Open Mic?: Gender, Labor, and Gatekeeping in Stand-Up Comedy
On Mon., March 25, Dr. Stephanie Brown gave a talk at Washington College, “Open Mic? Gender, Labor, and Gatekeeping in Stand-Up Comedy.” Dr. Brown is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Communications at St. Louis University and stand-up comedian. In her talk, Dr. Brown discussed the divisive politics of stand-up, particularly the roadblocks faced by women in the industry. “The idea that women aren’t funny is not a new concept. As soon as the word ‘humor’ went from meaning the winds in your body that controlled your health to meaning an essential something about your ability to make other people laugh, men started started claiming that women weren’t funny,” Dr. Brown said.