We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy

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From live comedy to television and bestseller lists, women rule the comedy industry—and, as this fascinating oral history shows, they have fought long and hard to make their way to the top.

In We Killed, Yael Kohen assembles America’s most prominent comediennes—along with the writers, producers, and nightclub owners in their orbit—to piece together the rise of women in American comedy. Beginning with the emergence of Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers in the fifties, and moving forward to the edgy intelligence of Elaine May and Lily Tomlin on to the tough-ass stand-ups who would take SNL by storm, Kohen chronicles the false starts, backslides, and triumphs of female comedians.

With a chorus of more than one hundred creative voices, We Killed takes us backstage to tell the story of the revolution that brought us Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman, and Chelsea Handler—and a world where women can be smart, attractive, sexually confident, and flat-out funny.

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Author Yael Kohen
Publisher Picador Books
Page Count 352pp
Publication Size 5.5 x 8 x 1
Publication Notes Paperback
Publication Date October 1, 2013
ISBN 978-1250037787

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