Notes From the Bathroom Line: Humor, Art, and Low-grade Panic from 150 of the Funniest Women in Comedy 

Karen Chee and Emily V. Gordon
In Conversation With Amy Solomon
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Episode Summary

In this "much-needed dose of delight," Amy Solomon, a producer of the hit HBO shows Silicon Valley and Barry, shares from her new collection of never-before-seen humor pieces. Inspired by the groundbreaking book Titters: The First Collection of Humor by Women, a showcase of some of the leading female comedians of the 1970s like Gilda Radner, Candice Bergen, and Phyllis Diller, Solomon has curated essays, satire, short stories, poetry, cartoons, and artwork from more than 150 of the biggest female comedians today. Notes from the Bathroom Line highlights the work of women continuing to smash the comedy glass ceiling in this long male-dominated field. Get ready to laugh out loud at ALOUD as Solomon is joined by contributors to the book, including performances by Karen Chee and Emily V. Gordon. Chee is a Brooklyn-based comedian, writer, and actor with Late Night with Seth Meyers and High Maintenance. Gordon, who started out as a masters-level couples and family therapist before a career as a writer and producer, often collaborates with her husband, Kumail Nanjiani. Listen in as these comedians prove there are no limits to how funny, bad-ass, and revolutionary women can—and continue—to be. 

Participant(s) Bio

Amy Solomon is a producer on HBO’s Silicon Valley and Barry. She currently runs Alec Berg’s production company, where she develops content for film and television. She lives in Los Angeles.

Karen Chee is a Brooklyn-based comedian, writer, and actor. Currently, she writes and performs for Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC) and is working on a book. Previously, Chee has written for the Golden Globes and Yearly Departed (Amazon), helped develop pilots for Netflix and Comedy Central, acted in HBO’s High Maintenance, and regularly contributed to The New Yorker. She has also been published in places like The New York Times, The Washington Post, and McSweeney’s. Before the pandemic, her evenings were spent mostly doing stand-up comedy.

Emily V. Gordon started out as a masters-level couples and family therapist, practicing for about six years before changing careers. She moved on to booking stand-up comedy for live audiences and TV, which led to a career as a writer and producer. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Kumail Nanjiani.