Tina Fey Says It’s a ‘Terrible Time’ for Women in Comedy

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Tina Fey thinks this it’s a “terrible time” for women in comedy.

The actress, in a cover story for Town & Country, spoke openly about the struggles of women seeking to make comedies and about the types of questions she gets asked.

“Every single interviewer asked, ‘Isn’t this an amazing time for women in comedy?’ People really wanted us to be openly grateful – ‘Thank you so much!’ – and we were like, ‘No, it’s a terrible time,'” Fey said. “If you were to really look at it, the boys are still getting more money for a lot of garbage, while the ladies are hustling and doing amazing work for less.”

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Along with the questions about women in comedy, Fey said, while doing press for “Sisters,” she and Amy Poehler were also asked whether the two fought and what they fought about.

“We fight about the same things Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg fight about,” Fey said. “Do you ask them that question?”

Fey has been busy on the press circuit, as her latest film, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” based loosely on journalist Kim Barker’s experience as a war reporter in Afghanistan, opens on March 4.

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  1. Real Funny Women says:

    I just watched this short film Love Inc (The Love Machine) really funny. We loved it. Who is Tina Fey?

  2. Phil says:

    “People really want us to be grateful” They should be…and so should the men who are successful in the biz. I hope she isn’t saying she feels denied to be the over paid narcissist she aspires to be.

  3. Bollocks Malarkey says:

    Give me a break, Tina! If you want to know what a terrible time is, go and live in Syria or at the very least try being a single mother with no car, holding down a minimum wage job at McDonalds or Walmart, living in a Section 8, cockroach-infested house, on food stamps, while juggling whether to pay your cellphone bill or the gas bill based on who will cut off your service first. I think a little perspective might not go amiss, here.

    • Vin Lopez says:

      Her response was in scope. She wasn’t asked, “Isn’t this a great time for women in Syria?” or “Isn’t this a great time to be on the struggle?”. Ironically, she is speaking specifically from the perspective of a working entertainer who has observed a gap in the way women in comedy are treated and compensated when compared to their male counterparts. Her income doesn’t make her experience or sentiments any less valuable. All these flavors out here and you want to be salty…shame.

      • “she is speaking specifically from the perspective of a working entertainer who has observed a gap in the way women in comedy are treated and compensated when compared to their male counterparts.”

        females are treated way better than deserve already.

        Any belief to the contrary is delusion or moral posturing for status.

  4. Quam says:

    Making a film as utterly dreadful as “Sisters” is certainly not helping.

  5. Alex says:

    Maybe they were asked if they fought because they were playing sisters?

  6. Probably because most female comics are just not that funny. My sister makes me laugh more than any of these wannabees.

  7. Oh Pleae says:

    Please get over yourself, TF. And you’re getting paid handsomely for those arguably “amazing” comedies. You just bought a $10 million apartment.

  8. Doug says:

    “We fight about the same things Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg fight about,” Fey said. “Do you ask them that question?”

    I’m pretty sure they do. That’s a pretty standard interview question.

    • Just Me says:

      Oh Pleae….and men in comedy get paid even more handsomely….. so…yeah..she has a point. Talking about her $10 million apartment doensn’t change that. When your contemporaries makes more money just because they are men, for doing the same job you do, it’s not right.

  9. Considering some of the garbage films she’s been in I’d say she is correct.

    “…The boys are still getting more money for a lot of garbage, while the ladies are hustling and doing amazing work for less.”

    I’d like to know which ‘amazing’ films she’s referring to. I agree plenty of ‘boys’ are making awful comedies, but let’s not kid ourselves that there is an excess of awesome female-driven comedies making everyone happy.

    • Evangeline says:

      Total agreement. Sisters? That was amazing? As for answering a question about whether she and AP fight, men get asked lots of dumb questions and lots of dumb comments are made to them during interviews, comes w the territory.
      Very, very over whiny, entitled sounding TF.

      • It’s more than whiney. It is inane; inaccurate –not rooted in reality.

        One can ‘whine about an accurate oppression. One /A dame can be successful and still ADVOCATE on behalf of something they observed. (Tho I am personally against pro fem activists even when they are accurate.)

        BUT this is all NONSENSE. It is like creationism: it defies reality — motivated by wishful emotion — but its advocates persist anyway.

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