"I'M NOT FUNNY AT ALL. WHAT I AM IS BRAVE."
- LUCILLE BALL
Being a “female comedian” is like bicycling in heavy traffic. You can ride on the same roads as cars, but they weren’t built for you. You spend way more time...trying not to get hurt than navigating with ease.
– From The Girl in the Show: Three Generations of Comedy, Culture, & Feminism by Anna Fields
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THE GIRL IN THE SHOW
For fans of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer—and every other “funny woman”—comes a candid feminist comedy manifesto exploring the sisterhood between women’s comedy and women’s liberation.
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 others—as well as actresses, stand-up comics, writers, producers, and female comedy troupes—Fields 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 in—and rebel against—our collective ideas of “women’s comedy.”
Check below for the latest book signings, workshops, lectures, on-air interviews and so much more
THE GIRL IN THE SHOW
PRIVATE SCREENING AND Q&A WITH THE DIRECTOR
THURSDAY, MARCH 22ND @7PM
HER VOICE: REVOLUTIONARY WOMEN IN HISTORY
EVERY THURSDAY IN MARCH ON 88.5 WFDD
TALKING DIRTY TO THE ANIMALS
AN ONLINE COLUMN BY ANNA FIELDS
CNN ORIGINAL SERIES
SUNDAY NIGHTS @ 10PM ET/PT
Anna Fields, interviewing LA-based comedian Eliza Skinner
"When we discussed all of this underlying competition, Eliza Skinner commented, 'If I were going to give advice to women, anytime you find yourself judging another woman on anything, just cut it out. Just stop. Whether it’s if their voices are annoying. Whether it’s that they seem sexy. Whether it’s that they aren’t funny. ‘She isn’t even fucking funny! Fuck her!’ You’re just making it worse. There should be every type of woman in the public eye and everywhere. There should be every type of female character. And we get charged now with being a certain type of woman: ‘You should be like a certain type of strong, confident woman, that’s it.’ Like I read articles about women saying that other women shouldn’t appear so weak on stage. Or women shouldn’t talk about such explicit sexual things. And it’s just limiting what women are allowed to be … Think about how many male comics have built their career on talking about how fat they are. How ugly they are. How awful they are. And to say, ‘Okay that’s another area that you’re not allowed to talk about, women. Can’t talk about these things or these things. Or these things or these things. You can only talk about these things. So find a way to make a career in that.'"
― from "The Girl in the Show: Three Generations of Comedy, Culture, and Feminism"