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Watching Rare Early Comedy from Jay Leno and Freddie Prinze

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

When one thinks about the standup comedy boom of the 1980s you probably think about comedians with household names like Seinfeld, Ellen, and Ray [...]

Illustrated Comediennes of the Stand-Up Boom: Elayne Boosler

Between 1978 and 1988, over 300 comedy clubs with names like "Chucklehead's" and "The Ha Ha Hut" sprung up across the US, ushering in an era saturated with stand-up comedy. Shortly after, pay-cable came to prominence and began augmenting their normally scheduled soft-core pornography and repeated showing of shitty horror movie Cat's Eye with stand-up showcases. Dyna Moe watched every one of them and presents a small tribute of the comediennes of the boom era of the 80s-early 90s.

Despite appearing on national television since the late 70s, no producer would bankroll Elayne Boosler's first cable special, telling her no audience would watch a hour of a female comic. [...]