We all know that women have it hard in comedy. Shit, it’s hard to be a woman in a lot of places. And I love some female comedy icons as much as the next girl, but sometimes I want to appreciate a comic as a comic. Regardless of their netherbits. I like laughing because someone is funny and not because they’re a funny woman.
Comediva is a new site (currently in Beta) that aims to provide comedy (often) by women, for women, in the form of videos and original blogs and illustrations. Their goal to increase the presence of women in the world of comedy is noble, so I dove in and started peeping some of their videos to see what this hullabaloo was all about. And you know what? I expected the worst and was super impressed with what I saw.
First, I checked out the series they’ve created called The Divas, (video below) which is written to showcase a cast of women behind the website as they prepare for its launch. Of course, each woman is a stereotypical female role. The drunk girl, the spicy Latina, the mousey prude, the red-headed sexual dynamo, the uptight bitch. This series is well-written and the characters are well played even though I am often turned off by obvious stereotypes.
My favorite? The redhead. I have fake red hair and I like holding things in my bra. The drunk girl comes in a close second because without whiskey, I can’t make it through a day.
They have some other series spotlighted on their main page (check out Assassins and Lunch Break Shorts), as well as some tasty features on the site… like the Word of the Day! Today, I learned about the word “uncooch.” Very helpful, you guys.
If you head into their editorial section, you’ll see some great original blog posts and commentary. If you hit up the “High Brow Shit,” you’ll see an interview with a “Giggle Goddess,” and it looks like they’re going to make this a regular column. Throughout the editorial sections, you can always click on the names of their writers to get more info – which I love!
I do wish, however, that there was an easier way to see a list of contributors, writers and performers. It kind of feels like you have to dig, and I always like to check that stuff out first. To decide which ones I have crushes on.
A few questions have come up as I poke around, however. First, I signed up for an “account” with them, but am not sure what that means. I can’t tell if I have access to original content or what; I haven’t gotten any e-mails since I signed up, and nobody showed me their boobs.
Secondly, I can’t tell if they have content pulled from other sketch teams or writers – but if so, I’d like to know who they are? And if it’s all original Comediva content, I’d love for them to highlight the performers more. I know they’re in Beta but I hope that as the site expands, they start making their original work stand out a bit more.
I’m really stoked to see where the site goes and what this does for comediennes. And I will be purchasing the Comediva hoodie shortly. So that I feel ahead of the curve.