The MAKERS of Comedy


Comedy hasn't always been an especially welcoming space for women. Cristen and Caroline highlight the hilarious female trailblazers who've been honored by MAKERS, an historic initiative that aims to be the largest and most dynamic collection of women's stories ever assembled.

The MAKERS of Comedy:

Carol Burnett, First Woman Variety Show Host. http://www.makers.com/carol-burnett

Tig Notaro, Comedian. http://www.makers.com/tig-notaro

Margaret Cho, Comedian. http://www.makers.com/margaret-cho

Ellen DeGeneres, Comedian and Talk Show Host. http://www.makers.com/ellen-degeneres-0

Episode sources:

"We Killed -- The Rise of Women in American Comedy" by Yael Kohen. 2012. Macmillan. http://us.macmillan.com/BookCustomPage_New.aspx?isbn=9781250037787

""We Killed" -- Women in Comedy, From Stand-Ups to Sitcoms" by Linda Holmes. Oct. 16, 2012. NPR. http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2012/10/16/163029739/we-killed-women-in-comedy-from-stand-ups-to-sitcoms

"Book Excerpt -- "We Killed, The Rise of Women in American Comedy, A Very Oral History" by Yael Kohen. Oct. 26, 2012. Women and Hollywood. http://blogs.indiewire.com/womenandhollywood/book-excerpt-we-killed-the-rise-of-women-in-american-comedy-a-very-oral-history

"Pretty Comedians - Funny and Pretty Actresses" by Yael Kohen. March 12, 2009. Marie Claire. http://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity-lifestyle/celebrities/female-comedians-funny-actresses

"The Evolution of Women in Comedy -- From Mary Tyler Moore to Amy and Mindy" by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong. July 17, 2013. Women and Hollywood. http://blogs.indiewire.com/womenandhollywood/guest-post-the-evolution-of-women-in-comedy-from-mary-tyler-moore-to-amy-and-mindy

"The Groundbreaking Women of Sketch Comedy" by Bradford Evans. Jan. 25, 2011. Splitsider. http://splitsider.com/2011/01/the-groundbreaking-women-of-sketch-comedy/

"Black Comedienne Sasheer Zamata Joins SNL" by Inkoo Kang. Jan. 07, 2014. Women and Hollywood. http://blogs.indiewire.com/womenandhollywood/black-comedienne-sasheer-zamata-joins-snl

"Black women in comedy talk SNL's diversity debut" by Alexis Stodghill. Jan. 18, 2014. The Grio. http://thegrio.com/2014/01/18/black-women-in-comedy-talk-snls-diversity-debut/

"What it's like to audition for SNL as a black woman" by Natalie McNeal. Nov. 05, 2013. Salon. http://www.salon.com/2013/11/05/what_its_like_to_audition_for_snl_as_a_black_woman/

Academic insights:

"Have Women a Sense of Humor? Comedy and Femininity in Early 20th-Century Film" by Kristen Anderson Wagner. Fall 2011. The Velvet Light Trap. http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/the_velvet_light_trap/summary/v068/68.wagner.html

"Breaking the Crass Ceiling -- Women As Comedians" by Julie Webber. March 12, 2012. Paper for Western Political Science Association Meeting. http://wpsa.research.pdx.edu/meet/2012/webber.pdf

"(Un)funny women -- TV comedy audiences and the gendering of humour" by Inger-Lise Kalviknes Bore. 2010. European Journal of Cultural Studies. http://www.researchgate.net/publication/249631043_%28Un%29funny_women_TV_comedy_audiences_and_the_gendering_of_humour

Topics in this Podcast: women's history, humor, Entertainment, trailblazers, makers, comedy