​5 things we learned from american tv’s funniest women

The Hollywood Reporter got Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kate McKinnon and Gina Rodrigues in a room together. Amy Schumer offered to eat Lena Dunham out.

by Charlotte Gush
28 May 2015, 1:06am

In a stroke of absolute inspiration, the Hollywood Reporter worked out some presumably nightmarish scheduling issues in order to collect five of the funniest women on American TV into a room for a group interview / chat / sexual proposition sesh. Among the many gems, the comedians proposed taglines for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign ("Blondes Have More Foreign Policy Experience" - Dunham) as well as discussing racism, sexism and Twitter trolls. Here are 5 things we learned...

1. Amy Schumer accidentally performed to terrorists

On the way to a gig, Schumer was stopped by a random woman "with kind eyes" and was persuaded to perform to protesters who were on hunger strike. Her (helpful) friends advised her to take the gig, so Schumer, "tried to write hunger-strike jokes," she explains, "like 'Hey, at least no waitresses will be distracting you here!'". The video was posted online and it was soon discovered that the hunger strikers were "a known terrorist organization". Not only that, but they didn't even laugh.

2. Women wear vagina patches, men wear penis pouches

And Lena Dunham doesn't wear anything. Discussing on-screen sex scenes, the creator of Girls, explained that female actors wear a patch, saying, "You glue it over your vagina," but revealed that she doesn't bother anymore as, "It gets sweaty and always falls off," adding that "There's not one guy who works on that show who hasn't seen the inside of my vagina". The guys are somewhat more demure; they wear "a penis bag" Dunham explains.

3. Amy Schumer offered to eat Lena Dunham out

Talking about being on magazine covers, Lena Dunham explained that although she thinks she doesn't have the "perfect body" (whatever that is), she does have "a really nice face," adding that she wanted to say all the women, "have really nice faces". Getting straight to the point, Schumer responded, "I would love to eat you out. Is that OK? When this is over. Right after?"; "I feel the same way about you," Dunham cooed.

4. Women actors are cast on their magazine cover potential

Depressing misogyny news siren! Once, when Jane the Virgin lead Gina Rodrigues auditioned for a role, she was asked to come back and do it again in a tight black dress; when she protested that, "That doesn't make any sense for the character," they explained, "We need to know if you're pretty enough to be on the cover of a magazine." Wow. Just another one of Hollywood's insidious, sexist casting practices.

5. Their reaction to James Corden crossing the pond was…

Now that David Letterman has stepped down from late night comedy, many hoped his prestigious schedule slot might be given to someone who isn't an old white man. That didn't happen, it was given to Stephen Colbert, who Dunham says she loves anyway, calling him a genius. But when the news came that James Corden had been given a prime time US show, Dunham says the joke went, "We've run out of white men here, we have to import them from England."


Text Charlotte Gush

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