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Late Show with David Letterman comedy booker axed over the less-than-enlightened comments about female comedians

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Comedy is largely a man's club. Whether you believe Jerry Lewis' recently Apatow-tanked statement about women not being funny or not, you've still got to deal with the fact that there are Amy Poehlers and Kristen Wiigs here and there, but, by and large, men hold the reins over comedy. Could it perhaps be because they are discriminated against before even getting a chance? The recent firing of The Late Show with David Letterman's comedy booker, Eddie Brill, might lend a little more credence to that. In a recent interview with The New York Times, Brill indicated a seeming bias against female comedians, noting, “There are a lot less female comics who are authentic," before adding "I see a lot of female comics who to please an audience will act like men." 

The interview garnered intense derision from the Editor-in-Chief of Mirth Magazine, Larry Getlen, as well as the publication's readers. A week after Brill's remarks were published in The New York Times, Getlen was one of the first to officially confirm Brill's termination, though it was due to "speaking to the press without authorization," which is, presumably, a polite way of saying "blatantly expressing a distaste for female comedy." However, Brill will continue to warm up audiences prior to the show.

Perhaps the fundamental problem is Brill's take on comedy, which asserts, "People try to give labels and change what it is. But comedy has always been the same." That's a very narrow view to express, particularly when you consider that both vaudeville and black-face were once considered uproarious.