Female stand-up comics aren’t such a big deal these days. It wasn’t always thus.
Phyllis Diller was a stand-up comic who came to the profession by need, she said. She was a homeless family of seven. With the help of Jack Paar in the ’50s, she became one of the first female stand-up comics.
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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