Doubleday, 2022

April 5, 2022 from Doubleday


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“An insightful and impeccably researched examination of the inspirational and fearless female comedians who first trod the unconventional path I gratefully followed. In reading Shawn Levy’s book, I discovered almost every woman changed her original name; in tribute, I’m changing my name to Lady HaHa.” — Rita Rudner

“A seminal (eew gross I hate that word but it applies here and I love this book) work on the incredible journey of women in comedy, past and present, for all of us hope there will be many more of us in the future.” — Margaret Cho

“Dying is easy, but comedy is hard; for women, until about ten minutes ago, it was almost impossible. But only almost. In his ground-breaking history of women in stand-up, Shawn Levy brilliantly weaves together history, politics, and culture to tell the epic saga of those bold and fearless trailblazers who dared to tell jokes while being female. Well-researched, profound, and laugh out loud funny, In on the Joke is simply fabulous. I loved it!” — Karen Karbo, author of “In Praise of Difficult Women” and “How to Hepburn

“[A] riveting cultural history….Written with a vibrance that excellently captures the larger-than-life personalities of Levy’s subjects, these stories coalesce to reveal the resilience and chutzpah that went into shaping stand-up as it’s known today.” — Publishers Weekly

“Both thorough and sympathetic, Levy’s work is notable for how it fills gaps in entertainment history, and the author also ably explores social and attitudinal changes that helped women finally be recognized for their contributions to comedy. A readably informative, well-researched comedic history.” — Kirkus Reviews

“The book is insightful, moving, and well researched, with humorous anecdotes and fond memories of a group of women Levy clearly admires. Levy gives these trailblazers their due, and fans of comedy will adore the snippets of classic banter and long-lost one-liners.” — Library Journal