How far is too far when it comes to jokes about politics? When you’re a female comic, the line to cross apparently moves a little closer.
Many comedians are able to weave political opinions into poignant commentary, hilarious jokes, or even an entire Netflix special. The shticks land, the public laughs, reviews are glowing, and they might garner an Emmy nomination. Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and many others have made careers of doing this, insulting policy makers for everything from their press conference declarations to their less than swoon-worthy looks.
But female comedians apparently can’t catch the same break. Facing a sensitive administration, and even more fickle media audience, these days the price being paid for female comics who dare to talk about politics has ranged from TV news chastisement and public apologies for some, to outright firings and show cancellations for others.