I think the Kids in the Hall (five dudes, no ladies) all did pretty well at playing female characters who were actual *characters* -- they were never just "tee hee, I'm a guy in a dress!" (I also love Monty Python, but I think they did female characters less sympathetically, 15 years earlier.)
I'm out of the loop on current SNL, but: 1.) Many comic actors of any gender can effectively play characters of any gender, at least in a four-minute sketch, and 2.) surely there ARE tons of good African-American female comics out there, and if SNL can't find them they're not looking hard enough.
Uh Rickhard - the festival title refers to who's onstage, not who can be in the audience. I went to an All Jane No Dick show last night, and there were plenty of dudes offstage.
The first rule of being a hipster is: don't self-identify as a "hipster."
Wait, I had to come back here after noticing something else.
EtsySeller (whom Will seems to think is a "Jon" using a pseudonym), said: "A rape joke is like the N-word, don't say it unless YOUR PEOPLE are the ones on whom the oppression that it symbolizes are piled."
Will's response? "Jon I'm not afraid of getting beat up by women, so its different than the n word"
Dude, if your only metric for deciding "Should I perform this potentially offensive joke?" is "Will the offended party be able to beat me up?," you really need to rethink comedy.
"Just because a bad thing happened to a woman doesn't make it misogyny."
True. But when a man is on a stage heckling a woman in the audience about rape and feminism, you know, it probably IS misogyny.
The sad thing is, years later when this dude's comedy career has gone nowhere, he'll probably give his poor acquaintances long lectures about how it was all the fault of feminists and PC police, and not at all the fault of his arrogant, obtuse persona.
Anon, I'm sorry that you & your girlfriend lost her sweet cat. And you were good to take care of the body and bury it.
Not all Portland drivers can stop driving -- but come on, we all can be on the lookout for small creatures. Even if you don't agree that cats should be outside, it's not the cat's fault that the owner made that decision. Plus, there are kids and other creatures who might dart into the roads. Cars often speed like maniacs down our 25 MPH side street. What the hell is their problem?
My cats used to be indoor/outdoor, until one was hit by a car a few months ago. He lived but is permanently injured (oh, and you don't want to know the cost of a few nights in the kitty ICU at DoveLewis -- they're great, but ouch). Now he and his sibling are staying indoors -- both for themselves and the local birds. The cats aren't happy about their new status yet. Another friend who made the transition said it took several months before her cats stopped trying to run outside whenever the door was open for a few seconds. It's hard, since I know my cats loved exploring, but the pain my cat-boy went through in his recovery was even more heartbreaking.
I hope you & your girlfriend can find happiness with a new cat, when you're ready.
The headline made me worry she was going out of business! I'm a vegetarian, but I stop by here every now and then for one of their veggie dogs. Margo Childs (I only knew her as "The Hot Dog Lady," which she calls herself) seems like a great character, always cheerful and blasting punk rock and making handmade signs about her latest specials with colored markers. True classic Portland.
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