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She’s Pretty Funny…for a Woman

Sep 7, 2015

Amy-SchumerShe’s Pretty Funny…for a Woman: The Changing Face of Ladies and Laughter

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The year 2015 has been a big one for women in comedy. Amy Schumer’s smash hit  Trainwreck upended the traditional rules of the rom-com. Former Daily Show correspondent, Samantha Bee’s been building excitement for her own late night show on TBS, while Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Grace and Frankie showed funny women of all ages could makes us laugh out loud. You could say “We’ve come a long way, baby!”

But have we?

We still don’t have a female network late night talk show host. Women are still a minority in most writers’ rooms. Some female comics still find certain topics too taboo to tackle. But why? And what can we do to change that?

Join Alex Cohen of 89.3 KPCC’s “Take Two” at the Crawford Family Forum for a raucous evening of fun and laughter as she sits down with some of the funniest ladies working in film and television today to talk about the state of women in comedy.

 

Laraine Newman (center) with cast of Saturday Night Live, season 1

Laraine Newman (center) in 1975 with cast of Saturday Night Live, season 1

 

Amid stand-up and videos, hear why it’s taken Hollywood so long to recognize women as funny, and where Tinsel Town is still lagging. We’ll explore the differences between what audiences are comfortable seeing when it comes to women and men. And of course, we’ll be diving into those messy female issues of body image, body parts, sex, age and motherhood and seeing how they all fit into the funny stew.

Guests:

  • Jenny Slate: Actress, Comedian, Writer (Parks and Recreation, Girls, Obvious Child, Marcell the Shell with Shoes On)
  • Kristina Wong: Performance Artist and Comedienne (Comedy Central)
  • Laraine Newman: Original cast member of Saturday Night Live and Founding Member of The Groundlings
  • Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton aka “Frangela“: L.A. based comedy duo
  • Standup performance by Sara Schaefer

 

She’s Pretty Funny…for a Woman
Monday, September 14th, 7:30-9 p.m.
Crawford Family Forum, 474 South Raymond Ave., Pasadena 91105
This event and waitlist are now at capacity
Those still interested may join the Livestream here

 

Jenny Slate: photo source, New York Post

Jenny Slate: photo source, New York Post

 

 

 




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