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Women Who Make America – Women in Comedy

21 November @ 1:30 PM

Women In Comedy tracks the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of 70s sitcoms like Norman Lear’s Maude to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom and building to today’s multifaceted landscape. Today, movies like Bridesmaids break box office records and the women of Saturday Night Live are often more famous than their male counterparts, but it didn’t start out that way. Early breakout female comics had to keep their jokes within the safe context of marriage, motherhood, and a man’s world. But they still found a way to be subversive.

From Chelsea Handler to Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, female comics have finally become mainstream. And today, the very idea of being out of the club is even laughable. As Joan Rivers says “There is no such thing as women’s comedy. What are you all talking about? Done, over it. Next!”

The program includes interviews with contemporary comics, including Chelsea Handler, Mo’Nique, Sarah Silverman, Joan Rivers, Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Lynch and Kathy Griffin, who talk about where women started in this competitive, male-dominated profession and where they are determined to go. Produced and directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady.

Narrated by Leslie Mann.

 

Please RSVP HERE if you’d like to attend the session. The session will be in the Board Room of the Bayfront Towers, on the 28th floor.