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Melissa McCarthy’s “Spy” is a boon for women in comedy

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Shouldn’t the hardest part of comedy be having to keep a straight face? Not fighting to climb the sexist career ladder. There’s nothing funny about gender inequality. Despite many strides made for, y’know, basic human rights, women are still treated like second-class citizens. This gender gap (more like a gender Grand Canyon) has always been enormous in professional comedy to the point that people asked if women even have a sense of humor. Is it any wonder that the early pioneers—Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers—weren’t allowed to attractive or confident? Luckily, along came intellectual comedians like Elaine May and Lilly Tomlin in the early 60s, followed by the badasses of Saturday Night Live, and finally today’s Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler,…

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Got life questions? Ask Chelsea Handler

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“[E]veryone knows if I were left to my own devices, I could die.” So says Chelsea Handler in the final essay in her newest collection, Uganda Be Kidding Me (Grand Central Publishing, March). You might not think that someone like this would be able to give you very good advice, but that’s where you’d be wrong. Handler is a comedian, host of the E! late night talk show “Chelsea Lately,” and the bestselling author of Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, and Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea. In Uganda Be Kidding Me, she recounts her own hilarious antics while on various vacations, along the way providing answers to your most pressing life questions.   How many…

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