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The Girl in the Show ❰Download❯ ➵ The Girl in the Show Author Anna Fields – “I’m not funny at all What I am is brave” —Lucille BallWith powerhouses like Tina Fey Amy Poehler and Amy Schumer dominating the entertainment landscape and memoirs from today’s most vocal f “I’m not funny at all in the PDF ✓ What I am is brave” —Lucille BallWith powerhouses like Tina Fey Amy Poehler and Amy Schumer dominating the entertainment landscape and memoirs from today’s most vocal feminist comediennes shooting up the bestseller lists women in comedy have never been influentialMarking 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 euality From I Love Lucy to SNL to The Girl PDF \ 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 movementWith 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 euality Girl in the ePUB ↠ allowing the reader to both revel in—and rebel against—our collective ideas of “women’s comedy”.

10 thoughts on “The Girl in the Show

  1. Kelly Kelly says:

    I blurbed this Here's what I said in a nutshell I said a lot because I had a lot of positive things to say A nuanced thoughtful exploration of funny women past and present An excellent addition to feminist bookshelves everywhereAlso there is so much talk about I Love Lucy and how at the forefront of feminism and women's rights she was even if she didn't necessarily have the labels at hand for what it was she was really doing

  2. Marie Andrews Marie Andrews says:

    Full Review also posted on my blog The Girl In The Show explores how comedy has developed over the last 3 generations 20th Century onwards in terms of women’s involvement and the way that comedy is portrayed to a wider audience with a focus on feminism and culture I found it a particularly interesting read especially to see how and why comedy has changed and to learn about some of the groundbreaking acts that I didn’t know much about beforehandAdmittedly I didn’t know many of the acts that Anna refers to throughout the book so although it was great for me to read about specific jokes and performances that I didn’t know about I imagine for people who have seen them it was probably a bit repetitive In a way it does make this book appeal to a larger audience both younger and older because it was easy to follow and understand the point of the examplesAlthough this book is all about comedy it isn’t funny – and it’s not supposed to be It’s informative with it being very clear that Anna has done a lot of research in this field especially when interviewing various comedians I wish there was a little bit said about contemporary comedians but overall I do think it had a good balance between the “three generations” as said on the coverIf you want to learn about the history of comedy in relation to the emergence of women and the effect that feminism has had this is the book for you It’s very informative clear and easy to understand A great feminist readI received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  3. Manon the Malicious Manon the Malicious says:

    I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewI seriously thought I'd never finish it The Girl in the Show is a nonfiction about Comedy women’s place in it and how it reflects our societyThis was a very interesting book with captivating funny and touching momentsHowever the chapters were so long I had trouble staying focused it took me forever to finish this book Same problem within the chapters some sentences were so long they lost me from time to timeStill I learnt a bunch of stuff it was kinda great

  4. Debbie Debbie says:

    The following take on this book must be attributed to my exhaustion as a 40 something year old woman with a PhD in a humanities subject that leaned heavily on women and gender studiesUgh This book will excite and appeal to readers who are just getting into the topics of comedy and feminism It is earnest in its pursuit and thorough in its analysis Although not written for an academic audience its tone suggests a desire to be taken very seriously as a scholar which in all fairness the author deserves to be I enjoyed reading the perspective of so many living and passed comedienne ballerinas and my sympathies are firmly aligned with all who seek to find their place in the male dominated world of comedyHowever this book also has the potential to bore those who have been gnawing at these bones for much of their adult lives The takes aren't all that fresh and in many instances the analyses feel over wrought and tiresome Further the author's writing style distinguishes itself by its lack of discipline Celebrate if you love this book Forgive yourself if you don't Either way give it a chance

  5. Alaina Alaina says:

    I was so excited to read this book I’m deeply feminist and love comedy so this seemed like a perfect get But it was disjointed Very much in need of an editor I expected a history and overview of the intersection of comedy and feminism Instead I got a smattering of uotes from present comics with some history plopped in too but not in an organized fashion I’m not hugely familiar with Gilda Radner and other than establishing her as someone who was in SNL and who the author constantly mentions as a sort of ‘guiding light’ a la posing “what would Gilda think about this” uestions I didn’t get a see sense of who she was or what her impact was because that history and organization was missing In each chapter it was difficult to understand what the author was talking about other than the second to last chapter where she writes a legal essay on the failures of Roe v Wade and does not tie it into comedy at all As readers we are expected to have done as much immersion in the comedy as the author has jokes are referenced but not written comics are referenced but minimal history is given I agree with her points but I found this book confusing than elucidating

  6. Patty Simpson Patty Simpson says:

    It's really 25 stars not 3 The book looks at how female comedians intersect with feminism Some interesting discussion and some of her interviewees said interesting things but she ascribes attitudes to people from the past based on what she thinks they probably feltthought like Lucille Ball that often seem like a stretch; she makes sweeping statements such as that ALL art comes from deep suffering; and there's one entire chapter that just rips apart Roe v Wade because it only ensured the rights of one group of people pregnant women and didn't include ALL women and gay men It's like a complete step away from what her book is about into a personal pet peeve of her with no attempt to link it to her theme about comedians at all

  7. Kirsti Kirsti says:

    Didn't finish Too earnest Totally has a right to exist but did not hold my attention

  8. Kathryn MacDougall Kathryn MacDougall says:

    I initially assumed that The Girl in the Show was going to be of a funny girl esue memoir that really emphasized the ‘comedy’ aspect of being a young woman in entertainment Instead it’s much of an analytical look at the evolution of “comedians who happen to be women” or as Fields calls them and this is my new favorite term “comedienne ballerinas” Fields includes interviews from an incredible array of comedians I cannot imagine the sheer amount of research that went into this book There’s Mo Collins Lisa Lampanelli Abbi Jacobson and so so many all in their own words discussing their comedy and their lives It’s far insightful and wider reaching than I was expecting but also feels deeply personal This book is not just an academic exercise in the rise of feminism and fight for eual representation in comedy and the world of entertainment in general It makes wider cultural and political movements intensely personal through the words of the comedienne ballerinas themselves Reading about Marga Gomez’s experiences as a young woman confronting homophobia drives home the point that the political is personal The arguments driving the political discourse are not far off abstract ideas but rather have very real implications for the people living them The Girl in the Show is at its best when it is presenting the powerful anecdotes from its comedienne ballerinas There is one particularly poignant moment when Judy Carter discusses how Gilda Radner helped comfort her in a bathroom stall of all places it drives home a deep sense of heart and community not often seen at the forefront of comedy These were not notions typically associated with comedy and when they do appear they tend to be relegated into niche issues The Girl in the Show provided a new perspective for watching comedy from I Love Lucy to Saturday Night Live to Broad City and the deep underlying emotional work that accompanies it Fields challenges the typical paradigm of “women comedians” and completely transforms it by demonstrating just how the personal and the political intersect for both the comedienne ballerinas themselves and the audience watching at home I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  9. Lynn Lynn says:

    A very nice modern history of female comics from the early 20th century to the present Anna Fields especially bases her book on her favorite comic Gilda Radner Fields wasn't born yet when Gilda Radner became famous on Saturday Night Live but learned about her later I was a teen when SNL first debuted and was the perfect audience for the show I remember uite well many of the skits she talks about and have seen them recently on DVD Gilda Live I had forgotten about but Fields description jogged my memory with good thoughts I loved that concert movie Fields addresses the problems female comics and why there have been so few females in the business While there are many now in proportion to males I still think they are not completely eual even now The title is derived from a comment on the debut show of SNL when the male comics declare that they even have a girl in the show meaning Gilda Radner She was the standout female inprov comic of the Not Ready for Primetime Players Phillis Diller Joan Rivers and earlier comics such as Franny Brice as well as others are mentioned in a breezy manner that is endearing and enlightening There is a chapter on rape and the taboo about discussing it especially with female comics but I was surprised that Fields didn't mention her idols skit on SNL in which Gilda plays a woman who has brought her rapist on trial and finds the trial is really about her and her sex life Her daring to prosecute her rapist has resulted in her total humiliation Lucille Ball and her influence on female comics and Gilda Radner is very moving I had no idea that Lucille was brought up on charges of being a communist in from of the House of UnAmerican Activities Her fame at the time kept her from being blacklisted On the whole this book was a very good read and very interesting Touching and helped me connect with Gilda Lucy Joan and other female comics and writers that I had thought about in a long time

  10. Kelly Hager Kelly Hager says:

    I can't even imagine the extent of the research that Anna Fields did for this novel It's smart and funny and so interesting I never really thought about thewe'll say sociology of comedy especially female comics or the way that I gender comedians like I JUST DID Like Anna and a lot of the women mentioned here I absolutely love Gilda Radner Part of it on my end has nothing to do with how funny she is although she is hilarious it's because I have hair that's a lot like hers and it's the first time I saw someone who looks like me be funny and get to do things It meant a lot And I know women younger than me probably feel the exact same way about Molly Shannon and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling What I didn't understand before reading this book was the sort of throughline connecting Gilda to the women after her and how all of that really began with Lucille Ball who was the first woman to be a really powerful comedian She created and wrote a show and she was protective of her character She set rules for what Lucy would and wouldn't do but also made rules like Lucy can make fun of Ricky's accent; nobody else can There was no way any earlier lady could've even made a rule like that let alone have it be listened toThis book is smart and important and relevant but it's also really fun If you like to laugh read this book Highly recommended

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