The South by Southwest festival released its list of comedy performers today, and guess what? Of 31 featured comics, only a single name belongs to a woman. The sole XX-chromosome having person is the (very funny) stand up Tig Notaro who’ll perform in one of the festival’s pair of showcases.
SXSW is known for being a beacon of alternative comedy (red light flashing ‘Get off the stage already,’ but, you know, funnily) and has certainly featured a number of women in the past, so what’s the deal? My request for a comment from the SXSW folks was met with the unsettling silence of a beep-less inbox, so I’ve decided to use this news as an excuse to post videos of eight female stand-ups I really like. Now I’m having my very own comedy festival, plus there’s cake in the office today. So take that, SXSW! More