“Pretty/Funny”: Have a Little Feminism with Your Comedy!

Amy_Poehler_and_Tina_Fey_by_David_ShankboneIt’s OK to look funny if you’re a male comedian. But, traditionally, women in comedy have had a Catch 22 to deal with — if you were too pretty, people worried you weren’t going to be funny.  And if you were funny, was it OK to be “too” attractive?

Linda Mizejewski, a professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University, has studied women in comedy and says things have changed for female comedians, and we have something a little unexpected to thank for that!

In her book, Pretty/Funny: Women Comedians and Body Politics, Mizejewski talks about the role of women in comedy and whether there’s a little subversive feminism at play:

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