Trigger Warning: If you do not like comedians who swear and make fun of everyone and everything don’t read this.
Have you heard of Chelsea Handler? Most people know of her but not everyone. But its obvious that Miss Handler is famous as she had her own portfolio in Time Magazine. Needless to say, she is my favorite comedians of all time, and I have seen her live. Sure Chelsea Handler may be crass, when she makes fun of people of all creeds, disabilities, and backgrounds, but she is simply just joking. She has stated that, ‘I try to make fun of everyone as often as possible, especially minorities.’ Everyone is fair game including Chelsea Handler herself, and to top if off she makes fun of herself the most. I know most people are Tina Fey and Amy Poehler fans as they are more likeable and not as “raunchy,” a term that is used to describe Chelsea Handler quite frequently. But I think that if a woman comedian wants to be raunchy then she should be raunchy. I am doing a two-part blog on Miss Handler and how more women need to be in the world of comedy and that its okay for women to be “raunchy.”
Chelsea Handler tells it like it is and I applaud her bluntness. I know many people argue that Miss Handler’s material is all about her one-night stands and alcoholic inspired endeavors, but she makes fun of people who are ignorant quite frequently such as racists and homophobic individuals as well. Miss Handler also has an empire of four books that have sold in the millions, is a producer for several shows on the E! Network, and has had three of her own television shows, one being her late night talk show, Chelsea Lately. Besides Chelsea Handler there are only a few other female comedians who are blunt in their comedy such as Sarah Silverman and Kathy Griffin. I know there are less “raunchy comedians” such as Mindy Lahari, Amy Poehler, and Tina Fey, but still why should women have to steer away from vulgar comedy? I really wish there were a lot more female comedians out there in general.
Another aspect that is unsettling about Miss Handler to many people is that she has a big potty mouth. She loves to say a lot of four letter words, but to some people it is offensive that a woman swears. I think female comedians should swear, so what if it’s “not lady like.” A lot of comedy is funny because of profanity. So why can guy comedians swear and it’s unsettling for a women to? Next week stay tuned for other reasons why people are not fond of Ms. Handler’s comedy, but would find her work perfectly acceptable if it were coming from a man. In addition I will address what Chelsea Handler thinks about in regards to people referring to her comedy as “raunchy” and that she should also be a woman to look up to not just for her humor but for her charity and gay rights activism.