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Shawn Levy: A great new book on female comedians / Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #331

By TOM D'ANTONI // Another new book by Shawn Levy, the former Oregonian movie critic. This time it's In On the Joke on the lives of the early female standup comedians, from Moms Mabley to Joan Rivers.

Shawn Levy is back on the podcast. Every time he’s got a new book out, he’s kind enough to stop by and talk to us about it.

Last tine it was his book of poems based on New York Times obituaries. Before that his best seller on Chateau Marmont. And before that Dolce Vita Confidential.

This one is called In on the Joke. It’s about female comedians, not today’s but the first female standups, from Moms Mabley to Joan Rivers, including Phyllis Diller, Elaine May and many others.

We’ll find out what joke they were in on and discover the real people behind the public personalities.

He’ll be reading at Powell’s City of Books in Portland on Wednesday, April 6.

It’s always a joy to have Shawn visit the podcast.

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