Women Aren't Funny? Says Who?!

Knock, knock. Who's not there in the writer's room of The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien or The Jay Leno Show? Women. Not a single one.

One of the many revelations to come out of the David Letterman sex scandal is this: of the 50 writers currently on staff at all the major networks' nighttime talk shows, exactly zero of them are women. No joke. And it gets better (read: worse): in 27 years, Late Night and The Late Show have hired only seven female writers.

These figures come by way of a revealing Vanity Fair magazine article written by former Letterman staffer Nell Scovell -- one of the rare females to ever write jokes for the man and his show. She jumped at the chance to work with him, and as soon as she saw there was no career path for a woman at The Late Show, she jumped ship.

So why is there so little work for funny women in the TV business? Some scientific studies have speculated that women are not genetically predisposed to be highly humorous. Another Vanity Fair article claimed women aren't funny because they don't have to be in order to nab a man.

Scovell, pointing to the many "talented bloggers, improv performers, and stand-ups" in every city and town, says this is a bunch of B.S. It's hard to argue with that.

And one need only pick up any magazine, go to any movie cineplex, or, yes, turn on his or her T.V. to see there are plenty of successful people who also happen to have XX chromosomes.

But perhaps doing any of the above "research" requires too much work. So here. If you ever hear anyone say the reason women aren't working on funny shows is because women are just not funny, send them this handy, by-no-means-complete list of ladies who bring the laughs. Feel free to add your own.

Kathy Griffin
Funny and not afraid to offend her fellow famous folk, My Life on the D-List star Kathy Griffin has made it to the A-list of comedy.

Chelsea Handler
With her Chelsea Lately show, Chelsea stands alone amid the Jon Stewarts and David Lettermans as one of late-night TV's only female talk-show hosts.

Tina Fey
Um, have we mentioned we love Tina Fey? Sorry if we seem like we're repeating ourselves, but she really is the reigning Queen of Comedy.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus
She became famous by being the only woman in the leading Seinfeld cast, and Julia's still holding her own as part of the Seinfeld reunion on Curb Your Enthusiasm and on her own show The New Adventures of Old Christine.

Ellen DeGeneres
Good luck trying to make it through one episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show without a stomach-workout bout of laughter.

Kristen Wiig
She's so funny we almost feel bad for her fellow SNL cast members, who have to stand in the shadow of her brilliance.

Sarah Silverman
Never one to shy away from an off-color joke, Sarah Silverman has gone from comedy-club cult-favorite to Comedy Central star to sex object of comedy nerds everywhere.

Jane Krakowski
As Jenna Maroney on 30 Rock, Jane makes blonde ambition hilarious, and on Broadway she shows serious musical chops.

Aisha Tyler
Long a favorite on the comedy circuit, Aisha has finally been blessed with her own, self-titled show. It's currently in production and will premiere on ABC at a TBD date.

Amy Poehler
Parks & Recreation has proven there's TV life for Amy Poehler after SNL -- though we do miss her Weekend Update banter.

Mindy Kaling
Also known as Kelly Kapur on The Office, this woman belies her airheaded character by writing and producing many of the show's episodes.

Samantha Bee
Why doesn't this Daily Show superstar have her own show yet? Oh wait, she's actually working on one now, with her fellow Daily Show correspondent and husband, Jason Jones.

Who's your favorite funny lady? Chime in below!

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