Know Humor: Females in Comedy: Putting The HER In LaugHtER

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  11/2/2012

According to comedienne Samantha Albert, funny women don’t need to be a man’s sidekick anymore. Learn more about funny women and about what it takes to make it in the Hollywood at two presentations by Albert as part of the Know Humor series throughout the month of November at Deschutes Public Library.

November 4, 2012, 2:00 p.m.
Sisters Public Library

November 7, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Brooks Room, Downtown Bend Public Library

“I am convinced that this is a particularly wonderful time to be a funny woman in show business,” says Albert, a former performer with Chicago’s Second City. She says that “fabulously talented funny females like Tina Fey, Melissa McCarthy, Amy Poehler and Kristen Wiig have redefined what constitutes a comedienne.” Albert says that there has been a change in how female comics are perceived. “A director once said to me that he didn’t actually believe that women could really be as funny as men.” But with blockbuster movies like Bridesmaids, and hit TV shows like 30 Rock and Parks and Rec, Albert gleefully points out the inaccuracy of that director’s remark. “Ladies can bring the laughs and, perhaps most importantly to film execs, can bring the box office numbers as well,” states Albert.

During her presentations, Albert shares her personal experience of trying to make it as an actress/comedienne in L.A. She's got plenty of ridiculous stories about bungled auditions and crazy times while working on movie sets and television shows, including Parks and Rec and The Office.

For more information about this or other library programs, please visit the library website at People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Liz at 312-1032.

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