It's debateable whether one's "moment arrives" when one is on the cover of Maxim or is a confirmed fave of fanboys on "Attack of the Show," or one even gets a role on NBC's new fall comedy, "Perfect Couples."
(Did I mention her book yet, "Suck It, Wonder Woman, the Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek?" She'll be signing copies at the Book Revue on Saturday . . .)
But it most definitely has arrived when you are exhibit A in a Jezebel.com piece about sexism at "The Daily Show," which just hired Olivia Munn as a correspondent.
A pullout from said piece: "One female comedian who has auditioned multiple times for the show says, 'Looking back, it was ridiculous of me to even prepare! Should I have gone to the gym more? Done Playboy? It's such a joke."
(Munn has also appeared in or on Playboy, fully clothed, and has a reputation for being a hottie, albeit a funny hottie which -- surprise -- is why "Attack" and "TDS" were interested, and who can really blame 'em, but that's me being sexist, I suppose . . .)
In an amazing move yesterday, "TDS'" resident staff of female producers, editors, writers and assistants posted a letter on "TDS's" website, debunking the entire premise of Jezebel. It read like a rather convincing debunk. Some excerpts:
"The Daily Show isn't a place where women quietly suffer on the sidelines as barely
tolerated tokens. On the contrary: just like the men here, we're indispensable. We
generate a significant portion of the show's creative content and the fact is, it
wouldn't be the show that you love without us.
"But what's [Jon Stewart] really like? Well, for a sexist ----, he can be quite charming. He's
also generous, humble, genuine, compassionate, fair, supportive, exacting, stubborn,
goofy, hands-on, driven, occasionally infuriating, ethical, down-to-earth and -- a lot
of people don't know this -- surprisingly funny (for a guy brimming with “joyless
rage”). How else to describe him? What's the word that means the opposite of sexist?
That one. "
What's poor Olivia -- co-host of G4's "Attack of the Show" with Kevin Pereira got to do with any of this?
In a word . . .make that two words . . .cream pie.
She jumped in one with a skimpy maid's costume on, plus her hugely web-popular clip of her eating a hotdog, posted on Jezebel, are additional exhbits in Jezebel's argument that "TDS" is a seeething, testorone-infested male pigdom.
Personally, I think it's all a bit of a stretch. Munn is popular on "Attack of the Show," but her act seems pretty mild to me -- "salacious" isn't even remotely a word that comes to mind.
Here's the famed cream pie skit. (It's pretty lame, but it's also not every day you see someone jump in a cream pie; Pereira followed.)
Meanwhile, check out Munn this fall on the new sexist NBC comedy, "Perfect Couples."
(Here, by the way, is a more representative Munn moment...)