier because it’s evolutionary and it’s been a proven tool to get laid since the dawn of our species. I agree
anna stewart (1 month ago)
I feel like I’m supposed to automatically be offended by his comments, but..... I’m not in the slightest. He has a reverence for women. He’s so charming! I love his brain 🧠
Robert Quinn (1 month ago)
4:25 - he sticks his tongue out in surrender.
Rosa Del Rio (1 month ago)
He was pretty respectful on his argument, and all that saltiness against him makes his point even stronger, unfortunately.
Ocatico1 (1 month ago)
It seems incredible to me that he could say that, Hitchens was educated and also advocated in favor of equal rights. But, he did not take into account the biases that underlines society. When you are exposed to males only comedians and told that once you make a girl laugh you're halfway done with her (implying men HAVE to make women laugh) then naturally people will think that men are funnier. It doesn't make it a fact. It just underlines an unconscious effect of massive groupthink. I would have been more interested if the response article hadn't been "no but look at this woman she's funny" because they don't adress Hitchen's argument. And if he had had to adress some proper counter argument maybe I'd reconsider.
naratu savage (1 month ago)
I think old women funny

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