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Women in Comedy - Makers Film Series - Episode 1

Monday, September 21, 2015
12:00pm – 1:00pm

Storrs Campus
Women's Center, Student Union 421

Women in Comedy tracks the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of the 70s sitcoms like Norman Lear’s Maude to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom and building to today’s multifaceted landscape. Today, movies like Bridesmaids break box office records and the women of Saturday Night Live are often more famous than their male counterparts, but it didn’t start out that way. Contemporary comics, including Chelsea Handler, Margaret Cho, Mo’Nique, Sarah Silverman, Joan Rivers, Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Lynch and Kathy Griffin, talk about where women started in this competitive, male-dominated profession and where they are determined to go.

This is the first in a six-part documentary series that focuses on specific fields where women have broken new ground and reshaped center American institutions. This series builds on the 2013 film MAKERS: Women Who Make America, which told the story of the modern American The six documentaries will tell the known and unknown stories of women in the areas of war, space, comedy, business, Hollywood and politics. These stories share women’s contributions to some of the most important moments in the history of our country and the world.


Kathy Fischer

Women's Center (primary), Dramatic Arts, First Year Programs & Learning Communities, Honors Program, Rainbow Center, UConn Master Calendar, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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