Israel Sends its Best to BJFF: Festival features country's top films

Sunday, October 28, 2007
The Boston Globe
Leslie Brokaw

"And 'Making Trouble,' the first movie produced by the Brookline-based Jewish Women's Archive, will get a special show. Rachel Talbot's documentary profiles six comediennes: saucy Sophie Tucker, vaudeville performers Molly Picon and Fanny Brice, recent TV and stage stars Joan Rivers and Gilda Radner, and playwright Wendy Wasserstein.

The Nov. 7 event will feature the film along with live comedy by Cory Kahaney, the star of NBC's 'Last Comic Standing' and one of the women who kibitz in the movie about the comics who laid the groundwork for them.

'Being Jewish and a comedienne, you were supposed to be unattractive and you were supposed to make jokes at your own expense,' says Marilyn Suzanne Miller, who wrote for and appeared on 'Saturday Night Live' in the 1970s. Radner, she notes in the film, would have none of that. 'Her point was, 'Excuse me, I'm a beautiful girl, and I'm also funny. Live with it.' "

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