“Kate stalks around bare-legged in skirts that lurch to a halt two inches above the knee, which is a length that Christy Turlington would struggle to carry off. It’s possible that Fey, like other television stars, is unused to being framed in full length, and, though in complete command of her delivery—dry, spiky, but unthreatening—she hasn’t yet made up her mind how funny her body is meant to be. She isn’t big enough to make a joke of her ripeness, like Bette Midler, but she’s no Lily Tomlin, either. She could do worse than steal a trick from Lucille Ball—a lovely, elegant figure who taught herself to be graceless.”
Allow me my little moment of being humorlessly indignant here but … we agree that no one would ever take a dude comedian to task for not having decided how funny his body is meant to be, right? I get what Lane is trying to say, but the way this is worded is just so … weird. Of course physicality is a big part of funniness, but can’t someone just look like, well, a completely normal-sized lady and still get laughs, or do funny women all have to either be either comically voluptuous or hilariously awkward skinny minnies? Blarg.