Women in Comedy

Makers: Women in Comedy tracks the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of 70s sitcoms like 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. Contemporary comics, including Chelsea Handler, Mo’Nique, Sarah Silverman, Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Lynch and Kathy Griffin, talk about where women started in this competitive, male-dominated profession and where they are determined to go.

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From Makers Season One

Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett on her barrier-breaking series, The Carol Burnett Show.

Joan Rivers on Her Rough Entrance Into Comedy

Joan Rivers on Her Rough Entrance Into Comedy

Joan Rivers describes her troubles breaking into the comedy world.

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