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Face it, gents: Women are actually funnier than men nowadays. More than just a byproduct of the Bridesmaids juggernaut, the current renaissance of estrogen-powered comedy can be seen on TV (Parks and Recreation, New Girl), independent cinema (Safety Not Guaranteed, Bachelorette), and stand-up venues (Louis C.K.'s favorite comedian, Tig Notaro).

Author Yaek Kohen interviewed 150-plus people—including comedy club owners, writers, and funny women of all success levels—to chronicle the girly ascension in We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy, and the result is a comprehensive, vibrant, and informative oral history. Consider it a battle cry for an era owned by Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, and countless other chicks with endless jokes.