And here, we thought this debate had been put to rest.
During a recent appearance on the Australian television programSunrise, Rose Byrne was asked about the 2011 megahit Bridesmaids—a "beloved" film which she called a "great opportunity"—but the conversation took a different turn when the age-old question came up: Can women be funny?
"It'll be exciting when people are not asking why women are funny. You know what I mean, I still get that question and I'm like, 'Really?'" the 35-year-old actress told hostRichard Wilkins.
"Is it harder for women to be funny, is that what you're saying?" Wilkins replied asking for clarification.
"I think that's the perception," Byrne responded, seemingly irked by the inquiry before adding, "I mean, I know you're not saying that."
"Often people are still surprised," the brunette stunner continued, "Like, 'Wow that's amazing! Women can be funny and successful.' It's just amazing that's still a subject of conversation which I find baffling."
She added: "They certainly didn't ask the guys from The Hangover, 'Wow! This is amazing, five guys can be funny.' It's such a double standard."
This certainly isn't the first time a female comedian has addressed the sexist question. Fellow Bridesmaids star Maya Rudolph previously expressed a similar sentiment just one month after the Paul Feig-directed film's release.
"It is a little lame to me, because I've been doing comedy for a long time," she told Chelsea Handler at the time. "And I never thought of it as 'vaginal comedy.'"