Do Boys Like Funny Girls?


Full disclosure: last week’s post originally began as this article before I got seriously distracted. It’s about Mrs. Kim’s bold statement in the pilot episode:

Mrs. Kim: So. How was school? Any of the girls get pregnant, drop out?
Lane: Not that we know of.
Rory: Though come to think of it Joanna Posner was glowing a little.
Mrs. Kim: What?
Lane: Nothing Mama she’s just kidding.
Mrs. Kim (brandishing her duster): Boys don’t like funny girls.

I love funny girls.
I think about this often, partly because I find myself surrounded with funny girls (most of whom I don’t hate) and partly because all evidence seems to proves the contrary: Dean, Luke, Jess, Max, Logan and all the Gilmore boyfriends liked funny girls (until they got dumped). So what what Mrs. Kim on?

Perhaps she’s transferring and she used to be funny but boys never liked her?  As the show progresses, she certainly eases up (in some areas), regressing to a less serious demeanour.

Or maybe it’s an ego / tradition / respect thing… are boys supposed to be funny and girls merely supposed to laugh at their jokes?

I need help with this one. Do boys like funny girls? Are you a funny girl and do boys like you? Or was she just wrong?

Mrs Kim c/o TheWB



Rich originally began contributing to GIlmore News as 'Dairyman' in 2013, a reference to the character Dairyman Dick in Tess of the D'Urbervilles, (call me Rich). Here in the UK we were late to the Gilmore party and I don't remember what made me watch my first episode - the one where Lorelai picks Rory up from the police station after she and Logan steal a yacht - but I remember watching it again immediately. And then again. Thankfully, the next show was on the next day and I watched that one three times too. And then the boat one again. I couldn't believe the dialogue was so quick and so funny and I pretended to myself that I was only watching it so I could figure out who I was more keen on - the mom or the daughter. I swore that Aaron Sorkin must have been involved but I couldn't find his name attached anywhere, even on the internet. So I watched and loved and laughed and cried and the day after the series finale, they ran the entire show from the beginning again and Rory turned into a baby so then I was all about Lorelai. Lauren Graham is astonishing ("Mother: Breathtaking") and the show was - and is - lightning in a bottle. It's a treasure for those who watch and get swept up in it, like I did and like the readers of Gilmore News. It's heartbreak and chicken soup, family dysfunction and blind optimism, lighthearted romanticism and balls-out brilliant. Thanks to Arieanna and for letting me squat and allowing my inner Gilmore Geek out for air. I worry how it would otherwise manifest.

2 thoughts on “Do Boys Like Funny Girls?

  • June 2, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    I’m not sure I’ve ever known a girl who was truly funny.


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