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Women and Comedy in Solo Performance: Phyllis Diller, Lily Tomlin, and Rosanne

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Overview

This work examines the dramatic changes in America women's comedy performance in the years 1955-1995.The study focuses on the standup of Phyllis Diller and Roseanne andon the character comedy of Lily Tomlin. As the historical arc of women's comedy unfolds, it outlines a change from the traditional vaudevillian style of standup, as represented by Diller (50s-70s), to a more satiric comedy represented by Tomlin (60s-80s) and Roseanne (80s-90s).
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Overview 1
Ch. 2 Phyllis Diller : the clown as stand-up comedian 17
Ch. 3 Lily Tomlin : breaking with tradition 33
Ch. 4 Roseanne : fighting for women's comic voice 53
Ch. 5 Women's comedy on the stage : The search for signs of intelligent life in the universe, by Jane Wagner 71
Ch. 6 Feminist humor and change : the work of Kate Clinton, Paula Poundstone, and Whoopi Goldberg 89
Ch. 7 Margaret Cho and Ellen DeGeneres : directions for women in stand-up 113
Notes 131
Bibliography 133
Index 145
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