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David Letterman booker fired after saying female comics 'act like men' to get laughs

18 January 2012 8:10 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

The New York Post is reporting that a comedy booker for "The Late Show with David Letterman" has been fired after giving a New York Times interview in which he says too many female comics "will act like men" to get laughs.

His full quote in the piece is, "There are a lot less female comics who are authentic. I see a lot of female comics who, to please an audience, will act like men."

It's just one quote out of a lengthy interview, in which he also says that Andy Kaufman was funny, just "not in a stand-up scenario," that Bob Hope was a funny comedy actor, but Brill never "thought Bob Hope was a great stand-up comedian" and that comedy is universal, citing, "Mark Twain was as brilliant as Ricky Gervais."

The Post reports that Brill will continue to warm up the audience prior to "Letterman" tapings, but »

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Bonnie McFarlane comes to Late Show comedy booker Eddie Brill's defense

17 January 2012 12:51 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

In response to this morning.s firing of Eddie Brill from the Late Show with David Letterman, comedian Bonnie McFarlane, the director of the forthcoming movie .Women Aren.t Funny. defends Brill's comments in a recent article for the New York Times. McFarlane has worked professionally as a comedian for over 15 years. Among her credits include specials on HBO, Comedy Central and the CBC. She was a finalist on season 2 of NBC.s Last Comic Standing and has appeared on both the Late Show with David Letterman and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Her forthcoming documentary .Women Aren.t Funny. is scheduled to release later this year. "People need to stop taking exception every time someone makes a slight towards »

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