Authentically Funny

I read Alessandra Stanley’s peice in the New York Times, Blending Genders, for Some Laughs at the Golden Globes: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Celebrate Gender Equality where she makes the point that it was when the women spoke in their own voices that they were at their funniest.

I saw Lake Bell’s film “In A World. . .” where her character struggles to make a place in the world of voice acting as a woman, leading her to help other women find their own voices.

All of these come together in Gina Barreca’s TEDx Talk at the University of Connecticut that summarizes her twenty years of work on women and humour.

It’s worth a watch:

Her message is simple: We are funny when we speak with authority and brilliance in our own voice.

And herone of her jobs as a feminist is helping girls learn to trust and to own their own woman’s voices in the world.

TBB understands this concept, but she uses the world “authentic.”  It’s the idea we used as “The Drama Queens,” hosting transgender conferences; be bold, be authentic, be funny.  We were safe in that space, but even there, the limits of our audience’s engagement were the limits of their engagement in their own transgender nature.  Novices and compartmentalizers were less likely to find us funny.

How do we help people trust an authentic voice that challenges convention?

Finding the funny is one way, of course.