Day 28 of Jewish American Heritage Month: Take in female Jewish comedy


Joan RiversThe contribution of funny Jewish American ladies to American culture could fill a thousand articles. Watch Goldie Hawn on an old “Laugh-In” episode or Madeleine Kahn’s scene-stealing Lili von Schtupp in “Blazing Saddles.” Pull up Gilda Radner’s “Baba Wawa” on a “Saturday Night Live” compilation. Catch Joan Rivers in anything from a mid-1960s “Tonight Show” appearance to a current airing of “Fashion Police” on E! Listen to a podcast starring Ronna & Beverly, the outspoken fiftysomething Jewish Bostonians played by comedians Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo, or discover a new talent like New York-based Emily Heller, who performs stand-up across the country. The list goes on in Yael Kohen’s 2012 book “We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy,” a collection of oral histories from female comic performers, television executives, talent scouts and writers, including anecdotes on the rampant sexism running through the industry.

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Rebecca Soffer Rebecca Soffer is a New York-based writer and producer who has worked at “The Colbert Report” and Reboot. She tweets from @rebeccasoffer.