To paraphrase Jane Austen (who, incidentally, is another incredibly funny woman), it is a truth universally acknowledged that a man can laugh a woman into bed. It does not work vice versa. Women that work in strip joints or lap dancing clubs, don’t get an extra large tip if they manage to make their patrons laugh.
No, in female terms, being sexy has absolutely nothing to do with being funny. In fact, it’s quite the reverse. Tina Fey is, I would say, an incredibly attractive woman, but, at times, she has to be prepared to look ‘unattractive’, in the conventional sense of the word, to get a laugh. The same was true of Lucille Ball and almost every female comic throughout history.
Which is why, typically, you will never see a traditionally good looking gal; a woman who has men swarming all over her, telling jokes.
A man can have fallen out of the ugly tree, women will still be interested if he can make them laugh. As much as it pains me, it simply isn’t true the other way around. Moreover, men tend to keep ‘funny women’ at arm's length. This, I suspect, is partly due to the ego thing. If a woman is witty, she’s taking the spotlight from him.
I must emphasize that I’m referring to the average man. I know that there are some men who do find funny sexy and do not feel intimidated by a smart, amusing lady.
However, it seems to me, that from a very young age, girls are aware of the fact that funny and/or clever does not equal attractive. This, of course, is not helped by the swathes of female ‘celebrities’ who are famous for being, essentially, rather intellectually challenged and, we’re led to believe, nothing more than a pretty face - the kind of women P!nk sings about in ‘Stupid Girls’.
Give a ten-year-old girl the choice between being funny or pretty - she will almost certainly choose pretty, because our society prides looks over everything else. And not only is comedy not a successful way for a woman to snare a mate, but it will actually require her to look ‘ugly’ on occasion; she will become a comedy grotesque, if you will.
I detest our society's preoccupation with and, more importantly, definition of, beauty. But that’s a subject for another time. The point is that this, in my opinion, is far and away the largest reason for women to shy away from a career as a clown.
Where are all the funny girls? Quite a few of them are at home, suppressing their natural comic bent in order to attract a man and then allow him to be ‘the funny one’, because they don't want to be perceived as unattractive.