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MAKERS: Women in Comedy premiering on Tuesday, September 30 on PBS, will be the first film in the new MAKERS series of six new documentaries, focusing on women who are trailblazers and have served as groundbreakers in their respective fields.

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The first film in the new MAKERS series, MAKERS: Women in Comedy, will premiere on Tuesday, September 30 at 9pm ET/PT on PBS. MAKERS: Women in Comedy tracks the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of ’70s sitcoms like Maude to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom and building to today’s multifaceted landscape. Today, movies like Bridesmaids break box office records and the women of Saturday Night Live are often more famous than their male counterparts. Contemporary comics, including Chelsea Handler, Mo’Nique, Sarah Silverman, Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Lynch, Kathy Griffin, and the incomparable Joan Rivers talk about where women started in this competitive, male-dominated profession and where they are determined to go.

Produced and directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. Narrated by Leslie Mann. Executive Producers are Dyllan McGee and Peter Kunhardt. MAKERS: Women in Comedy is a film by Kunhardt McGee Productions in association with Loki Films and WETA Washington.

Kathy Griffin will host a virtual screening of the film on Wednesday, October 1 at 8pm ET on The film will then live and be available for streaming anytime on

The remaining films in the MAKERS series will air on PBS at 9pm ET/PT as follows (Screening links and DVDS available upon request):

October 7 | MAKERS: Women in Hollywood
October 14 | MAKERS: Women in Space
October 21 | MAKERS: Women in War
October 28 | MAKERS: Women in Business
November 4 | MAKERS: Women in Politics


MAKERS, owned and operated by AOL, is a digital and video story-telling platform that aims to be the largest video collection of women’s stories every assembled. MAKERS brings together well-known figures such as Hillary Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Oprah Winfrey, with the trailblazers that need to be known such as Christy Haubegger, the founder of Latina Magazine, and Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon.


AOL Inc. (NYSE:AOL) is a brand company, committed to continuously innovating, growing, and investing in brands and experiences that inform, entertain, and connect the world. The home of a world-class collection of premium brands, AOL creates original content that engages audiences on a local and global scale. We help marketers connect with these audiences through effective and engaging digital advertising solutions.


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