In on the joke : the original queens of standup comedy

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New York : Doubleday, [2022].
First edition.
9780385545785 (HRD), 0385545789 (HRD)
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xii, 383 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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New York : Doubleday, [2022].
First edition.
9780385545785 (HRD), 0385545789 (HRD)


Includes bibliographical references and index.
"Today, women are ascendant in standup comedy, even preeminent. They make headlines, fill arenas, spawn blockbuster movies. But before Amy Schumer slayed, Tiffany Haddish killed, and Ali Wong drew roars, the very idea of a female comedian seemed, to mostof America, like a punchline. And it took a special sort of woman-indeed, a parade of them-to break and remake the mold. In on the Joke is the story of a group of unforgettable women who knocked down the doors of standup comedy so other women could get ashot. It spans decades, from Moms Mabley's rise in Black vaudeville between the World Wars, to the roadhouse ribaldry of Belle Barth and Rusty Warren in the '50s and '60s, to Elaine May's co-invention of improv comedy, to Joan Rivers' and Phyllis Diller'sferocious ascent to mainstream stardom. These women refused to be defined by type and tradition, facing down indifference, puzzlement, nay-saying, and unvarnished hostility. They were discouraged by agents, managers, audiences, critics, fellow performers-even their families. And yet they persevered against the tired notion that women couldn't be funny, making space not only for themselves but for the women who followed them. Meticulously researched and irresistibly drawn, Shawn Levy's group portrait forms a new pantheon of comedy excellence. In on the Joke shows how women broke into the boys' club, offered new ideas of womanhood, and had some laughs along the way"--,Provided by publisher.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Levy, S. (2022). In on the joke: the original queens of standup comedy (First edition.). Doubleday.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Levy, Shawn. 2022. In On the Joke: The Original Queens of Standup Comedy. Doubleday.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Levy, Shawn. In On the Joke: The Original Queens of Standup Comedy Doubleday, 2022.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Levy, Shawn. In On the Joke: The Original Queens of Standup Comedy First edition., Doubleday, 2022.

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