It’s been six years since Christopher Hitchens wrote his infamous (and hilariously ridiculous) Vanity Fair article titled “Why Women Aren’t Funny,” to howls of outrage and boorish laughter. So it was high time for a guy like Paul Feig to stage a take-down. In a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter titled “Why Men Aren’t Funny,” the Bridesmaids director takes jabs at Hitchens’s theory that men are genetically predisposed to being funnier:
It makes sense. Men are genetically programmed to hunt and gather. It is they who must impregnate the herd and protect the collective. And so it’s only logical that their brains would need to possess lower humor standards in order to pass the hours entertainingly with their cohorts while stalking that night’s dinner or standing guard against the enemy. Imagine if they had to amuse their fellow warriors with jokes and banter that were actually funny. That impossibly high standard would leave them in such despair that they would become easy prey.
Good stuff, Feig. We do love the idea of a Stone Age Kristin Wiig, Maya Rudolph, and Melissa McCarthy rolling their eyes at the fart jokes eminating from the mammoth-hunting party.