PBS’ “Makers” Film Series Premieres With Women In Comedy

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PBS is launching a brand new documentary film series called Makers, about women and the roles they play in America, and they’ve chosen to kick off the series with a film about women in comedy. Makers: Women in Comedy debuts Tuesday, September 30th at 9 pm et. Check your local PBS listings.

The documentary retraces the steps of women in the comedy world starting with the female characters on 1970s television sitcoms, working their way through to the female comedians who broke through in the 80s to the women of today, who dominate Saturday Night Live and at the comedy box office. It’s the story of how funny women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Amy Schumer took over the world.

Makers: Women in Comedy includes interviews with the great Joan Rivers, Joy Behar, Chelsea Handler, Mo’Nique, Sarah Silverman, Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Lynch, Kathy Griffin and the very funny Hillary Rodham Clinton. Wait. She’s in the “Women in Politics” film.

Kathy Griffin will host an online screening of the film on Wednesday, October 1st at 8 pm et on MAKERS.com.

Makers: Women in Comedy is directed and produced by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (“Detropia” and the Oscar nominated “Jesus Camp”).