Women and Comedy in Solo Performance

Phyllis Diller, Lily Tomlin and Roseanne

By Suzanne Lavin

© 2004 – Routledge

162 pages

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About the Book

This work examines the dramatic changes in America women's comedy performance in the years 1955-1995.The study focuses on the standup of Phyllis Diller and Roseanne andon the character comedy of Lily Tomlin. As the historical arc of women's comedy unfolds, it outlines a change from the traditional vaudevillian style of standup, as represented by Diller (50s-70s), to a more satiric comedy represented by Tomlin (60s-80s) and Roseanne (80s-90s).

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Studies in American Popular History and Culture

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HUM000000
HUMOR / General
SOC028000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies