June 7th, Like most women, I am gay for Sarah Haskins. Unlike most women, I got to interview her. Here are some things you should know about Sarah to get the most out of our interview: Sarah, you are a self-described liberal and feminist. My first question for you is: To prepare for our interview, I watched every episode of Target Women.
I memorized the theme song: This is a two-part question. First, how did you get the idea for the show? Second, how did you popularize it: Internship with David Letterman? Target Women was a wonderful accident. I wanted to do an on-air piece for infoMania, which, at the time I started, was expanding into a half-hour show.
And so, it began. I deserve no credit for the popularization of the segment. It was picked up by Jezebel. It would be awesome to work for David Letterman, but not in that special way. It would be awesome to have sex with David Letterman, but only in that professional way. I started Funny Women , a column on TheRumpus. I am hilarious, and I have the vagina to prove it!
Am I grossly overestimating the female percentage? How did you become not only a success, but also a successful female in comedy like, did you ever go through a depression-and-sweatpants time? I would be flattered if my efforts were instigating the change.
The more funny ladies out there, the better. Also, I am now 30, rendering your questions moot, since I am an old lady crone. But, to dispense some advice from my rocking chair — I just worked on stuff I loved with people I loved and respected. And all that work makes you better. As I mentioned above, the gender politics are there, but you, as a lady, are also there to be a comedian. So, hone your voice, whatever that is, and keep performing it in different places.
Zadie Smith White Teeth retaliated: Well, we are trying. Your segment is a few minutes each week. No question here, although perhaps you have a few thoughts… Haskins: This is a huge compliment. Deep down, I hate TV. The common thread in all the television shows you listed is wondrous sexual tension. We have so much in common. Do you really have a crush on Colin Firth? Think it could ever happen between you two? How about among the three of us? Do you know him?
Do you know how I could get in touch with him? I am very clean and responsible. Like birth control, marketers have figured out how to talk about something by talking about something else: I think you nailed it in the above paragraph — using euphemisms perpetuates feelings of shame — like pooping and getting your period are weird.
Never pooping or getting your period. That is what is weird. No one discusses this. You taught me three important lessons regarding cleaning and romance: And bitches love to clean; 3 Lysol can protect you from STDs; when you use the disinfectant instead of the condom, I thought this might be a tactic for getting back at my ex-boyfriend.
Or were you trying to prove some other point? I have other revenge plots for ex-boyfriends that are less likely to result in lawsuit. Here is another one: Childhood, adolescence, marriage, kids, homicide, prison, menopause.
Is it all just a matter of fighting back? Should we give all the women knives? They want to protect you, yet keep you in constant danger of their unruly desire. Are vampires a way for men to get out of getting us off? I thought vampires could have super hot sex with us? I thought that was the point. Now I have to go take down that craigslist ad. Also, why do we analyze the sexual proclivities of folklore?
What are you going to be in next? You and Emily Halpern are said to be writing the script, with Amy Poehler as the star. Not to give anything away, but this is said: I consider you a frontrunner in changing the landscape of comedy, and losing you in Target Women is like losing my ovaries you can take this as a veiled metaphor about a hapless and infertile future for us all.
Watch Modern Lady with Erin Gibson! I am going to write for a while and see what happens next. I would ask if you feel intimidated as a woman working in comedy, but you answered this question eloquently in the Jezebel interview. This may seem like a digression, but bear with me for a small anecdote. Once, when I was about eleven and my sister was eight, we were going on a camping trip. My idea is to wrangle all the strong women into a community, follow each other in Twitter, amp it up to Facebook friends, girl-flirt via e-mail, run into each other at a party, buy each other drinks, start opening up, maybe have a tickle fight, and then begin a revolution.
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