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Gina Barreca

1. When you hear the old shibboleth that “women don’t have a sense of humor” or are “less funny than men,” your immediate response is

“HAHAHA—no really, say that again? That’s hilarious."

2. Were you funny as a kid? Were you funnier (or less funny) as teenager?

I learned to be funny as kid so I could entertain my sad Mom but learned to disguise my humor as a teenager because I believed that, if I didn’t, I would never, ever date.

3. What’s the most notable way your life would be different if you didn’t have your sense of humor?

If I didn’t have a sense of humor, I would be screaming “HEATHCLIFF! HEATHCLIFF!” on the streets of Brooklyn, New York. Not that anybody would notice.

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