Get Ready for Makers: Women in Comedy!
3:00 pm, January 21st | by Kady Ruth Ashcraft
Pour another round, business ladies or anyone who enjoys the documented success of women in this fine nation (so, everyone): PBS is partnering with AOL to produce six new documentaries as part of the channel’s Makers: Women Who Make America project. As you may recall, Makers began as a three-hour PBS documentary that explored the women’s movement starting with the publication of Betty Friedan’s revolutionary polemic The Feminine Mystique and ending with the contemporary struggle for work-life balance. According to Deadline, the new series will focus on six different areas of influence which women have entered, stashed their purses, and kicked ass, including business, space, and Hollywood. The series is set to debut in June and continue through August 2014.
Since We R Who We R, we’re particularly excited about the franchise’s focus on women in comedy. Below is PBS’ description of the one-hour documentary:
MAKERS: Women & Comedy tracks the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of 70s sitcoms like Maude to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom and building to today’s multifaceted landscape. Today, movies like Bridesmaids break box office records and the women of Saturday Night Live are often more famous than their male counterparts. Contemporary comics, including Chelsea Handler, Mo’Nique, Sarah Silverman, Lily Tomlin, Carol Burnett, Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Lynch and Kathy Griffin, talk about where women started in this competitive, male-dominated profession and where they are determined to go. Produced and directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. The documentary is scheduled to air July 8, 2014.
Unfortunately the special is still a few months off, but look on the bright side: now we have plenty of time to plan an Oscars-like viewing party, complete with fancy Groucho glasses and our finest period jokes!