Lizzy Caplan, Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts wonder: Can boys be funny?

The "Comedy Bang! Bang!" bit is a brilliant satire of sexism in Hollywood and comedy

Prachi Gupta
June 19, 2014 1:15AM (UTC)

Recently, over at IFC's "Comedy Bang! Bang!" Scott Aukerman, Reggie Watts and Lizzy Caplan pondered the greatest debate in comedy: Can boys be funny, or do their huge penises get in the way?

For years, Hollywood, a town run by women (black women, even!) has had a man problem: as in, there just aren't enough roles for men! And, to make matters worse, boys are not funny.


The bit is a spot-on satire of the women-aren't-funny claim made to varying degrees by the likes of Christopher Hitchens and Jerry Lewis, as well as the widespread sexism in Hollywood. "Boys can be funny," says Caplan. "I just think maybe they haven't had the opportunity to be as funny for as long as girls have."

In another much-needed feminist bit, Aukerman, Caplan and Paul Scheer spoofed professional creepster Terry Richardson, who was the subject of a controversial profile in New York Magazine this week. Scheer describes a lewd photoshoot with Caplan, which she shuts down as "inflantilizing" and "pretty sexist."


"Oh I got," he says, "Feminism."

He wonders: "What do feminists like?" briefly, before answering with, yes, more sexism.

h/t Splitsider

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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