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Yes! Thanks for posting about this. Tina Fey's Bossypants also just came out and I think that's where the following quote comes from:
“Amy [Poehler] was in the middle of some such nonsense with Seth Meyers across the table, and she did something vulgar as a joke. I can’t remember what it was exactly, except it was dirty and loud and ‘unladylike.’
Jimmy Fallon, who was arguably the star of the show at the time, turned to her and in a faux-squeamish voice said, ‘Stop that! It’s not cute! I don’t like it.’
Amy dropped what she was doing, went black in the eyes for a second, and wheeled around on him. ‘I don’t fucking care if you like it.’ Jimmy was visibly startled. Amy went right back to enjoying her ridiculous bit. I should make it clear that Jimmy and Amy are very good friends and there was never any real beef between them. (Insert penis joke here.)
With that exchange, a comic shift took place. Amy made it clear that she wasn’t there to be cute. She wasn’t there to play wives and girlfriends in the boys’ scenes. She was there to do what she wanted to do and she did not fucking care if you like it.”

Which I think also does a great job of illustrating the challenge of women in comedy being accepted in Hollywood.

Also, how on earth did they leave out the Manic Pixie Dream Girl?! She's everywhere!

E.C. Henry

Great, thought provoking post, Billy. Ever the master, you've really got your finger on the pulse of genre -- as always. Looks like the rom-com genre is evolving yet again. Remember when the bro-mance was the rage? The raunch-com?

Your post suggest the genre is shifting back to the center. Back were it belongs -- if you asked me. Their is a reason rom-coms are sometimes given the moniker, "chick flicks." Celebrating women in games of chortship IS the center of the rom-com world to me. It's all about cracking the female code and figuring out what makes them tick. For me that's the funnest part about writing a romantic comedy.

Anna Faris is GREAT for the rom-com genre. And the fact she hails from my own home state (Washington) is just icing on the cake! Anna Faris has a very likeable on-screen personna that has shown the abilty to carry sub-par material: "Smiley Face," "Observe and Report," "The House Bunny." Anna Farris' twist on the dumb blonde is a refreshing tweak on one of the oldest stereotypes in the movies. Am I saying E.C. Henry LOVES Anna Farris? Yeah, I think I am...

IF Hollywood ever wants believable women in modern-day suberbia roles they should come-a-knockin' on my door. I've written one rom-com that features a woman who slowly comes to the realization that her husband is having an affair. This is set against the backdrop of a coffee shop that maybe hosted by angels and the Electrical trade industry. THAT female heroine role would be perfect for a Jennifer Aniston/Carlos Bennard (Tony Alemda from FOX's "24") pairing. At least that's the way I envisioned it while I was writing it.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA


Chris: With you there - just get the Tina Fey book, myself - great fun. And that's a perfect anecdote.

EC: "...a coffee shop that maybe hosted by angels and the Electrical trade industry" certainly sounds intriguing. And yes, I'm hoping we're moving in a centrist direction, as Man-Boys have had a choke-hold on the genre for over a decade now...

Erika Cervantes

Great article, Billy! It's awesome to see that both you and Tad Friend are thinking about ways to increase the presence of women in comedy, which is actually the goal of the site I founded, There are so many funny women out there who are just not given the opportunity to show it, and it's amazing how many of them I've met since starting this company. Thank you for all the amazing rom-com advice you post here, including this! You rock!


Thanks, Erika. Your site looks LOL to me, so Living RomCommers - not just the funny females (dudes...!) - should give it a click.


Is this the new Hollywood gripe now? Women are complaining that they're not being portrayed as scratch-your-balls-and-sniff men?
What's so wrong with being a woman? What's so great about being a man that we(women) should all aspire to be one?
Men are being feminized and women are being masculinized and this is being celebrated as being "a good thing". What is wrong with twisted Hollywood???!!!


Welcome Back Jammingirl - always good to hear you rant'n'roar. Hollywood Still Twisted As Ever would be the inevitable headline, yes! You were expecting candy canes and Smurfs?


That's my dream girl!!! I am hoping to be with her one day, no maybe even for an hour! >:)

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