Take me seriously. Now laugh at me! How gender influences the creation of contemporary physical comedy

  title={Take me seriously. Now laugh at me! How gender influences the creation of contemporary physical comedy},
  author={Bridget Boyle},
  journal={Comedy Studies},
  pages={78 - 90}
This paper unpacks some of the complexities of the female comic project, focusing on the creation of physical comedy, via multiple readings of the term ‘serious’. Does female desire to be taken seriously in the public realm compromise female-driven comedy? Historically, female seriousness has been a weapon in the hands of such female-funniness sceptics as the late Christopher Hitchens, who (in)famously declared that women are too concerned with the grave importance of their reproductive… 

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