A HOST on the right-wing show ‘The Daily Wire’ who claimed that comedy is ‘inherently masculine’ and that women are only funny when they’re ‘emulating a man’ was immediately and irrevocably shut down by Derry Girls’ actress Nicola Coughlan.
The American chat show, which consisted of four men sitting around smoking cigars and basking in their own smugness, was like something straight out of the 50’s. Just guys being dudes, talking about how women are only funny if they’re acting masculine, and calling little girls ‘broads’.
Daily Wire host claims "comedy is inherently masculine" and that women are only funny when they're "emulating a man" pic.twitter.com/dUCoS3BrEX
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) September 5, 2019
The egotistical, self-satisfied caricature of masculinity raised hackles on social media, with one such person being the ever-hilarious Nicola Coughlan, who plays Clare in the Channel 4 sitcom Derry Girls.
Quote-retweeting the video clip, Nicola refuted the backwards claims from the four men, using statistics from the show to prove her point.
“Comedy “Derry Girls” (Lead by 4/5 young women) has been-
@Channel4 biggest comedy launch since 2004
-The most successful comedy launch ever on @All4
- The most watched show in Northern Ireland on record
-One of the top 10 Most Watched on @NetflixUK
Dusty old dudes forcing me to humblebrag this early in the day, you hate to see it!
— Nicola Coughlan (@nicolacoughlan) September 6, 2019
She went on to voice her exasperation at having to defend herself, saying:
“Dusty old dudes forcing me to humblebrag this early in the day, you hate to see it!”
Many agreed with the actress’ sentiments, saying Derry Girls was one of the funniest comedies for years and that the host had no idea what he was talking about.
The only possible way for the four men to really, actually believe the words coming out of their mouths is if they have been intentionally ignoring all the fantastic comedy work by women in recent years.
In Ireland and the UK alone, sitcoms such as Derry Girls and This Way up have been taking the countries by storm, and the writers and characters in those shows are decidedly not emulating a man—whatever that is actually supposed to mean.