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For fans of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumerand every other “funny woman”comes a candid feminist comedy manifesto exploring the sisterhood between women’s comedy and women’s liberation.
“I’m not funny at all. What I am is brave.” Lucille Ball
From female pop culture powerhouses dominating the entertainment landscape to memoirs from today’s most vocal feminist comediennes shooting up the bestseller lists, women in comedy have never been more influential.
Marking this cultural shift, The Girl in the Show provides an in-depth exploration of how comedy and feminism have grown hand in hand to give women a stronger voice in the ongoing fight for equality. From I Love Lucy to SNL to today’s rising cable and web-series stars, Anna Fields’ entertaining retrospective combines amusing and honest personal narratives with the historical, political, and cultural contexts of the feminist movement.
With interview subjects like Abbi Jacobson, Molly Shannon, Mo Collins, and Lizz Winstead among othersas well as actresses, stand-up comics, writers, producers, and female comedy troupesFields shares true stories of wit and heroism from some of our most treasured (and under-represented) artists. At its heart, The Girl in the Show captures the urgency of our continued struggle towards equality, allowing the reader to both revel inand rebel againstour collective ideas of “women’s comedy.”
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About the Author
Anna Fields is an established author, screenwriter, television writer, producer, and award-winning documentarian whose work has been published and produced by Penguin, the Daily Beast, Newsweek, Forbes, Marie Claire , CBS, ABC, Turner Network, Mandalay Entertainment, and the Austin, LA, and Toronto Film Festivals. She resides in New York City.
Table of Contents
Part 1 A Spoonful of Sugar
Truth Plus 3
The Mockingbird 16
Part 2 The Somebody
The Pit and the Pendulum 64
Part 3 The Invisible Visible 79
Talk Dirty to the Animals 87
Enter Through the Wound 124
Fighting for Laughs 147
Rewiring the Ficus Tree 182
Part 4 Lookism
Punching Up 191
Looking and Seeing 238
Part 5 "Yes, And-ing" the F-Word
Does Millennial = Feminist? 257
I Have Met My Enemy, and She Is Me 270
We're All in This Together 287
Safe Spaces 304
Running from Roe 320
Exploding the Bomb 339
What People are Saying About This
Early praise for Anna Fields' The Girl in the Show:
“As a woman in comedy, I’m excited someone finally wrote this. The Girl in the Show taps into the deeper heart of comedy and what it’s really like to be a woman on the stage. Anna Fields gets it.” actress Molly Shannon
"Scrappy, brilliant, and funny, The Girl in the Show delivers the story of women comedians as the story of feminism, lighting up the connections among vaudeville's grande dames, television’s sitcom queens, and the wild women of stand-up, talk-shows, and web series. This book will fire you up for the next protest march and will also send you looking for clips of Gilda Radner, Lily Tomlin, and Moms Mabley." Linda Mizejewski, author of Pretty/Funny: Women Comedians and Body Politics
"A nuanced, thoughtful exploration of funny women past and present. Fields offers deft insight and a wakeup call for how much work is still necessary to dismantle the Patriarchyboth in comedy and in the broader cultural landscape. An excellent addition to feminist bookshelves everywhere." Kelly Jensen, editor of Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World