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Jennifer Sager

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 ____________.

"The men who say that are smart enough to know we are laughing at them, but not smart enough to keep up."

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

I was rarely intentionally funny as a child, but with my flair for the dramatic and insistence on being right, I imagine I must have been a rather hilarious little tyrant stomping around, bossing people around. During my teenage years, I was too sullen and aggrieved to be much fun, but was likely quite funny to those who knew I had next to nothing to be sullen or aggrieved about.

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

I would cry more and have far less fun without my sense of humor.

4. If you could have a magnificent dinner with three women—real, fictional, mythological—who would you choose as your guests?

Michelle Obama, Bathsheba Everdene from Far From the Madding Crowd and Madonna (who while not actually mythological, comes pretty darn close).

5. Do you think those closest to you admire you for your sense of humor—or despite your sense of humor?

I'm not sure anyone has ever said they admire me for my sense of humor, I'm just not that traditionally funny, but I know those closest to me appreciate my willingness to find the fun in whatever situation we're in, often bringing light into our darkest moments and giving us all a reason to laugh.

Jennifer Sager is a public relations and communications professional, avid reader, aspiring writer, passionate recycler, enthusiastic runner and yogi. Having spent her days writing for others for more than a decade, she was relieved to discover she could, in fact, still write for herself. Jennifer lives in Hartford with her charming husband and their two spirited children


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