Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction: or, Why this book does not exist

  3. Theorizing laughter

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Frances Gray
      Pages 19-37
  4. Sitcom: story or spectacle?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Frances Gray
      Pages 80-111
  5. Standup and be Counted

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Frances Gray
      Pages 115-132
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 181-202

About this book


Traditionally women have no sense of humour. This book explodes the myth by explaining the impact of women on popular comedy as sitcom stars and as standup comics. It also looks at the implications of the myth itself, and its serious consequences for women politically as well as socially.


comedy Comic humour Tradition women

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