With Tina Fey expanding her oeuvre to the Netflix realm to give us the gift of Kimmy Schmidt, and Jenji Kohan named one of Time‘s most influential people for her ability to make incredibly dark subject matter funny on Orange Is the New Black, it’s becoming increasingly easy to forget that female writers didn’t always rule TV comedy. Our foremothers paved the way, and at tonight’s Funny Girls: TV Boomer Babes Tell All, they’ll share what is was like to often be the only woman in the writers’ room. Join Marilyn Suzanne Miller, one of the three female staff writers on the original Saturday Night Live; Sybil Adelman, who worked on The Mary Tyler Moore Show; and Seinfeld‘s Carol Leifer, dubbed “the real Elaine,” after the character that was partially based on her. Yael Kohen, author of We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy, will moderate.
Sun., April 26, 3 p.m., 2015