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By Yael Kohen

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"We Killed shines in its information and its anecdotes....Well crafted and entertaining."―The Boston Globe

From stay comedy to tv and bestseller lists, girls rule the comedy industry―and, as this attention-grabbing oral background exhibits, they've got fought hard and long to make their approach to the pinnacle. In We Killed, Yael Kohen assembles America's so much widespread comediennes―along with the writers, manufacturers, and nightclub proprietors of their orbit―to piece jointly the increase of girls in American comedy. starting with the emergence of Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers within the fifties, and relocating ahead to the edgy intelligence of Elaine could and Lily Tomlin directly to the tough-ass stand-ups who may take SNL via typhoon, Kohen chronicles the fake begins, backslides, and triumphs of lady comedians. With a refrain of a couple of hundred artistic voices, We Killed takes us behind the scenes to inform the tale of the revolution that introduced us Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman, and Chelsea Handler―and a global the place ladies might be clever, beautiful, sexually convinced, and flat-out funny.

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He's top recognized for cowriting the bestselling courting guide He’s simply now not That Into You. SHELLEY BERMAN used to be a member of the fifties-era comic strip theater the Compass gamers who went directly to practice solo indicates as a stand-up. Berman’s 1959 list inside of Shelley Berman is credited with being the 1st comedy list to develop into a gold album, promoting over 1000000 copies. SANDRA BERNHARD is a slapstick comedian most sensible recognized for her breakout position in Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy and later for her function on Roseanne. Bernhard used to be, at one aspect, famously rumored to be relationship Madonna. MATT BESSER is a founding member of the Upright voters Brigade caricature comedy troupe. He later cofounded the Upright voters Brigade Theatre in long island. LINDA BLOODWORTH-THOMASON is a comedy author and manufacturer who acquired her begin penning scripts for M*A*S*H (with companion Mary Kay Place). Bloodworth-Thomason went directly to create Designing ladies, between different sequence. STU BLOOMBERG used to be ABC vice chairman of comedy improvement from 1982 to 1989. Bloomberg additionally served as ABC Entertainment’s government vp of major time from 1989 to 1997 and ABC leisure tv cochairman from 1997 to 2002. PATRICIA BRADFORD used to be a expertise coordinator at the this night convey Starring Johnny Carson from 1969 to 1973. MARSHALL BRICKMAN is an Academy Award–winning comedy author top recognized for cowriting Annie corridor and long island with Woody Allen. Brickman has additionally written for The this night exhibit Starring Johnny Carson and The Dick Cavett convey. He’s written and directed a handful of his personal motion pictures, together with The big apple undertaking, and so much lately he cowrote the Broadway musicals Jersey Boys and The Addams relatives. LOIS BROMFIELD is a slapstick comedian who wrote for the ABC sitcom Roseanne and was once a manufacturer at the Brett Butler sitcom Grace less than hearth. CAROL BURNETT is a comedienne most sensible recognized for her Emmy Award–winning kind sequence, The Carol Burnett express. ALLAN BURNS used to be a co-creator of The Mary Tyler Moore express. ZANE BUZBY used to be a sitcom director whose credit contain Charles liable, My Dads, and Blossom. Buzby additionally directed the 1st episode of HBO’s girls of the evening comedy specific. CINDY CAPONERA is a moment urban alum and a former writer-performer for the cartoon crew go out fifty seven, and was once a Saturday evening stay author from 1995 to 1998. Caponera has written for a number of sitcoms, so much lately Showtime’s Shameless and ABC’s No. One Son, the latter of which she created. She is co-creator and government manufacturer of a brand new convey starring Sherri Shepherd. MARCY CARSEY was once senior vice chairman for prime-time sequence at ABC from 1974 to 1980. Carsey went directly to cofound Carsey-Werner Productions, the place she produced top-ten hits just like the Cosby convey and Roseanne, one of the such a lot groundbreaking sitcoms in tv background. MARGARET CHO is a humorist most sensible identified for her live performance comedy excursions I’m the person who i would like and infamous C. H. O. Cho has starred in numerous tv sitcoms, together with the short-lived All-American lady, possibly in response to her stand-up, and so much lately Drop useless Diva on Lifetime.

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