We Killed The Rise of Women in American Comedy

ISBN-10: 0374287236
ISBN-13: 9780374287238
Edition: 2012
Authors: Yael Kohen
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Description: More than fifty years of iconic comediennes, unmediated and unfilteredIn January 2007,Vanity Fairpublished an essay by Christopher Hitchens called “Why Women Aren’t Funny.” It was incendiary, much-discussed, and—as proven by Yael Kohen’s fascinating  More...

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List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

More than fifty years of iconic comediennes, unmediated and unfilteredIn January 2007,Vanity Fairpublished an essay by Christopher Hitchens called “Why Women Aren’t Funny.” It was incendiary, much-discussed, and—as proven by Yael Kohen’s fascinating oral history—totally wrongheaded.InWe Killed, Kohen assembles America’s most prominent comediennes (and the writers, producers, nightclub owners, and colleagues who revolved around them) to piece together the revolution that happened to (and by) women in American comedy. We start in the 1950s, when comic success meant ridiculing and desexualizing yourself. Joan Rivers and Phyllis Diller emerged as America’s favorite frustrated ladies; the joke was always on them. The Sixties saw the appearance of smart, edgy comediennes (Elaine May, Lily Tomlin), and the women’s movement brought a new wave of radicals: the women ofSNL, tough-ass stand-ups, and a more independent breed on TV (Mary Tyler Moore and her sisters). There were battles to fight and preconceptions to shake before we could get to where we finally are: in a world where women (like Tina Fey, or, whether you like them or not, Sarah Silverman and Chelsea Handler) can be smart, attractive, sexually confident—and most of all, flat-out funny.Like all revolutions, it’s suffered false starts and backslides. But it’s been a remarkable trip, as the more than one hundred people interviewed for this riveting oral history make clear. With a chorus of creative voices and often hilarious storytelling,We Killedis essential cultural and social history.

Cast of Characters
Author�s Note
Introduction
Mothers of Invention
Headlining
Lily of the Underground
Headlining
Prime Time
Headlining
In the Spot: Carol Burnett
Saturday Night Live: The Boys� Club
Headlining
I Am Woman
Headlining
In the Spot: Merrill Markoe
The Boom Yours
Headlining: Roseanne
In the Spot: Ellen DeGeneres
Ianeane Garofalo and Friends
Headlining
Saturday Night Live: The Girls�s Club
Headlining
Comic Rising
Headlining
Acknowledgments

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