Letterman Booker Eddie Brill Fired After ‘Women In Comedy’ Flame War

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Eddie Brill, the Letterman comedy (Getty Images)

Eddie Brill, the longtime comedy booker of The Late Show With David Letterman, was fired after a controversial profile ran in The New York Times last week, Mirth Magazine reports.

Mr. Brill, who was written up by NYT’s comedy critic Jason Zinoman on Thursday, lashed out in the comment section of Mirth over the weekend, after Editor in Chief Larry Getlen took issue (along with many others) with the booker’s now-infamous line: “I see a lot of female comics who to please an audience will act like men.”

Now Mr. Getlen reports that Mr. Brill was removed for “speaking to the press without authorization.” According to Mirth sources, he will continue to warm-up audiences before the show, though we doubt he…or Letterman’s audience for that matter…finds this turn of events very funny.

Comments

  1. AdamPortrais says:

    Can we please stop all this “Mr.” business?  First the New York Times article in question and now this.  Has anyone who writes on the internet ever taken a journalism class?  Better yet- have they read ANYTHING…EVER?  You can just say “Brill”  You don’t have to put “Mr.” in front of every male name every single time.  Learn to write, Bozos.

    1. Ben Patterson says:

         The Times has its own style on the use of “Mr.”  It’s been in place a  long time.  Are you just discovering it now? 

      1. AdamPortrais says:

        I guess so.  It’s quite annoying.  When I read that style it tells me that the author doesn’t think the reader is smart enough to remember is someone is a man or woman.  In most cases just the last name is more than enough.  It just baffles me that people still write that that today.  Just because something has always been doesn’t mean it should always be.  They’re called the TIMES- they should get with them.

      2. Jeffreytj says:

        …speaking of annoying….Ladies and Gentelmen, Mr. Adam Portrais

      3. Ben Patterson says:

        “Mr.” is a courtesy title.  The Times uses it the same way someone you don’t know well would call you “Mister Portrais” instead of “Portrais.”  Its use by The Times doesn’t have anything to do with identifying gender.  If you are now reading The Times regularly, you will probably notice that convicted felons and sports figures, however, do not get the “Mr.” title.
           If you ever see  your own name in print, with repeated references to you by your last name only, you may have more sympathy for The Times’s style.   

    2. Bobbo924 says:

      Learn to express an opinion without becoming abusive or calling names. Why not make your point about style and remain courteous? 

    3. Anonymous says:

      That’s Mr. Bozo to you!

  2. I am no one. says:

    So we are no longer allowed to hold an opinion, or share it freely when asked.  Isn’t censorship grand.  Yes, this is clearly a world built by liberals.

    1. and thank goodness! That kind of sexist rhetoric has no place in our world today. Good riddance!

      1. Kevincease says:

        what he said is true, you know nothing of the world of stand-up. He wasn’t even saying an offensive remark. It’s pissed off ugly shitty moms like you that are making the world a more awful place.

      2. MND says:

        I actually know a fair amount about the world of stand-up, but really, what would you need to know to question Brill’s remark?  It’s stupid on the face of it.  What is “acting like a man”?  Is he saying they’re peeing standing up, as Jessica Kirson apparently asked?  Or does he mean that they’re outspoken and foul-mouthed, and he’s got an idea that only men are allowed to be that way?  Because that’s idiotic.  Of course, so is responding to what’s obviously a trolling comment seriously, but I’m amusing myself if no one else.

      3. Ghost of HS Thompson says:

        Is this really Kevin Cease? Kyle Cease’s brother who helped him shill that idiotic Standup Bootcamp? You’ve already shown yourself to be a major a–hole elsewhere on the Net so you might wanna give up and go back to your hole in the desert….

      4. Matt K says:

        “Acting like a man” in the world of comedy is gearing your humor to what men typically find funny.  There are many male comedians who think that women just aren’t funny.  Why? because women and men, though there are some overlaps, find different things funny.  So, a man may laugh less at a woman standup and vice versa.  The women who tend to succeed, tend to be funnier to men.  They also have to be tougher, stronger, more in control than the men that they go up against.  There is no argument as the fact that men still run the roost in the stand-up world.  And yes, a strong, independent, powerful and assertive woman can be called just that, or they can be defined as exhibiting qualities previously ascribed to men.  I realize this is like saying that a person is acting “black” or ‘gay’.  But the truth is that there IS a stereotypical definition of what it means to act ‘black’, ‘gay’, ‘straight’, ‘white’, ‘male’, or ‘female’.  It doesn’t mean that it’s true in all cases, and it is no longer politically correct to use these terms, but lets not get bogged down by political correctness.  Rather, let’s understand what the man was trying to say and address the fact that not enough women in comedy get the chance to be authentic AND successful unless that authenticity tends to be in line with what men find funny and want to book at their clubs.

    2. Cissie Simpson says:

      Oh, shut UP. What does that have to do with anything?

    3. Bobbo924 says:

      Irrelevant comment of the day award. Not everything is about national politics.

    4. Ed Noon says:

      Please do look up censorship in the dictionary.  A private business has a right to fire an employee for embarrassing the company in public.  Or would you like the government to take away an employer’s right to fire who they choose? 

      I understand why, as a conservative, your knee-jerk reaction is to stand up for a guy dumb enough to make sexist proclamations in the New York Times… but try not to completely forget your OTHER so-called “principles” while you’re doing it.

      1. Bndocksaint14 says:

        I’m a liberal democrat from Massachusetts and I agree with this being mindless censorship. Eddie is an amazing person. He WAS taken out of context. This pc garbage has hit the wall once again. Id say Eddie has the right to answer a question honestly after 30yrs..besides he obviously was making an educated observation not saying women aren’t funny.

    5. Oh come on says:

      The guy was fired by a corporation, not imprisoned by the government.  Amazing how right-wingers are able (well, try anyway) to twist EVERYTHING into an inane attempt to blame everything in the world on liberals. 

    6. Leo Martin says:

      Obvious conservative troll has no life, or grasp of what happens in reality. 

    7. Your right with knowledge you could be someone. A private business has every right to fire or demote an employee they deem is an embarrassment.

    8. Pedantic Douchebag says:

      Lots of liberals burning books and boycotting the sponsors of shows they don’t like in your world, huh?

  3. USA is WEAK says:

    Brill must have done something else.
    If he didn’t, we need to choke and shoot the people who made this stupid decision.
    Women aren’t funny….only a few dikes are, so the facts are the facts.

    1. Drew Grant says:

      What’s funny about a feminine levee?

    2. Calt2427 says:

      Hey moron, if you’re going to write like an idiot, at least learn the correct spelling…here is some info for you…
      In the US the barrier preventing a flood is called a “dike.” “Dyke” is a term for a type of lesbian, generally considered insulting but adopted as a label for themselves by some lesbians.By the way, Rosanne Barr really likes men.

    3. Oh, I disagree with that comment. I’m a comic and have seen and performed with some very funny women. You might also be surprised how many women are comedy writers. I think it’s fair to say some women comics who substitute aggression for their lack of good material and some of us who are bit older find it off-putting.  Societally assigned roles are hard to shake.

      1. A shitty comic is a shitty comic. Vagina or no vagina. 

    4. Learn how to spell Dyke, jackass. 

    5. Badshirt says:

      Dame Edna is a hilarious woman.

    6. Weaklings Ruin USA says:

      How did we get to this spot where a comment such as the one Brill made gets him fired. Yes, a company has a right to fire anyone and it should remain that way but how about people grow a pair. It is all about not leaving idiots behind, crying when anything is even remotely un-PC, and demanding that people benefit the same as anyone else even when they don’t deserve it. The US is truly becoming a sad place to live. Having spent my entire life here, I am ashamed at what we have become. P.S. It’s ‘dyke’ not ‘dike’. While I agree with your sentiment, it helps to spell at least the important words correctly :)

    7. Pamranch says:

      i book a monthly comedy show & can assure you that i have a harder time finding funny men than women. but good luck w/ that sexist-i mean sunny disposition you’re sporting there.

    8. ov says:

      I think it’s dykes.

  4. Bluepeopleunited says:

    Men like this are the reason why I have to make it. I hope you’re still alive when we are able to meet. I hope you and your penis are still alive. #lorenaBobbit

  5. Notattoo says:

    Testing

  6. Spookbandit says:

    This is what happens when company’s are run by stockbrokers

  7. Spookbandit says:

    sorry to say that if you do study female comics..90% of them come on strong..It’s the nature of the comedy beast..You have to be aggressive to be funny.. Chealsey Handle is an example

  8. Two wrongs don’t make a right. 

  9. Kento Komoto says:

    One of the most knowledgeable men about the business, science and art of stand up comedy.  His opinions should be taken to heart.  His was not an off the cuff comment, absorb it and apply it empirically and you’ll get what he means.  Just because you might do comedy or think you write comedy doesn’t mean you know the nuances and science behind the craft.  This goes to many succesful comedic performers.  How many have I met that are on top of the world, but have no clue as to how or why they are there.  Eddie Brill knows about this stuff.

  10. Lula says:

    Sexist!? Really!?
    Is a fact. It is a result of the patriachy we live in.

  11. A.B. says:

    Women comics are terrible anyways.

  12. ALH_1 says:

    Supposedly grown men who act like boys are even less funny.
    Grow up or go home.

  13. ALH_1 says:

    Supposedly grown men who act like boys are even less funny.
    Grow up or go home.

  14. The Just Jasmine says:

    I am a woman and not only do I agree with his comment 110%,  I am baffled as to how this is offensive.  It is his opinion/observation. Swear to Prada … I’m so over it.

  15. colin_clifford says:

    It’s “Late Show” not “Late Night”. Can’t understand how journalists can’t get this right. They are two different shows. It’s only been since 1993! Just sayin’. 

  16. David Smith says:

    To fight misogyny and inequality in the comedy business, please call the Sioux Falls Orpheum Theater at 605-367-4616 and request that they cancel the Eddie Brill show scheduled for January 21st.
    You can also e-mail the executive management of the theater at terry@sfarena.com, and the press office at micki@sfarena.com.

  17. Jay Alvarez says:

    Really? Someone who works on the DAVID LETTERMAN!!!! show said something marginally sexist and got in trouble for it? Am I the only one that sees something wrong here? He expressed an opinion. If it offends you to such a great extent, don’t read the article. What happened to our society? When did we become a nation of quivering vaginas that become moist when someone says something that we don’t entirely appreciate? If you don’t like it, either offer a counter point, or move on. Just because you don’t agree with an opinion, doesn’t make it valid. He said what he felt. He wasn’t attacking anyone on a personal level, he was offering his opinion on a subject. If it bothers you that much, then maybe you should look into a hobby…

  18. Jay Alvarez says:

    Really? Someone who works on
    the DAVID LETTERMAN!!!! show said something marginally sexist and got in
    trouble for it? Am I the only one that sees something wrong here? He
    expressed an opinion. If it offends you to such a great extent, don’t
    read the article. What happened to our society? When did we become a
    nation of quivering vaginas that become moist when someone says
    something that we don’t entirely appreciate? If you don’t like it,
    either offer a counter point, or move on. Just because you don’t agree
    with an opinion, doesn’t make it invalid. He said what he felt. He
    wasn’t attacking anyone on a personal level, he was offering his opinion
    on a subject. If it bothers you that much, then maybe you should look
    into a hobby…May I suggest stand-up comedy?

  19. Marianne Reilly says:

    As a Comedienne (Origin of COMEDIENNEFrench comédienne, feminine of comédien comedian, from comédieFirst Known Use: circa 1859) the commit I get all the time is “You’re really funny…for a woman” Stand Up Comedy – the last frontier for women. I didn’t know that I had to have a hang down to be funny….. I would really like to know what Brill means by “acting like a man”? Does he mean that they are funny and make an audience laugh?

    1. Mccaulrob says:

      Women by nature are not honest and that is what is required in comedy.  Look at the numbers.  As a working stand-up, the fact remains that most women are not objectively funny.  It’s not discrimination.  I can’t speak to what Brill meant but I think he means that men usually have a clear voice with something to say.  Women typically don’t.  They don’t, for the most part, offer comedy that is psychologically insightful.  NOt every man does either, but for the most part, women try will copy a man’s success without understanding the reasons why it is successful.  Don’t shoot the messenger.

      Even your response is simply passive-aggressively calling discrimination without offering a counterpoint.

      If society is to accept that women are strong and emotional creatures — which is not true — than society must accept that there things men are better equipped to handle.  Comedy is one of them.

  20. Jonstercus says:

    What if Brill’s comment is accurate from his audition experience?  He didn’t say “all”…he didn’t say “women suck”…everyone’s way too sensitive

  21. Friend to Brill. says:

    Some other network better hire his ass, pronto. Letterman made a HUGE mistake reacting to press this way. Brill was Misquoted; Zinoman clearly aiming for controversy in press, no less. Eddie is one of the most honorable men in showbiz. Which means he’ll be working for bigger better cats in no time. 

  22. Mccaulrob says:

    This would be a triumph is women were actually funny.  Women aren’t honest and that is the basis for comedy.  Women also need to learn that life is hard and you can’t always get what you want.  Sometimes you don’t get the promotion or the spot EVEN if you deserve it.  That’s life. Men have dealt with it for centuries.  Women in Gen X and below have never had to endure the same discrimination that came before them so they expect to get everything they want and if they don’t it’s due to sexism.  Since they’ve never experienced true discrimination, they mistake failure or hard times for it.  So they complain and since they are a protected class, everyone caves into their whims. 

    It’s fairly disturbing especially since Brill NEVER SAID WOMEN AREN’T FUNNY!!!!!  They’re not, but he never said that.  He said they weren’t genuine.  Two separate things.  Please, women, debate me on this issue without resorting to name-calling.  I’m serious.

    1. PO says:

      All women are not honest? That is your argument? That stereotype is old and completely false.  Who raised you?  Are you saying all women past and presently are lairs?  That’s bold man, but okay. You must have been hurt by some pretty evil women.  

      Brill wasn’t fired for just the first article, he reacted to the comment section of Mirth (which that article was written by a man, by the way, so it wasn’t just women upset about the Times article.) And he called Amy Schumer, A female comedian who headlines all over the country and was a finalist of Last Comic Standing, “that comic’s girlfriend.”  His job is to know comics and didn’t know Amy Schumer? 

      We, as smart educated people have to realize this man was probably on the way out because he has lost touch with the current trend in comedy, which is, if you haven’t noticed, that yes women are funny.  Are all women funny? no way.  But to believe an entire group of people are not funny because of gender, race, or image is wrong and prejudice.  He didn’t come out and say “women are not funny” But he thinks all women are not genuine and he only booked one woman on Lettermen in the past year so I’m gonna go with he doesn’t particularly like them.  

      You have the right to think woman are not funny and you have the right to not watch them but his job was to find new and great comics.  Not just male comics, and specifily white male comics.

      Please, Mccaulrob your rebutal, I dare you.

      Yours truly,

      A smart lady.

  23. A comic says:

    WTF? Are you kidding me? So, let me get this straight. A man states a non-biased fact and gets fired because some people can’t handle the truth? Again, WTF?

    1. PO says:

       non biased fact?  

  24. Mike P says:

    what a shame in the land of free speech the nicest most honest guy in the business gets fired for telling the truth…  shame on the Letterman people  they censored Bill Hicks too.  Letterman forgets he used to be a standup comic too.. he should retire…

  25. TheDenialShow.com says:

    Comedy is a male-dominated industry watched by a predominately male audience.  I agree that the few successful women in stand-up tend to act like men in their subject matter & approach, but I don’t think acknowledging this is in of itself is sexist.  What is sexist, however, is agreeing to keep that the status quo when women are the majority population (52%), the majority of tv consumers (watching ~8 hours more tv/month) & responsible for the vast majority of household purchases ( 85%) that tv advertisers want to capture.

    They had to fire this guy because his statement creates risk for a potentially large HR lawsuit.  But if the power brokers behind the comedy scene don’t create more real opportunity for women in comedy then this is all ceremony.

    1. Ralph Furley says:

       “Please do look up censorship in the dictionary.  A private business has a right to fire an employee for embarrassing the company in public.  Or would you like the government to take away an employer’s right to fire who they choose?”

      “They had to fire this guy because his statement creates risk for a potentially large HR lawsuit.”

    2. Ralph Furley says:

       “Please do look up censorship in the dictionary.  A private business has a right to fire an employee for embarrassing the company in public.  Or would you like the government to take away an employer’s right to fire who they choose?”

      “They had to fire this guy because his statement creates risk for a potentially large HR lawsuit.”

  26. WillowSmithBot2000 says:

    Too bad- he’s a good guy- helpful to a lot of young comics.  Hang in there Eddie!

  27. Mriley519 says:

    There are TWO SIDES to every story !

  28. Andrea Jarrette says:

    I am a female comedian and I agree with Eddie. I’m guilty of exhibiting male energy on stage (and off)

  29. Roseandcrownpub1 says:

    This is the Comedy business.  Please bring Eddie Brill back !

  30. MS says:

    “Bridesmades” think about that movie. He must have done something else bc this is so petty. I say that as a woman. He said nothing wrong. In fact, I agree with him and it’s NOT a horrible statement against women. I don’t see how This comment made such a fuss. Bc it’s True and NOT like that idiot poster below said about them only being “dikes”. Now what that guy said IS wrong and horrible. And a big F You for that.

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  32. Joshdnyny says:

    When did the talentless Jason Zinoman become the comedy critic for the New York Times? Isn’t he just the critic they use randomly to fill in wherever they need him? He’s a know-nothing wanna-be and shouldn’t be reporting on anything in the arts.

  33. The whole debate about female comics is funny.  I’m a female comic.    Oh,  I can GIVE head but not SPEAK of it?  Are there topics that “belong” to either gender?Pardon me while I adjust my Little House On Prairie bonnet and churn butter….. Whatever.   When the Boy’s Club starts getting all Caveman on their opinions I know one thing: Mommy Issues.  In one ear and out the other.    The truth is MOST men in comedy appreciate funny whether it comes from a man OR woman.  Those who speak otherwise don’t belong in the field at all.  In any measure.  If it is COMEDY one loves and respects,  the SOURCE of funny doesn’t matter.  The funny matters.  This is so old.  Can the world of comedy find something NEW to focus on besides gender?  Jeesh.

  34. Johnny says:

    I support his statement because it’s true. Men portray women on stage all the time and it gets a laugh. Now there’s a problem?  This is comedy, folks, and there’s no holes barred. It’s probably the toughest job in the world and there’s no room for a feminist OR a chauvinist to ‘get-all’ self righteous.

    Eddie Brill is a staple in the comedy scene. Not only has he helped COUNTLESS comedians, he’s been a key player for a whole lot of  years. There’s definitely something else going on here…like, maybe someone wanted his job?

  35. Johnny says:

    I support his statement because it’s true. Men portray women on stage all the time and it gets a laugh. Now there’s a problem?  This is comedy, folks, and there’s no holes barred. It’s probably the toughest job in the world and there’s no room for a feminist OR a chauvinist to ‘get-all’ self righteous.

    Eddie Brill is a staple in the comedy scene. Not only has he helped COUNTLESS comedians, he’s been a key player for a whole lot of  years. There’s definitely something else going on here…like, maybe someone wanted his job?

  36. Sheckybeagleman says:

    Why was he fired? What did he say that was so horrible, that’s his opinion and observation. Eddie Brill is a really nice, funny guy, you can’t say anything anymore…ridiculous!

  37. Vic says:

    Have we forgotten that one guy, legend SNL Alum thought the same thing…with very few exceptions and yet we hold John Belushi up as a comic genius….and he was…we have gotten to sensitive these days when someone offers an opinion.

  38. Paul G Bradford says:

    Back in the bad old days before the women’s rights movement, men had a lot of destructive and deceitful things to say about women to excuse the injustice of denying women the authority and opportunity that men enjoy. Those days are gone. Praise God!
    Now we have a new problem. Anyone who tries to initiate a conversation about how men and women think differently or behave differently or have different values or find different solutions to problems is marginalized. Is it really so unbearable to contemplate the possibility that we’ve found different ways of getting by in the world?

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