'I Never Heard a Jewish Man Say That Women Aren't Funny'

Yael Kohen's new book surveys the long road taken by female comics and stand-up artists since the 1950s – from jokes on family life to trenchant social criticism.

NEW YORK - “The superior funniness of men” was how the late journalist and polemicist Christopher Hitchens put it in a 2007 article in Vanity Fair. He based his controversial assertion largely on an experiment conducted at Stanford University, which compared the neurological reactions of 10 male and 10 female subjects to 70 jokes that were told to them.