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Funny Girls: An Insider's Look at Female Comedians Video

A look back at female comedians plus chic and easy ways to entertain at home.

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I opened in 1982. It was a cabaret in 8th Avenue. Turned it to comedy in 1983 when we hired Jay Leno. It's rough. There's lot of rejection and I think, you know, as women have changed and women's movement is changed, more women have gone into comedy.

You know, Hilary and I don't agree on everything.


Suzy Esmond, Joy Behar, Judy Gold, Roseanne Barr, Rosie O'Donnell, Ellen DeGeneres, Rita Rudner, Carol Leifer- We were excited to do a big piece on women in comedy because we've been looking forward to Amy Poehler's new sitcom, "Parks and Recreation". And so we thought, well, let's get it back and look at the history of how we got here. Who were the people that laid the ground work for this? I opened in 1982. Was a cabaret in 8th avenue. Turned it to comedy in 1983 when we hired Jay Leno.

Standup really had its golden hay day in the 1980s. So, you know, there were a lot more women I think who wrote- Do the ranks through traditional standup then there were comedy clubs everywhere.

I wanna be called a domestic goddess.

They did tend to be like not the most beautiful in the very beginning. They just sort of said, "Screw it. I'd rather be funny than beautiful and I'm gonna just do this." It was really groundbreaking.

It was very difficult. I mean, Joan Rivers talks about not wanting to be the ugly, funny girl.

Do you know what- They're still like they're not accepted in that boys' club?

It's rough. There's lot of rejection and I think, you know, as women have changed and the women's movement has changed, more women have gone into comedy. It's a much harder sell for them so I try to encourage them to keep on doing it because I know most of them, if they keep on doing it, will be successful.

Women are completely at the forefront of the comedy thing right now. I mean, it's an absolutely unprecedented new era for comedians.

Tonight, we are crossing party lines to address the now very ugly role that sexism is playing in the campaign. An issue which I am frankly surprised to hear people suddenly care about.

At this point, you got your [unknown]. You've got your Ben Stillers but you've got right up there with them. You've got your Tina Fey. You've got your Amy Poehler and you realize that it's reached the point of [unknown] back [unknown].

Our readers love Tina Fey. They love Amy Poehler. They love Roseanne when it was on and they love to have a really good laugh. It's the best possible therapy.

We're here today at [unknown] and we're going to shop for our first ever [unknown] store.

Readers and [unknown] were telling us, "You know what? Right now, we don't feel like going out and spending money in a restaurant. The economy's not great and we discovered what people were really doing is having friends around their apartments or their houses.

We're watching, you know, TV or a movie together at someone's place or cooking dinner instead of going out to an expensive dinner.

I'm a fashion assistant at the magazine but the editors got together and decided that we should feature home items just because in retaining home decor is a way to express yourself and it also brings another element [unknown].

Because people aren't going out as much, they A, have more time to think about the home they're living in. B, it can get boring if you're spending more time at home and it's not that difficult to change up your circumstances. We worked with Richard Lee from Geisha because the pages are Asian themed based on the show, Gossip Girl.

I don't want you to go near her again.

You said that you trusted me.

I may dine at Geisha a lot on the show. So, going along with the Asian theme, one of the most important things to have for your home entertaining would be a tea pot and we found this great little cast iron tea pot and it's little set with the two cups.

We like to approach restaurants that either appear in the show or, you know, or the kind of place that you see in an episode. And we wrestled up or ask chefs to wrestle up easy-to-produce meals.

These little bowls are a great way to add color to your table. They're only about $4 each. So this serving tray is great. It's only $35. It would be perfect for sushi, for the shrimp-like pops that we have in the magazine. These serving plates are also great. These chopsticks are really cute and your guests will be really impressed when you pull them out. Another great thing to have are these spoons. They're great to put a little [unknown] and serve it on the platter or they can even go with the blue maples that we have.

Just because you don't have much money right now, well just because you're nervous about spending it doesn't mean you can't change things around you. And if you're spending more time at home, then maybe you can make your home even nicer.

Hi. My name is Anna Goldstein. I'm a life coach. I'm here today in New York City with Dove Go Fresh helping women in their 20s reshape their lives. Is there a specific area that you wanna improve?


How's your body language when you're out and about?

I don't wanna seem to forward or I don't wanna, you know, send of the wrong impression.

What's something positive that you can say to yourself when you feel shy?

Just reminding myself what I have something to offer.

The key [unknown] advice would be to affirm the positive thoughts and focus on the positive things that you could offer someone when you're out and about.

Yeah, I think I can try that.

How would you like to improve your financial situation?

I'd like to make enough, plenty to do with the [unknown]. Good thing is the job I have is pretty like entry level-ish. So, get a promotion is [unknown].

Does financial stress keep you up at night?

It hasn't affected us, my husband and I, not just yet. So, hoping it stays that way.

So, the one tip I can give you is start saving now even if it's $10 a week and then over time, you'll keep increasing that and you'll have a lot saved up.

It multiplies without me knowing it, right? Is that the idea?


Start with big change [unknown].

Exactly. What's an area of your life that you would like to reshape?

When currently trying to decide about my next career path.

What kind of career do you see yourself doing?

I'd like to do work for a government agency like to be in a District Attorney's Office or the Special Prosecutor.

When you get clear with what your values are-


And make this, the decision process a lot easier-


So, what do you- What do you value?

For me, success and happiness is going to be evaluated on how satisfying my job is for me every single day.

When we think with ink, I'll say, it becomes much more clear when you say get of your mind and you actually put it on paper.

Okay. I'll do that. It's hard.


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I think that the reason I love my life is because I have, along the way, met people who really embraced me and help me and I think that's what I would encourage people to do is help somebody. And I don't mean in like a hand out with who it is kind of way. I mean help them just achieve or accomplish or do something that they wanna do. That's the thing that I know about like [unknown] and every, along the way, I can look back and see that a lot of people have lent a hand.

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