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Stop asking this comedian about being a woman in comedy

Michelle Collins finds it annoying that funny women always have to talk about being a funny woman. "We're not charity cases; we're talented," she said. Collins gives her Brief But Spectacular take on being tall, makeup, white men on late night TV and why you should stop asking her what it feels like to be a woman in comedy.

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  • Hari Sreenivasan:

    Finally, our Brief But Spectacular series, where we ask interesting people to share their passions.

    Tonight, comedian Michelle Collins on the abundance of white men hosting late-night talk shows.

  • Michelle Collins,

    Comedian: I’m tall. I come from tallish people. I’m 6’1”. In roller blades, I’m like 6’9”.

    Its great for dating. I have a lot of guys who are like, we love she’s so big. We love that so much.

    (LAUGHTER)

  • Michelle Collins:

    What if I had a full meltdown and just, Barbara Walters, started sobbing?

    I am so happy with how life turned out for me. It’s great. I found a place that sells long jeans. You know, ever since then, it’s been just like really, really wonderful.

    Like namaste, but classy.

    I love makeup. I’m a Sephora rouge member. That means they just take it directly out of my paycheck.

    When people are like, what’s your look, I always say slutty panda. Like, smoke me out here to the hairline. Do like a pop of gloss, Amadeus-style, center of the lips, and just push me into traffic.

    I love a contour. Men are very unlucky, because, if you are like a bloated man, well, you’re pretty much (EXPLETIVE DELETED).

    You have to bleep it. It’s PBS.

    Women, we can paint a day of the dead skull on top of our own face and pretend that that is what we look like.

    My mom is my biggest publicist. She is in Miami. She used to work at J. Crew. Her name is Judy. They called it Judy Crew.

    Every time people came into J. Crew, she, with their pants, would like submit a head shot of mine, be like, enjoy your cashmeres. This is my daughter. She lives in New York. She’s very successful.

    The big picture for me has always been having my own late-night show. Let me do that again late-nighty. It’s all white guys hosting late-night shows right now. It’s fine. I don’t think it’s a problem.

    I love that Samantha Bee is hosting “Full Frontal” on TBS.

    I just feel like talking about white guys in late night is the new white guy on late night. It’s so boring. It’s so played out. We all know what’s happening. Let’s just move on and change it.

    If you’re a really funny woman, of course it’s a great time right now. I think it was a great time 10 years ago, when you had Kathy Griffin; 20 years ago, you had Joan Rivers.

    Can I be honest? I find it annoying that funny women always have to talk about being a funny woman. It’s frustrating to me, because I feel like I’m above that. I’m a funny person. Like, why do I have to now harp on how many funny women there are? We’re not charity cases. We’re talented. It’s, like, done.

    I am Michelle Collins. And this is my Brief But Spectacular take on stop asking me what it’s like to be a woman in comedy.

  • Hari Sreenivasan:

    You can find more Brief But Spectacular videos on our Web site. That’s at pbs.org/newshour/brief.

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