New woman-focused comedy site Comediva is worth your time

By | April 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm | 7 comments | Audio/Video, News, Opinion | Tags:

The women (and one other) of Comediva

The women (and one other) of Comediva. And, no, that's not Winona Ryder on the left.

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.

About the Author

Meagan Kate

Meagan Kate is a Portland, Oregon writer and comic. She has been laughed at by audiences at The Brody Theater, The Someday Lounge, Theatre! Theater! and other venues that provide her with the validation she has yet to receive from a long-term relationship. She says things at http://myfacewasred.tumblr.com and you can follow her @MeaganKate.

  • Mary

    I love this site! Its so nice to finally see a website devoted to female comedy. I think the different characters on “The Divas” are great. I love how everyone can identify with one or a combination of two! I can’t wait to see what else they come up with :-)

  • http://comediva.com Erika Cervantes

    Thank you so much for supporting our site! We’re glad you enjoyed what you saw, and the exciting part about being in beta is that the best is yet to come! I mean, have you heard that it’s Unicorn Day on Friday? Yeah. It’s going to be epic.

  • http://www.comediva.com Linda C.

    Thanks for the excellent review! A website’s like a baby, always growing and learning new words like “uncooch.” So we can’t wait to keep revamping the site to bring your heart’s desire in new features, new funny ladies and lots of new content.

    P.S. I’m a Frida/Lucille/Occasional Betty. ;)

  • Caroline

    Hmmm….perhaps I need to do a more thorough search of the site, but I don’t like this as a concept at all. I like black comedians and I’m not black. I like male comedians and I’m not male. I don’t like any sort of comedy that tells a certain kind of audience that they’ll like it. I know more men who love Morgan Murphy than women who do. I don’t think a performer can delegate their comedy to a specific group, it’s up to each listener to decide.

    Also, it’s tremendously heteronormative which is upsetting.

    But, CollegeHumor rose above and there is some good not-frat-bro related comedy on there, so I’ll check back and see if I feel differently.

  • http://www.funnynotslutty.com Jacki Schklar

    You go girls! Hey, why should we have to carry the load all by ourselves at Funny not Slutty? ;)

  • Meagan Kate

    Caroline – I totally agree with you. I think that the Divas series is obviously objectifying men, but there are a lot of solid writers involved in the site. If that’s at the core, I can’t ignore the possibilities.

    And in my opinion, this is better than nothing. I hate to say that – but it’s true. I’m personally sick of not seeing female sketch groups getting good promotion – so if this starts a trend I’m on board. It’s still in beta, so I’m really hopeful that they’re going to grow and expand out of this niche, which I think they need to get off the ground and grow a following.

  • http://www.facebook.com/itsmargaritahappyhour Margarita Happy Hour!

    Comediva is starting to fill that big void Oprah is leaving..wah! I Love this site all already, and had a chance to be an extra in assasins, an ordinary funny girl like myself. Awesome review, I too give Comedivas 1 Margarita cuz I don’t have to be plastered to enjoy it just a mild buzz for an extra burst.