Not Just Funny Girl

Not Just Funny Girl: A Program Series on

Jewish American Women in Comedy

The American Jewish Historical Society is proud to present a program series highlighting the  contributions of Jewish American to the world of comedy, entarteinment, and popular culture. Home to records on prominent Jewish women comedians and actors, including Molly Picon, Sophie Tucker, and more, AJHS celebrates the legendary work of memorable artists who have followed in their footsteps such as Joan Rivers and Gilda Radner, and artists who continue to forge new paths, such as Judy Gold. What is it about their work that draws from a sense of Jewishness? How will the fascinating perspectives that come from American, Jewish and women's identities  play out in the work of the next generation of comedians?  The series explores the changing roles, faces,  languages, and voices of American Jewish comedians, and their reception in the media and in the Jewish world. See below for tickets and more information about each program and stay tuned for more programs in the series to come. This series is co-sponsored with the Center for Jewish History and the Jewish Women's Archive and The Forward.

Love Gilda: the Eternal Spirit of Gilda Radner

Film Screening, September 20 at 7PM

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Love Gilda: the Eternal Spirit of Gilda Radner (2018, 90 minutes) lets us reconnect with the beloved comedian. The film beautifully weaves together recently discovered audiotapes of Radner, interviews with her friends, rare home movies and diaries read by comedians—Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudoph and Cecily Strong—who derive inspiration from Gilda. Produced and Directed by Lisa D'Apolito.

The Legacy of Joan Rivers

Panel and Performance with Judy Gold and Caroline Waxler, October 3 at 7PM

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Joan Rivers’ pioneering work as a female comedian left an indelible impression on the field and on the collective memory of America. From her breakthrough on the Johnny Carson show in 1965, she challenged us to think about gender roles, all the while making us laugh. The Legacy of Joan Rivers highlights of her work, and hear from Rivers’ niece, Caroline Waxler, and comedian Judy Gold, on how her work continues to inspire the field today.