'Making Trouble': a film on being funny, female and Jewish

Friday, March 7, 2008
Rob Nelson

For a documentary about comedy, "Making Trouble" has a funny name. I mean "funny" as in odd, not "funny" as in, you know, hilarious — even though the film itself has lots of humor. In other words: What could be the trouble of making people laugh?

"These women were subversive," says comedian and scholar Lauren Antler of the six Jewish female troublemakers featured in the documentary: Gilda Radner, Joan Rivers, Fanny Brice, Sophie Tucker, Molly Picon and playwright Wendy Wasserstein. "Each in her own time, these six pushed through societal boundaries to say something important about American culture,'' Antler says. "They were trailblazers, flying in the face of the status quo..."

The same could be said of the Jewish Women's Archive, whose decades-old mission has been to "uncover, chronicle, and transmit" the stories of Jewish American women in all fields — not just the funny ones.


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