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In her forty-five minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Phyllis Diller talks about her comedy, and her journey as a female stand-up comedian who entered the game at 37 years old. Diller speaks about how getting rid of props in her act helped her success exponentially, and how she often dressed in loose fitting clothes and messy hair to "erase" her womanly features and boost her act. She discusses how feminists in her time disapproved of her comedy career, but Diller makes the poignant point that she was speaking freely to the public, something that women couldn't usually do. She advises young women in comedy to dress appropriately for the stage, since it shapes your comedy, and considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on June 8, 2007 in Brentwood, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Pivotal Career Moments and Music.

2005-06-08

In her forty-five minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Phyllis Diller talks about her comedy, and her journey as a female stand-up comedian who entered the game at 37 years old. Diller speaks about how getting rid of props in her act helped her success exponentially, and how she often dressed in loose fitting clothes and messy hair to "erase" her womanly features and boost her act. She discusses how feminists in her time disapproved of her comedy career, but Diller makes the poignant point that she was speaking freely to the public, something that women couldn't usually do. She advises young women in comedy to dress appropriately for the stage, since it shapes your comedy, and considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on June 8, 2007 in Brentwood, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Pivotal Career Moments and Music.

2005-06-08

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