I don’t quite agree with looking at the best and worst of 2015 U.S. comedy strictly through the lens of gender, but it’s tough to argue with this Guardian piece hailing Amy Schumer’s brilliance this year.
I’d also subscribe to a YouTube channel of clips from an as-yet-uncreated Aisha Tyler late-night show.
And I have to admit — on Pandora and Spotify, I’m finding the female stand-ups are generally a bit ahead of the male comics. Iliza Shlesinger runs a terrific podcast. I’ve given a thumbs-up to nearly every bit I’ve heard from Jackie Kashian. I’m also enjoying some well-established male comics like Patton Oswalt and Demetri Martin, and John Mulaney’s stand-up is far better than his short-lived sitcom. But I also hear a lot of men who just … don’t get it. They’re as stuck in past gender roles as Beetle Bailey.
So the dearth of women on late-night TV is something I’d like to change. But when Amy Schumer turns it down because she has better prospects elsewhere, that’s a nice sign of progress.