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July 26, 2012

Adam Carolla's observation that chicks aren't funny . . . [Guest Blogger]

. . . wouldn't have been nearly as controversial as it was if it weren't for the fact that it's so damned true. That is, to say that women aren't funny is every bit as true as it is to say that dogs have four legs. Everyone agrees with that. There's really no argument to be had unless you're just one of those literalist prigs who insist on challenging every generalization with every exception to every rule.

Yes, there are dogs with three legs. And everyone refers to them as three-legged dogs. People always remember three-legged dogs because they're exceptional in some way. But that doesn't mean it's false to say that dogs are four-legged creatures. Because they are, and you know it. And the same thing applies to the observation that "chicks aren't funny." Yes, there are some truly hilarious women, and we always remember them because they're unusual. (By way of brown-nosing example, the HQ's own LauraW immediately springs to mind.)

The difference is that if you find yourself at a party in a conversation about the funniest men down through history, you could easily find yourself still pulling names from the past long after the other guests have left and the host has gone to bed. By the same token, if you're talking about the truly great female comics, comediennes and comedic actors, after about ten minutes, you're snapping your fingers and blurting out, "JUDY TENUTA!!!" before shrugging your shoulders and walking off to refresh your drink.

But, I can't help being struck by the bizarre phenomenon that is Roseanne Barr. She's one of those women who are generally thought of as funny by a certain percentage of the population, even though the instances of her actually being funny are far fewer in relation to the proportion of three-legged dogs to four-legged ones. And yet, it's generally accepted that she's funny, making her eligible for inclusion in the litany of funny women people will cite as examples of why Adam Carolla is a slithering misogynist.

As best I can tell, people who include Barr in their lists of funny women just have a completely different concept of what constitutes humor from mine. I tend to find humor in the apt expression of an unexpected and unorthodox thought, the exaggerated physical manifestation of human futility (e.g., other people being struck in the groin with blunt objects and projectiles), and the wages of hubris. Roseanne Barr fans, on the other hand, would seem to have an affinity for the sound of unattended car alarms.

You learn a lot about people when you discover what they find funny. We've established that both Carolla and I tend to find women to be less funny than men, which apparently means we're both prone to domestic violence. So, what does Roseanne find funny? Well, as it turns out: Cancer.

"[A]nyone who eats S**t Fil-A deserves to get the cancer that is sure to come from eating antibiotic filled tortured chickens 4Christ, (sic)" she tweeted Wednesday.

Referencing tweets Barr sent to another Twitter user, Twitchy said "Roseanne believes parents who feed their kids food from Chick-fil-A are child abusers."

Oh, yeah -- and child abuse, too. I forgot about that part. But that's apparently where Roseanne gets her jollies. As perverse as it may seem, you have to hope she's joking, anyway. Because, if the woman actually believes what she's tweeting, she's maybe one degree of psychosis away from harvesting the flesh of male prostitutes.

As I said above, you learn a lot about someone when you know what they find humor in. And if you list Roseanne Barr as a counterexample in demonstrating what makes Adam Carolla an irremediable sexist, you might want to reexamine your premise. And besides, even if you grant the notion that Carolla is the worst kind of male chauvinist pig, how is that worse than whatever the hell Roseanne is?

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