Interview with Page Hurwitz

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Page Hurwitz’s MySpace profile lists her occupation

as "Misanthrope/Birthday Clown." But when she’s not grumbling about

the human race or making balloon animals for squealing children, Hurwitz is

developing, producing and writing comedy shows for television, and writing captions for photos of herself.

Page Hurwitz in a completely candid photo

A New York native now living in Los Angeles, Hurwitz began

her comedy career performing at Josie’s Cabaret and Juice Joint, the fabled

venue in San Francisco’s Castro District that also helped launch the careers of

Margaret Cho, Whoopi Goldberg, Lea DeLaria and Marga Gomez.

Hurwitz spent the next several years touring all over the U.S. and Canada, and writing for various TV

and film projects for Comedy Central, NBC, Warner Bros. Animation and

Nickelodeon. Most recently, Hurwitz co-executive produced and wrote the fourth

season of the hit NBC show, Last Comic Standing.

Hurwitz can also be seen on the 2005 Logo comedy special, Wisecrack,

delivering a hilarious stand-up performance that was taped live at the Abbey in

Los Angeles.

The Abbey is also where I met with Hurwitz to talk about Last

Comic Standing
and her future projects, whether women are funnier than men,

and what we love about our fellow Angelinos. (Again, all photos and captions provided

by Hurwitz.)

AfterEllen: Last

Comic Standing
just wrapped another season. Tell me who won, because I

don’t want to look it up.


PH: You mean you didn’t watch it?

AE: I didn’t watch it.

PH: You’re such a … Listen, Donna,

this is ridiculous, do you even know what the name of the show is? It’s Sabrina

the Teenage Witch,
[laughs] the one with the mechanical cat. That cat is

hilarious.

AE: [laughs] What? A

mechanical cat won Last Comic Standing?

PH:
No. A woman named Iliza Shlesinger won Last Comic Standing. It’s

the first time a woman has won.

AE: That’s great. Why don’t women win more

often?


PH: Women don’t win at anything,

Dara.

At work on Last Comic Standing,

Page is drunk with imagined power


AE: Oh yeah,

I forgot.


PH: There’s a misconception that

women aren’t as funny as men. I think you can argue that men aren’t as funny as

women. If you look at the sheer number of people who audition for our show, 90

percent are male, and an overwhelming majority of them don’t make it. The women

that audition actually have a better percentage of success, at least in the

early rounds. But I’m just making a stupid argument. Honestly, it’s stupid to

say that men are funnier than women, or women are funnier than men, or gay

people are funnier than straight people.

Funny is funny; it doesn’t matter who you are. Although Scandinavians aren’t

funny at all.

AE: No, not like

Norwegians; they’re hysterical. Especially gay Norwegians.

PH:
We’ve had a lot of gay and lesbian performers on our show. We’ve had

Michele Balan. This season, we had Erin Foley. And there have been a ton of gay and lesbian comics who get auditions and make it

to the nighttime rounds, so they get some camera time. Sabrina Matthews was on

the show in a previous season, too. I love her.

AE: Oh yeah, me too. She’s

one of my favorites. What are you working on these days?

PH:
I’m developing a series for TBS, called Comedy Road Show, a

variety show that will feature local and regional performers, like a modern-day vaudeville.

We’ll also have short films and animation, and novelty comedy acts.

AE: I’d like to see a

conjoined twin comedy act. Can you do something about that?


PH: You know, Denise, it’s funny you

say that. I was just talking about conjoined twins. I had a show last night and

I was thinking, "Oh, damn it, I should have said ‘conjoined twins.’"

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