Back in Shakespeare’s day if you wanted to be a comedian you had to be a man, even if you dressed like a woman. Boy have things changed! The first known female stand-up comedian was Moms Mabley, working in vaudeville starting in 1908. Many have followed, Jane Curtain, Goldie Hawn, Gilda Radner, Phyllis Diller, Whoopie Goldberg, Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, the list goes on and on and on.
Some play roles like the grandmother that suddenly says something totally out of their character, like Betty White. Some are a little more risqué, like Mae West. Others use their cuteness to sell their comedy, like Kaley Cuoco. Make no mistake though, they all have studied their craft and know their jobs well.
Comedy is not easy. Timing is everything. Give the joke away too soon and it’s no longer funny, drag it out too long and its dry and boring. Some have made their acts so political the only ones who think they are funny are the ones who agree with their point of view. Some use sex as shock value, people believing only those kinds of thoughts could come from a man. Some use everyday life, finding the humor in it and passing that on to their audience. Whichever tickles your funny bone is right for you.
Laughter is good for you, it decreases stress, increases immune cells, increases infection-fighting antibodies, releases endorphins and helps relieve pain. Even if it kills you… well, at least you died laughing! So here’s to all the ladies that make us laugh, this is their day! But really, it’s your day because the world is a much better place because of them.