Comedian Joan Rivers narrates the Showtime special "Why We Laugh: Funny Women," premiering on Thursday, March 21, 2013 (8 p.m. ET/PT), according to a March 20 press release from Showtime premium cable television network. The documentary, in honor of Woman's History Month, features footage of interviews and performances by some of the most prominent females in comedy and entertainment.
Nearly 30 of entertainment's top funny women participated in the project, sharing personal perspectives and experiences. The film, narrated by Joan Rivers, includes perspectives from comedians including Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Griffin, Lily Tomlin, Janeane Garofalo, Sandra Bernhard, Brett Butler, Rita Rudner, Kym Whitley, Holland Taylor, Merrill Markoe, Jane Leeves, Kim Wayans, Kathleen Madigan, Robin Schiff, Tig Notaro, Kathy Najimy, Amy Hill, Aisha Tyler, Sheryl Underwood and many more.
The entertainment field of stand up comedy is dominated by males, but several females have broken through the glass ceiling. Audacious funny women have created a new and more inclusive entertainment landscape that expands beyond the comedy club stage.
Comedian Joan Rivers in a pioneer in the field of female comedians who sheds light on the passion, dedication and courage that women need to be successful in the male dominated business.
Joan Rivers was quoted in the Showtime press release, stating, "Funny Women" is about the legacy that comediennes are carving out in this industry and I am happy to be part of a project that explores the huge dedication and passion that my fellow comediennes and I share for the craft."
"Why We Laugh: Funny Women" follows in the path of the critically acclaimed 2009 Sundance Film Festival documentary, "Why We Laugh: Black Comedians On Black Comedy," which was co-written and produced by Codeblack Films’ Quincy Newell. "Why We Laugh: Funny Women" was produced by Quincy Newell, along with entertainment veteran Sheila Ducksworth. Jeff Clanagan of Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films and Joan Rivers serve as Executive Producers.