Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham Join Top Comediennes in an R-Rated Roundtable for ‘The Hollywood Reporter’

What happens when six of the funniest females on TV gather around a table to talk about their experiences in Hollywood?

A summit on penis bags and vagina patches, but of course.

The Hollywood Reporter recruited Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Gina Rodriguez, Ellie Kemper, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Kate McKinnon for a candid conversation on the intersection of feminism and celebrity.

Hilarity naturally ensued from this tribal counsel of media’s power hitters, but more importantly their discussion brought to light the paradoxes that still exist in comedy and Hollywood.


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Dunham on the Most Sexist Thing that She’s Encountered on the Set of Girls:

I heard a guy on my show say into his microphone: “I hate this job. I can’t wait to be back on a show where there’s a man at the helm.” Later, that same guy came up to me at lunch and said, “You’re really enjoying that buffet, aren’t you?” He’s the worst person alive. I hope he reads this, which he won’t because he’s drunk.

Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) and Ross (Black-ish) on the Struggle to Find Roles as Women of Color:

Rodriguez: I remove myself instantly if something’s perpetuating a stereotype. But the only way to stop stereotypes is to say, “I’m going to wait for a journey that suits me.”

Ross: Working on a film is one job where you look at a casting breakdown and I’ll think, “That’s me!” But she’s not supposed to be black. But I go for them anyway.

Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidton Society Underestimating Women in Comedy:

The circles in which we run, there’s an understanding that there’s no difference in what women can bring to comedy. But there’s a huge portion of the country that this is still news to. There are a lot of men who fly business class still rooted in the idea that women aren’t funny.

McKinnon’s (Saturday Night Live) Hypothesis on Where Funny Comes From:

There was an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race where they did stand-up, and [comedian] Rita Rudner told them, “There’s nothing funny about a confident person who’s doing well.” So I start from a place of exploiting things in me I find objectionable and display and celebrate them.

Schumer’s (Inside Amy Schumer) Strategy to Balance Comedy with Political Correctness:

I listen to my p*ssy.

Read the transcript of their conversation full of inspiration and witty insight on The Hollywood Reporter until the full issue hits stands on June 5.

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