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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Funny Girls is a reality series about a group of women trying to make it as stand-up comics. There's lots of edgy humor, including endless strong language ("hell," "piss," "bitch," "crap"; curses and the "N" word bleeped), strong sexual innuendo (some also bleeped), blurred nudity, and drinking. There's references to marijuana use, too. The women are working hard to get their comedy noticed as they face the challenge of being female in a male-dominated profession. If your teens are into comedy, they may enjoy the show, but otherwise it's standard reality fare.
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What's the Story?
FUNNY GIRLS is a reality series that shows how hard it is to be a successful female comic in Los Angeles. It stars up-and-coming stand-up comedians Scout Durwood and Nicole Schreiber and New York transplants Calise Hawkins and Last Comic Standing cast member Yamaneika Saunders. Also joining them is Ester Steinberg, who not only performs but also is building her own talent-development and production company. In between gigs they struggle with finding boyfriends, handling single motherhood, and other day-to-day problems. Working the comedy circuit is tough, and the competition among the women can make it tougher.
Is It Any Good?
The series offers some insight into what it takes to be a comedian -- especially a female comedian -- in Los Angeles. But much of the conflict comes from some of the interpersonal relationships among the comics, their friends, and others. Luckily, quick excerpts from the women's stand-up performances and guest appearances by folks such as Margaret Cho keep things upbeat. It's pretty edgy, but if you like this sort of reality fare, you'll probably enjoy the occasional chuckle.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the life of a stand-up comic. Does this series show the challenges comics really face when working on their careers? Do you think it's harder for women than men? Why?
Who decides what's funny and what isn't? When does humor cross the line and becomes offensive? Is using stereotypes ever a good way of making people laugh?
Would you try doing stand-up comedy? Would it be scary? Fun? What drives comics to do what they do, even if they risk not being funny in front of an audience?
- Premiere date: April 7, 2015
- Cast: Yamaneika Saunders, Ester Steinberg, Stephanie Simbari
- Network: Oxygen
- Genre: Reality TV
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: September 20, 2019
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