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The girl in the show : three generations of comedy, culture, and feminism
Fields, Anna, 1981- author.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Arcade Publishing, [2017]
Physical Description:
xxvii, 360 pages ; 24 cm
""I'm not funny at all. What I am is brave."--Lucille Ball With powerhouses like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Amy Schumer dominating the entertainment landscape and memoirs from today's most vocal feminist comediennes shooting up the bestseller lists, women in comedy have never been more influential. Marking this cultural shift, The Girl in the Show provides an in-depth exploration of how comedy and feminism have grown hand in hand to give women a stronger voice in the ongoing fight for equality. From I Love Lucy to SNL to today's rising cable and web-series stars, Anna Fields' entertaining retrospective combines amusing and honest personal narratives with the historical, political, and cultural contexts of the feminist movement. With interview subjects like Abbi Jacobson, Molly Shannon, Mo Collins, and Lizz Winstead among others-as well as actresses, stand-up comics, writers, producers, and female comedy troupes-Fields shares true stories of wit and heroism from some of our most treasured (and under-represented) artists. At its heart, The Girl in the Show captures the urgency of our continued struggle towards equality, allowing the reader to both revel in-and rebel against-our collective ideas of "women's comedy.""--
A spoonful of sugar. Truth plus -- The mockingbird -- The somebody. Lucy/Lucille -- The pit and the pendulum -- Queen Lear. The invisible visible -- Talk dirty to the animals -- Enter through the wound -- Fighting for laughs -- Rewiring the ficus tree -- Lookism. Punching up -- Looking and seeing -- "Yes, and-ing" the f-word. Does millennial = feminist? -- I have met my enemy, and she is me -- We're all in this together -- Safe spaces -- Running from Roe -- Exploding the bomb.
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