I've been looking at a blog with a cool format: Things I've Noticed, in which a topic is introduced, and several roundtable bloggers carry on a sort of conversation.
The latest entry is about stand-up comedians:
Asian comedians focus on being Asian, gay ones focus on being gay, fat ones focus on being fat, and even though they're 50% of the population, too many women comediennes focus on being female... (relationship issues with men, PMS'ing, mothers'in-law). I suppose there is pressure to make people laugh about your most obvious trait, but do they have to do it for the whole routine? Comedy about being just another human is the most universal.
(Via Things I've Noticed)