You know that thing when people are all like, “Blah blah blah women aren’t funny,” and you’re all like, “What!? Is that a thing people actually say?” and then you never speak to those people again? Yes, do know that thing because we’re friends. As friends we should both read We Killed: The Rise Of Women In American Comedy. It’s a new oral history about women in comedy by writer Yael Kohen. She spoke with many, many people, including: Ellen DeGeneres, Janeane Garofalo, Lisa Kudrow, Eugene Mirman, Mon’que, Aubrey Plaza, Sandra Bernhard, Maya Rudolph, Joan Rivers, David Cross, Phyllis Diller, Robin Williams, Kristen Wiig, Matt Besser, and more and Louie Anderson (remember Louie Anderson?). It’s not about “Are women funny?” because we know they are; it’s about how they started getting the credit they deserve. The book comes out in October but you can and should pre-order it now. At minimum, we can finally check in on Louie Anderson.
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