Chelsea Handler Explains Sex Tape: ‘It’s A Joke!’

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It's not easy being a female comedian: With the exception of firefighters, it's hard to think of any other profession where it barely even registers as a bias to say, “Women just aren't cut out for this.” And even more so, pretty women have always had it tough in the comedy scene, as if you could be either funny or attractive, but not both. Luckily the recent triumphs of Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman, Amy Poehler, and Chelsea Handler (all of whom were featured in an Annie Leibovitz shoot in Vogue on the subject two years ago) have shown women that you don't always have to be one the one laughing at his jokes…you can make a couple yourself and still be sexually attractive.

Handler, star of E!'s Chelsea Lately most of all embodies that motto: Combine sexiness with comedy and watch the money role in. Unfortunately, a recently revealed sex tape – in which Handler starts out fully clothed doing a comedy routine and ends up naked on all fours – seems to us the embodiment of the retroactive mindset. You can make it in LA as a young, hot comedienne, but that old casting couch rule still applies. Chelsea claims that tape was a joke, “I put it on an audition tape for a comedy club, because I'm a comedienne, and I've been showing it at birthday parties for (expletive) years!”

Even so, what does that say about chicks in the comedy world? You have to show some T&A to stand out from the crowd and compete with your male counterparts? Whether the sex tape is real or not, we'd say: If you're funny and want to pursue a comedy career, leave the faux-sex tapes to washed-up celebrities and porn stars.