Why Wednesday Addams is a Comedy Icon

Kate Stone

Kate Stone

When it comes to girls and young women characters there appears to be an odd belief that there are few examples of them in comedy, specifically examples who could be held up as comedic role models. I seem to have some extra time on my hands right now and rather than rearrange my wardrobe I have decided to dedicate an essay each to the fictional girls and young women who deserve more recognition for their comedy.

It’s Thursday and once again I find myself writing about a little girl who doesn’t fit in and doesn’t intend to. Comedy ensues.

This week you voted for Wednesday Addams. Originally a character in a 1930’s comic strip in The New Yorker by Charles Addams, Wednesday Addams has been in papers, cartoons, TV series and film. But my first encounter with Wednesday Addams was in the films and my love for this creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky character on the big screen holds to this day.

It is my sincere belief that Christina Ricci was not born, but willed into existence by the Addams Family franchise to play Wednesday Addams. Not only is Ricci’s round visage reminiscent of those spooky porcelain dolls you swear are watching you, but her sober delivery and cold stare show that, at 11 years old, Ricci had a firm grasp of who Wednesday Addams was. It is a role a child (or adult for that matter) could be tempted to ham up, but Ricci’s stern portrayal stole the show. Clearly Ricci shared her character’s precocious streak.

As a comedy character in the films, Wednesday Addams is fascinating. Too weird, self-aware and comfortable with herself to be the straight man, Wednesday’s severity creates a comedy grey area as she leaves people with the distinct sensation she is laughing at them. Inside. She is simply one of those people who goes through life forever unruffled. It’s an attribute that causes the people around her to increasingly fuss and flounder, becoming more ridiculous. Their discomfort contrasted with Wednesday’s cool demeanour makes for great comedy.

Also, Wednesday Addams is the queen of deadpan. From asking a girl scout selling girl scout cookies who has slighted her if her cookies “are made with real girl scouts?” to answering the question: “what would you do if you met the right man, who worshipped and adored you, who’d do anything for you, who’d be your devoted slave, then what would you do?” with the devastating “I’d pity him” Wednesday makes Daria Morgendorffer sound like Brittany Taylor.

While I don’t necessarily think young girls grew up wishing their mother would let them play games called Is there a God? which involve electrocuting a sibling, I do think plenty of us lived vicariously through Wednesday every time she unsettled her foes with her dry wit. It’s no wonder every Halloween there’s a clutch of people out in long pigtails and black Peter Pan collared dresses. She truly is a comedy icon.

If you have a character you’d like to suggest for this, then tweet me @funnywomened

Read why Marmalade Atkins is a comedy icon here! 

Read why Tracy Beaker is a comedy icon here! 

Read why Daria Morgendorffer is a comedy icon here! 

Read why Anastasia Krupnik is a comedy icon here! 

Read why Helga Pataki is a comedy icon here! 

Check these out

From the Funny Women Team

A Pat on the Back

I’m ‘awarding’ myself a great big pat on the back for getting through last year!  I’m older, wiser and a wee bit wobblier for the experience and super

Read More »

Write for us

If you are reading this, then a great big THANK YOU is required!  You may have noticed that it’s been a little bit quieter on our Magazine pages

Read More »
Get notified when registration opens

Comedy Shorts Award Entry Requirements

The deadline for registration for the Comedy Shorts Award has passed.

Funny Women NextUp…Comedy Shorts Award

Are you a budding Director? Producer? Screenwriter? Are you collaborating with friends to make a funny video? Then we are looking for YOU!

If you have a short film or sketch that you think is hilarious, then enter your work for our Comedy Shorts Award to be in with a chance of winning some life-changing support and mentoring from comedy professionals.

WHAT KIND OF FILM ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

A 1- 6 minute film that can take the form of anything comical. It’s a great opportunity to show us your creative flair and have fun!

WHO CAN ENTER?

This award is open to all women filmmakers and content developers. The film must be an original narrative created, produced and devised by a woman, or women, although male cast and crew members are allowed.

ARE THERE ANY ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR MY FILM?

Yes – we require all films to be 6 minutes or under, to be entirely original dialogue, to not feature brand logos and most importantly, to only use music with the written consent of the performer and/or publisher either personally or via the PRS system https://www.prsformusic.com/ .

WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH MY FILM?

We will broadcast selected entries on our Funny Women YouTube channel and social media (so keep an eye out) and the top 10 finalists’ films will also hosted on a dedicated Funny Women Comedy Shorts Awards page on our website. We will also broadcast the final 3 entries as part of the grand final night.

HOW IS IT JUDGED?

Films are judged for production, concept, delivery/performance, creativity, writing and overall funniness. The top 10 films are then viewed by an independent judging panel of top television and film industry professionals who will choose one overall winner and two runners up. The final three will be invited to attend the grand final in London on the 23rd September.

WHAT CAN I WIN?

2021 Funny Women Awards Prizes

The deadline for registration for the Comedy Shorts Award has passed.

If you need further information please contact us here