There's an obvious but overlooked difference between a female comedian and a comedic actress. A comedian (regardless of gender) writes material, appears on stage, and is chosen for their talent. A comedic actress (or actor) is someone who performs other people's material and is (generally) chosen more for looks than genuine skill.
That's the difference that Fox News contributor Hollie McKay either doesn't understand or willfully ignores in a blog post with the cringe-inducing title, "New Crop Of Comediennes Combine Funny Bones with Banging Bodies." The article begins with a quote from Carrie Keagan, ostensibly the host of a show on VH1, but in reality a woman whose resume is more populated by appearances as a model, a sexy extra in movies, and in Playboy.
From there, McKay goes on to say that "For women, frump is no longer funny" and that actual comedians like Janaene Garofalo are relegated to playing the female equivalent of Chris Farley.
Also, every single comedian she cites in her article has worked as an actress and has never written anything. Even in her painful comparison of Jenifer Aniston to Lucille Ball, she leaves out Madelyn Davis, the woman who actually wrote for Ball.
Now, if she had mentioned comedians like Aisha Tyler, Chelsea Peretti… hell, even Whitney Cummings, I would have little to say about this… but she didn't. She chose a bunch of actresses who are definitively not comedians.
This, by the way, is completely divorced of the horrible misogyny of the article: the whole thing seems to suggest that overweight, unattractive women have had the run of the comedy market, and that this unfair monopoly must end, damnit! Sexy women with excellent bone structure will have their day!
I'm surprised she left Sandra Bullock off her list of hot comedians. I mean, she falls down in movies, right? Now that's funny!