Why aren't women as funny as men? The irrepressible Christopher Hitchens spells it out in the best article I've read in fortnights.
Why are men, taken on average and as a whole, funnier than women? Well, for one thing, they had damn well better be. The chief task in life that a man has to perform is that of impressing the opposite sex, and Mother Nature (as we laughingly call her) is not so kind to men. In fact, she equips many fellows with very little armament for the struggle. An average man has just one, outside chance: he had better be able to make the lady laugh. [Read the whole brilliant piece]
[Warning: grownup language]