For fans of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer—and every other "funny woman"—comes a candid feminist comedy manifesto exploring the sisterhood between women's comedy and women's liberation.
On Sale: August 8, 2017
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Non-Fiction | Humor
“I’m not funny at all. What I am is brave.” —Lucille Ball
From female pop culture powerhouses dominating the
entertainment landscape to 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
explores 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's entertaining,
thoughtful, and candid retrospective combines personal
narratives with the historical, political, and cultural
contexts of the feminist movement.
With interview subjects such as Abbi Jacobson, Molly
Shannon, Mo Collins, and Lizz Winstead—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
underrepresented) artists. Creating a blueprint for the
feminist comedians of tomorrow using lessons of the past,
The Girl in the Show encourages readers to revel in—and
rebel against—our collective ideas of "women's comedy."
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