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Tina Fey says it is a “terrible time” for women in comedy

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Actress Tina Fey arrives at the premiere of Disney's "Muppets Most Wanted" at the El Capitan Theatre on March 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Comedy star Tina Fey told Town and Country magazine that 2016 is a “terrible time” for women in comedy — given the fact that male comedic actors can perform in subpar movies and still get paid more than their female counterparts. Discussing the sexist line of questioning she was faced with during a press tour with Amy Poehler for their recent comedy Sisters, she said she wanted journalists to stop bringing up the question whether women are funny or not.  “Every single interviewer asked, ‘Isn’t this an amazing time for women in comedy?’” she told the magazine. “People really wanted us to be openly grateful – ‘Thank you so much!’ – and we were like, ‘No, it’s a terrible time.’ If you were to really look at it, the boys are still getting more money for a lot of garbage, while the ladies are hustling and doing amazing work for less.”

Fey also discussed how interviewers would often try to pit her and sister-in-arms Amy Poehler against each other, saying: “[They would ask] ‘You and Amy have known each other for so long. What do you fight about?’ And we’d say, ‘We fight about the same things Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg fight about. Do you ask them that question?’”

Read the full story at Town and Country.

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