Follow In the past week there has been some talk of the character and humour building properties of being born an ugly duckling, and growing up to be an ugly duck rather than a beautiful swan.
Miranda Hart feels "extremely blessed" she wasn't one of the "beautiful ones". He was less forthcoming on the fact that the same could be said of many male comedians, but it created a bit of a ruffle as I am sure it was intended to. Can beautiful women be funny? And it depends what you mean by funny.
Jennifer Aniston is beautiful, as are Lisa Kudrow and Courtney Cox, and as part of Friends they dominated TV comedy for the whole of the s and were partly responsible for some of the funniest moments in TV history. Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock.
But there is a link here. They are all Americans well done at the back. It is true that in the UK we seem to prefer our funny women a little less alpha.
Indeed, we prefer our funny men a little less alpha. To be honest, we Brits prefer imperfection generally, and unlike mainstream America, we find our humour in failure and despair rather than aspiration. We should not take a matter of idiosyncratic national taste as a hard and fast law that applies across the board. Yes, beautiful women can be funny. Ugly women can be funny. Beautiful women can be unfunny. Ugly women can be unfunny.
The problem, in comedy specifically, occurs when we decide that if you are beautiful there is no way you can be funny. Or indeed, if you are funny there is no way you can be considered beautiful. That is the kind of binary opinion reserved for otherwise respected journalists being disappointingly moronic.