It was girl power to the zillionth degree at Joe’s Pub in the East Village last night as Glamour presented “These Girls,” a series of comedic original monologues performed by some of the biggest names in Hollywood: Olivia Wilde, Parks and Recreation‘s Rashida Jones and Aubrey Plaza, Girls‘ Zosia Mamet, For a Good Time Call’s Lauren Miller (also Mrs. Seth Rogan) and Ari Graynor and Leandra “Man Repeller” Medine.
The evening started out with a short filmed intro by fairy (feminist) godmother Gloria Steinem (who uttered the first of many F-bombs of the evening), and recent New York Times Sunday Styles profile Mamie Gummer, who got the party going with the directive, “When anyone here hears the word vagina it means to drink”. Okay!
Hilarious monologues from Rashida Jones, Ari Graynor (who read a Leandra Medine-penned monologue about, well, her period), Zosia Mamet and Aubrey Plaza. There were several nuggets to glean from the speeches but our favorite had to be Plaza’s revelation that she once temped at Bravotv.com judging doggie photos (whaaat?) and that she was eventually disciplined for blogging during office hours and–omgeeee–her blogspot still exists on the interwebs.
The final monologue of the night was performed by the stunning and incredibly talented Olivia Wilde, who really laid it all out there while providing enough juicy sound bites to fill an US Weekly cover story.
On divorcing ex-husband Tao Ruspoli (who Wilde married at age 19): “I felt like my vagina died,” “He was a sex addict” and why should she “pay him an allowance when he hits on your friends.”
Sounds like a bunch of deal breakers to us. And then she proceeded to wax lyrical about her new boyfriend, whom she didn’t name, but she didn’t need to since he–that would be Jason Sudeikis–was sitting in a booth right across from the stage.
Well, the only way to top all of the above was to—I don’t know—have Amy effin’ Poehler close out the show by belting out (and mangling) the lyrics to Katy Perry’s “Firework.” Which is exactly what happened.
After the performances wrapped and the after-party DJ’ed by Alexa Chung kicked off, we caught up with Aubrey Plaza who shared her experience with how fashion for female comics has changed during this milestone time for women in comedy.