Wet Hot American Summer actress Elizabeth Banks, who also directs and produces films, announced this week that she has launched a comedy platform to help foster women content creators online. “There are people doing it really well for boys. I just felt like there was not a place that was doing it really, really well, and specifically, for girls and women,” Banks, 42, told Ad Age in an interview. WhoHaha.com, already live with posts for original video series like “Ask a Badass” and “Really Important Questions,” as well as aggregated funny content from female video makers and comedians, fills a void felt by women making comedy online. Luigi Picarazzi, the head of Bank’s digital management company, said WhoHaha gives women the power. “The only platform they had online was to do something with FunnyorDie, which starred females but was very much made for men,” he said. (We also can also point comedy’s wordy female creators in the direction of Reductress, which rules.)
“We’re not anti-male,” Banks said of WhoHaha. “We love boys and men and their eyeballs. There will be lots of boys and men on our site, just not as content creators.” Others are encouraged to send in the names and YouTube channels of those whose jokes they recommend, so bring on the funny ladies!