|Plot Summary of Queens of Comedy|
|"Lucille Ball, Phyllis Diller, Carol Burnett, and Joan Rivers are Queens of Comedy. Each created a career that lasted over a quarter of a century. Each put her own twist on traditional female comic types and broke new ground for younger, more radical comediennes. And each is a very funny lady. For more than twenty-five years, these Queens of Comedy have been getting big laughs and big hands--winning hands, because they are in fact, top cards. Through candid, personal interviews with these top stars, Dr. Horowitz explores how gifted performers turn their lives into comedic art; how they break down barriers in the traditionally male territory of comedy; how they define conventions that stigmatize funny women as "unfeminine"; and how popular female artists reflect society's gender roles -- even as they explode ideas about what women should -- or can do. "Queens of Comedy" offers an entertaining, insightful glimpse into private lives and public personae and places today's top female comediennes like Ellen DeGeneres, Joy Behar, and Whoopi Goldberg in the grand tradition of Mae West, Sophie Tucker, Moms Mabley, and Totie Fields."
Susan Horowitz, Ph.D., Resident Scholar
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|Review Analysis of Queens of Comedy|
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Story of entertainer?
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
Biography of famous person?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Very much smarter than other people
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 3 ()
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Book makes you feel?
Is book humorous?
If humorous, kind of humor
- eccentric personalities
Commentary on society?
- a lot of play on words
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
Is this a biography of several people?
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more dialog than descript
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 76%-100% of book
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