Breaking gender barriers through comedy

January 26, 2016 2:19 pm

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Breaking gender barriers through comedy

Local comedians created a new festival to highlight women and transgender comics.
by Tsipora Hacker 26 January 2016

For comedian Beth Eisenberg, the most important reason for women to be involved in Philadelphia’s comedy scene is so they can “find the right man to marry.”

Eisenberg is just ridiculing sexist beliefs about women and men, of course—particularly ones that prevail in the comedy world. Eisenberg said it’s important to realize “women are people” with “the same perspectives and talents,” which is why she created The Bechdel Test Fest, a new festival created by local female comedians looking to give women a platform to be recognized for their work.

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