The Girl in the Show by Anna Fields

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Read The Girl in the Show Online Free - “I’m not funny at all. What I am is brave.” —Lucille Ball

With 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 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.”

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ISBN : 1510718362
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Marie rated it ★★★★☆

October 01, 2017

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...

Manon rated it ★★★★☆

July 30, 2017

I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I 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 society. This was a very interesting book with captivating, funny and touchin...

Debbie rated it ★★★☆☆

February 07, 2018

The following take on this book must be attributed to my exhaustion as a 40-something-year-old woman with a Ph.D. in a humanities subject that leaned heavily on women and gender studies: Ugh. This book will excite and appeal to readers who are just getting into the topics of comedy and feminism. I...

Kathryn rated it ★★★★☆

September 03, 2017

I initially assumed that The Girl in the Show was going to be more of a funny girl-esque memoir that really emphasized the ‘comedy’ aspect of being a young woman in entertainment. Instead, it’s much more of an analytical look at the evolution of “comedians-who-happen-to-be-women” , or as Fields c...

Lynn rated it ★★★★☆

September 28, 2017

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...

Kelly rated it ★★★★★

August 09, 2017

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 the...we'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 t...

David rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 04, 2018

good topic kept me going to the end, but very boring and overlong analysis. As far as I could tell she had.... a couple of catch-phrases ("yes, and" is the supportive mentality she wants people to have toward "comedienne-ballerinas" [aka women comics]), a couple of historical observations (Joan R...

Angie rated it ★★★☆☆

September 24, 2017

Sllooooooowwwww….. good, but slow. I found myself checking how much progress I made way more often than I should have. Part of that was due to the chapter lengths. They were REALLY long and it made those sections feel like they moved slower. Speed aside, it could’ve done with more chapters just f...

Kate rated it ★★★★☆

June 18, 2017

The Girl in the Show is a thoughtful and detailed exploration of the intersection of feminism and comedy. Fields gives an in-depth look at the different waves of feminism and at how various female comedians of the past like Gilda and Lucy used their platforms to provide laughs. A few sections fel...

Jill rated it ★☆☆☆☆

February 02, 2018

I wanted to love this, but I could not get through the rambling and often redundant way it was written.

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