Are Gen Y Women Poised To Take Over Comedy?

Kaling and DeschanelThis Sunday, Rebel Wilson hosted the 21st MTV Movie Awards, becoming the first female host since 2007 when Jessica Alba took on the task.  During the course of the night, she also won “Best Breakthrough Performance” and “Best Musical Moment” awards for her role as Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect. With a slew of movie roles in the last three years, and rumors of a television show being built around her in her future, Wilson could very well serve as a symbol of a larger shift happening in comedy: the takeover of the Millennial female. 

Looking at the past generation, male Xer comedians like Adam Sandler and Will Farrell, who often were born out of the SNL family, would carry huge franchises and movies with huge fan followings. It seems that Gen Y is not following that pattern. Vulture is wondering where our next male comic superstars are, but they might just be looking at the wrong gender. Instead of male comic headliners, we have a rush of Millennial female helmed comedies like New Girl, Girls, 2 Broke Girls, and The Mindy Project taking over the airwaves. Many of the Gen Y female stars in these shows are also writers or producers of their content, setting the stage for Gen Y female comedians to become the major Hollywood power players of their generation.

A quick rundown of recent TV comedies provides evidence that Gen Y female comedy stars are currently building their empires in Hollywood. Polarizing comedian Whitney Cummings had three different shows on the air in 2012, co-creating and executive producing 2 Broke Girls on CBS, creating, exec-producing and starring in Whitney on NBC, and also starring in her own talk show on E!. 2 Broke Girls, of course, stars two more Gen Y female comic actresses. Meanwhile, Zooey Deschanel doesn’t just star in (hugely Millennial popular) show New Girl


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Quote of the Day: “I would want anyone that is not named Clinton or Trump to be the next president.”—Male, 23, NY

Millennials are so not feeling this election. In a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, only 54% of voters under the age of 35 say they are highly interested in the current campaign, a 6% decrease from 2012, and 18% below the general voter population. Millennials’ level of enthusiasm is a stark contrast from the past two presidential campaigns, which is troubling for current candidates since President Obama’s election relied heavily on the college student vote in battleground states. The poll—which was conducted from Oct. 10-13—also revealed that Clinton was leading Trump among 18-29-year-old voters by only 13%. (The Wall Street Journal

Chipotle has launched a weekly Snapchat show to get Millennials on their side once again. School of Guac is targeted to 13-24-year-olds, and is described as “after-school special meets variety show meets satirical news program.” Young performer Lorena Russi hosts the minute-long episodes, which can vary from DIY with burrito foil to an explanation on why tortilla chips are triangular. Unlike other brands’ TV programming created for Snapchat, Chipotle’s resembles the polished content usually found on traditional TV, and even incorporates fake commercials.  (Digiday

Millennials will be a crucial player in the real estate revolution of next year. In what is described as a “‘Oh, shift’ moment” for the housing market, 52% of potential home buyers next year will be first-timers, and 61% of them will be under the age of 35—according to an annual survey from®. Millennials will be mostly seeking a home is for growing families, and almost four in ten of 25-34-year-olds say single-family homes will be the type they’ll be looking to buy, followed by townhomes. Ample space, yards, and safe neighborhoods are also in demand, with 28% stating they will like to live near the suburbs, followed by 22% who prefer outlying suburbs. (

Netflix is almost “12 times more popular among teens” compared to other streaming services. Piper Jaffray’s recent semiannual survey on U.S. teenagers revealed that 37% of teens are watching Netflix daily— a significant number when only 3% can say the same for Hulu and Amazon Prime Video. YouTube came in second for teen daily video consumption at 26%, an upward trend for the platform and the first time it has come ahead of cable TV which followed at 25%. (Tech Times

Facebook wants to connect online friends in the offline world. The social platform has released a new batch of tools to let users buy tickets to events, schedule appointment with businesses, and get local dining recommendations from friends by selecting an area from their News Feed maps. The update was created to solve the “unbelievably challenging process in 2016 to figure out what there is to go do, and then…decide which of those things you want to go do and then actually engage in the doing of said things." They’ve also expanded activity streams to let users track what events their friends go to and their suggestions. (Mashable

Quote of the Day: “I like Last Week Tonight With John Oliver because he dives very deep into topics that are not always appealing, pleasant, or interesting. He turns these topics into something hilarious, entertaining, and educational at the same time.”—Male, 32, KY

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