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This ain't no joke: Feminist comedian Bridget Christie at the top of the world - and the Edinburgh International Comedy Festival. The British comedian won this year's Foster's Edinburgh comedy award for her show A Bic for Her, which critiques everyday sexism. (Tickets sold here for you U.K. BUSTies.) Christie is a big deal for U.K. comedy. She is the third female solo act to win this award, preceded by Jenny Eclair in 1995 and Laura Solon in 2005. ... Read More
So blogging about the current state of things can get one pretty down. There aren't a lot of laughs when you're researching rape statistics. So, needless to say, I needed a little laugh. Being a huge comedy nerd, who frequents Maude Night at the UCB more than a sane person ought to, I checked out a new (ish) video from UCB-er Sasheer Zamata. This. Is. One. Funny. Lady. "He pulled his dick out like he was trying to sell me a CD or something!" In an interesting take ... Read More
It's no secret that we have a lot of love for former BUST cover girl Mindy Kaling. I myself offered to send her a birthday card, but I don't think my higher-ups would trust me with her address. Nor should they, probably. Anyway, today the lovely lady turns 34, a pretty unremarkable age, but cause for celebration nonetheless! So let's take a trip down memory lane to see how Mindy went from comedy-obsessed star student to comedy-creating super star! Here's a couple ... Read More
PAJAMARAMA!, your favorite evening of slumber-party classics curated by ladies of note, is back! We've brought you towering beehives and shirtless Jeff Goldblum, and this week, BUST teams up with Salon and Videology to bring you The Best of Gilda Radner. Join author and zine-stress Ayun Halliday for an evening with legendary comedienne Gilda Radner, taken way before her time after a battle with ovarian cancer. Re-live the glory days of SNL and laugh along with ... Read More
There have been many responses to the highly offensive (and incorrect) essay by Christopher Hitchens called “Why Women Aren’t Funny” that ran in Vanity Fair in 2007, and this oral history is the most comprehensive. We Killed chronicles the rise of female comedians ranging from the days of Mary Tyler Moore, up to the present successes of Tina Fey and Kristen Wiig. Some highlights from the earlier years include behind-the-scenes dirt about the ... Read More
 Participating comedian Meg Cupernall With the popularity of women like Amy Poehler and Tina Fey blowing up in recent years, it’s clear that ladies have been taking the comedy world by storm.  And thank goodness for that!  They shine sunlight on the gloom in our lives and make us LOL through all of life’s ups and downs. Well, if you like funny ladies and want to LYAO you can check out the She-Devil Comedy festival this October 24 ... Read More
What could be more fun than Oxygen’s reality hit Bad Girls Club? Well...a lot of things. (Remind me again why that show's on TV?) As it turns out, though, a house populated by our favorite badass lady characters from books, TV, and movies is pretty cool. I present to you Comediva’s BAMF Girls Club, which features characters such as Lisbeth Salander, Hermione Granger, and Buffy interacting under the same roof. This comedic web series debuted on ... Read More
  NBC’s Community is finally returning to its original time slot on NBC tonight. Even better, the newest episode, “Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts” will feature another guest appearance by Malcom-Jamal Warner as Shirley’s estranged husband. Aside from being a smart, well-acted, complex sitcom that makes me spit-take during every episode, Community’s cast and creator have been vocal about having a writing staff full of women. ... Read More
     The brain child of 26 year old producer and writer Issa Rae, The Mis-adventures of Awkward Black Girl is a web show that follows J, a self proclaimed awkward black girl as she navigates through life, love, and work. Tired of not seeing accurate representations of herself on television, Rae rallied a group of friends and college buddies to help produce the first few episodes.  What began this past January as a three minute web show has ... Read More
On IFC's Portlandia, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein lock Steve Buscemi in a feminist bookstore after forcing him to make a purchase for using the customers-only bathroom. Picking up something embroidered with a rotary phone, he says, "I'll take this wristband." "That's not a wristband, that's a coffee cozy," they reply in earnest. From dumpster diving to ear-plugged bike messengers to the Sherlock Homies, a hipster adult hide 'n seek league, the two are funny ... Read More
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