We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy by Yael Kohen

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I expected this to be an oral history of comedians so I was a little surprised at how much space was given over to improv and writing for sitcoms.  Not that it wasn't interesting but I kept wondering when we'd be getting back to the comedians.   A lot of the focus of the book is about women breaking into the largely male arena of stand-up comedy and the perception, by some people, that women aren't funny.  There is some rehashing of well-worn topics like how hard women had it on  Saturday Night Live, and other not so well known, like how supportive Janeane Garofalo was to other comedians. The author did get a number of big female comedy names: Ellen DeGeneres, Phyllis Diller, Kathy Griffin, etc. to talk to her,  but I would have liked to have heard from Elayne Boosler since she's mentioned so often.  But on the whole this was an entertaining and informative book. Check Our Catalog

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