There is no better recipe than taking things with humor. It doesn’t matter where the last minute fart catches if you know how to hide it well or how often you go to the gym if you have the perfect summer song. We must talk about what is important: humor saves from the heat, especially when laughing without prejudice or gender stereotypes. La Chocita del Loro has given the perfect excuse to put on a pedestal the comedians who have gone from social networks to take over the stage. The latest criticism has come from the comedian Florentino Fernández, who says that “If there are no more women, it is not a question of gender but of talent“The businessman forgets other reasons that they themselves point out such as: the lack of opportunities or discrimination in the sector. But to explain their circumstances are the Andalusian comedians.
The box office success of the comics refutes that women are “less funny”
Martita de Graná prefers not to give much hype to the subject, enough is to publish the video in front of his 2,500 tickets sold on the tour who has taken her to the confines of Spain for the last three years: “We girls have facts and figures. What these people say is a lie, we simply don’t have to think about it any more”. Paloma Lirola sees nonsense from Malaga when she lives off the shows she organizes and stars in: “these statements are based on stale thinking that, fortunately, is disappearing in the people”. And Rosa Ponce, who prefers to write and sit in front of the microphone, either in her native Seville or in Madrid, calls it no longer macho or stale, but as a “clumsy move” of a company that prefers to ignore a change already visible between the seats.
Not only do they say it, but scientific studies attest it. Natalia Meléndez Malavé, journalist and specialist in the field of humor from the University of Malaga and a member of the Quevedo Institute for the Arts of Humor at the University of Alcalá, describes it as “a big mistake. First, if you’re too feminist, what do you want? In other words, would you prefer something macho? And this humor is not the victimist, but just as La Chocita is not used to comic women talking about their things, their life, their world, that is, their comedy, when at the men no one crosses them out when they complain. In humor there is a relay, the stand up he took the professional joke-tellers, such as Chiquito de la Calzada or Paz Padilla, ahead of him at the time, and people demand other things; seen with the success of podcasts like Stretching the gum or Weekly misshapen, which are the first in the lists of most listened to “.
The scriptwriter and comedian Pilar de Francisco echoed the controversy and caused social networks to get down to business and elaborate a map of the Spanish geography in which to locate the comedians, where the south has something to say: Eva and what in Jaén, Laura Marquez from the “Late Motiv” program from Córdoba, Pedrita parker with Malaga, Bittersweet Gazpacho from Cádiz and Chinese ancestry, including the stars of this report, and many more.
The themes are plural and diverse, they go from the personal universe of each creator to that meeting point with the public. For example, Martita de Graná is on the other end of the phone and says that from a city like Granada, university and full of life, she takes the experiences and anecdotes of her friends: “We are a little crazy in the pussy and I tell them, when I see that something interests me, that I steal it; in addition, I have always liked being in the street, going out to party and meeting people. Then spinning it on stage is what I like the most, going back and forth with your story “. What he has stored in his head he explains with his southern accent, his lexicon and it seems that anyone understands it. “In the past, seeing a woman on stage saying what I say was unthinkable, I would have been beaten up. But I talk about the issues that I want, very beastly things, I swear, anything that makes the public feel like if they were listening to a good friend who they are having a beer with. ”
Paloma, for her part, decided to tour the open buses in Germany with what she calls “migrant humor”, from which the original “Berlin song” came out. Telling the misfortunes and fortunes of the youth who were going for better opportunities, including the universe of the show, did not make the locals laugh: “It is another culture and laughter is less fashionable, but that has never made me feel that there is no made to have a good time. What a burden to have to make people laugh every three minutes! Hilarity can also be measured according to the impression or thought that you take with you, even if only with a smile. Although now he is looking for his “comic self” after an accident pandemic, he looks around and sees Malaga as a new space.
Social media empower
Videos on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter have done much more for the popularity of these women than mainstream media. “In social networks you show yourself as you are, people know you around and, in those early days, three or four years ago, I remember how they told me how much fun they had watching me, including in confinement when we were all locked up” recalls Martita. She was a teacher and decided to jump from the safety of her position to the spotlight in order to take a risk because, for her, “I am concerned about living today, tomorrow will come as it comes.” Without any other support than its core.
Rosa Ponce’s story has similar directions. He took it out on Twitter. She began to write, people gave her rein and the confidence that it generated in herself allowed her to open up to all her wit and insight. “Thanks to that I met Ignatius Farray, who gave me work on this for the first time.” With him she has scripted her shows since 2018 in El Grito Sordo, so she is the first to understand the controversy that the character generates from time to time: “We talk, we reflect, and he is always willing to listen and update himself; whenever I can. I try to put feminism in his texts and it seems advanced to me to hire two screenwriters like Dinah Robledillo and I to help him focus the jokes or contribute ideas. I don’t know many comedians who are willing to do that. ”
The shot has been reversed: the television and radio media have looked for these stars that shine in the cybernetic network. The virality and the number of followers caused by the occurrences of the artists has made a dent in the programming and, little by little, space is opening up. “These women have had to seek direct contact with their public and the Internet has favored it; now we see characters like Flavita Banana, Moderna de Pueblo, Percebes y Grelos or Living Postureo that appear on television programs because before there has been no one that he bet on them and they have looked for life “, specifies the expert Natalia Meléndez.
And Paloma sings to the song of the summer in her feed from a rooftop, shamelessly and with fins: “It seems that we are legitimized if we only appear on TV and it is not like that. We live with dignity without wanting to be famous working on our own, like little ants, and if they don’t want me in a place then They will do it elsewhere, fortunately this has neither a beginning nor an end, the cool thing is that you don’t find this movement strange because you’ve been part of that change. ”
“Whoever feels uncomfortable about this change will be because he is part of the privileged”
“Humor is power: attracting attention, convincing, it is a space that until now in the public sphere had been forbidden to women”, says the expert. This social ramification has been studied by the Mind, Brain and Behavior Research Center of the University of Granada from an article that shows that feminist humor has an impact on collective actions in favor of equality, although it does not mean that it permeates the entire repertoire of comics.
“The issues we laugh at have evolved over time as society advances, thanks to the fact that these topics are no longer taboo, laughable or, also, because a series of groups that feel hurt by the attacks they raise their voices, since they have to deal with it while struggling to show themselves freely as they are “, clarifies the researcher. “Everything is part of a transition and there is a clash in which those people who feel uncomfortable with this change will be because they are part of the privileged.”
Rosa Ponce, who knows the lines of the texts and the weight that each author’s personality carries, goes a step further: “I don’t know how long this farce that they do something universal will last; we have settled for that comedy for many years because it was what there was, but when women appear who speak to you, they address you, it’s funny, we are half the population and it is absurd to continue with that stale humor “. When he hears Patricia Espejo talk about frozen eggs, he laughs: “It’s my song, like many others, and it’s super cool to see it on stage, as I saw it doing with American comedians like Tina Fein or Sarah Silverman.” The occupation of public spaces, again.
From the minstrels, whose fine wit was scathing with their monarchs, to the cabaret or the TikTok videos are part of that cycle that stirs up ideas and dialogues, to which Natalia Meléndez makes a final note: “We don’t want them to tell us the same story of the mother-in-law or the war of the sexes but original issues, ideas where women have the opportunity to provide that craving for originality “. For this reason, he understands that humor has to contribute to diversity and that it is trans, racialized, bisexual or any other group who take the initiative and laugh and make people laugh with these new narratives.