Elizabeth Banks on Discovering Female Role Models and Ending the 'Women Can't Be Funny' Stereotype
04/11/2016 AT 08:00 PM EDT
The multi-hyphenate star stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday, and talked about her new website, WhoHaHa.com, which hopes to shine a light on undiscovered female comedic talent.
"I just launched a content platform called WhoHaHa.com," Banks said, explaining the name is about the "who behind the ha-ha."
The website itself, she continued, is, "a comedy site that promotes, highlights, spotlights and cultivates funny women."
The Pitch Perfect 3 director explained to Ellen that she "wanted to put to rest the ridiculous statement that women are not … Well I won’t even say but you are living proof that women are hilariously fun and funny."
Feeling that there wasn't a place online that showcases funny women, Banks said she created the website partly in homage of the funny women she grew up with, who inspired her to pursue a career in comedy.
"I grew up staying up late to watch Saturday Night Live, and I started out with Jane Curtin when I was young and Julia Louis Dreyfus and then Cheri Oteri and Molly Shannon and all these great women," she said.
By setting up her website, Banks hopes to inspire young women the way she was watching SNL as a kid.
"I felt like who haha could provide a place for young women because everything is online now and they could see some role models and get inspired like I was when I was young."