What We Learned From 'We Killed'


By Mike Berlin

Marlo Thomas, Phyllis Diller, Maya Rudolph, and Kathy Griffin share comedy secrets

In 2007, the late Christopher Hitchens wrote an essay in Vanity Fair titled “Why Women Aren’t Funny.” Under the dubious auspices of pop-science and overwrought reasoning, Hitchens’s argument fell flat. But we can thank him, and others who’ve made this argument before, for inspiring Yael Kohen to write an epic oral history of our favorite funny girls in We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). On the next pages, four outlandish and shocking tidbits we picked up while reading it.

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