Billy Crystal: In praise of funny women
June 20, 2013
Billy Crystal has a (funny) bone to pick with Jerry Lewis, who has repeatedly insisted women comics canâ€™t bring the laughs.
â€œWhat, Lucille Ballâ€™s not funny?â€ asked Crystal in an exclusive interview with the Star while in Toronto to promote Monsters University, where he reprises his voice role of one-eyed Mike Wazowski in a prequel to the 2001 hit Monsters, Inc. The movie opens June 21.
Crystal, who started out doing standup and went on to become a cast member on Saturday Night Live before making movies like When Harry Met Sally … and City Slickers, said women have been making people laugh at the movies for decades.
â€œMargaret Dumont, (the Marx Brothersâ€™ long-suffering straight woman), Judy Holliday, Doris Day was cute and funny,â€ he said, ticking off names, including his Parental Guidance co-star, Bette Midler.
Crystal recently shared a podium with Sarah Silverman at the American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement tribute to Mel Brooks, said sheâ€™s one of his favourite funny women.
â€œSarah Silverman is really smart,â€ he said â€œShe a real combination of edgy, nutty, dark, and really pretty. Itâ€™s a really interesting combination. I think sheâ€™s great. Roseanne Barr is hilarious. Thereâ€™s a lot of funny women. Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) is hilarious on her show.â€