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A collection of never-before-seen humor pieces—essays, satire, short stories, poetry, cartoons, artwork, and more—from more than 150 of the biggest female comedians today, curated by Amy Solomon, a producer of the hit HBO shows Silicon Valley and Barry.  With contributions from: Lolly Adefope • Maria Bamford • Aisling Bea • Lake Bell • Rachel Bloom • Rhea Butcher • Nicole By A collection of never-before-seen humor pieces—essays, satire, short stories, poetry, cartoons, artwork, and more—from more than 150 of the biggest female comedians today, curated by Amy Solomon, a producer of the hit HBO shows Silicon Valley and Barry.  With contributions from: Lolly Adefope • Maria Bamford • Aisling Bea • Lake Bell • Rachel Bloom • Rhea Butcher • Nicole Byer • D’Arcy Carden • Aya Cash • Karen Chee • Margaret Cho • Mary H.K. Choi • Amanda Crew • Rachel Dratch • Beanie Feldstein • Jo Firestone • Briga Heelan • Samantha Irby • Emily V. Gordon • Patti Harrison • Mary Holland • Jen Kirkman • Lauren Lapkus • Riki Lindhome • Kate Micucci • Natalie Morales • Aparna Nancherla • Yvonne Orji • Lennon Parham • Chelsea Peretti • Alexandra Petri • Natasha Rothwell • Amber Ruffin • Andrea Savage • Kristen Schaal • Megan Stalter • Beth Stelling • Cecily Strong • Sunita Mani • Geraldine Viswanathan • Michaela Watkins • Mo Welch • Sasheer Zamata • and many more. More than four decades ago, the groundbreaking book Titters: The First Collection of Humor by Women showcased the work of some of the leading female comedians of the 1970s like Gilda Radner, Candice Bergen, and Phyllis Diller. The book became an essential time capsule of an era, the first of its kind, that opened doors for many more funny women to smash the comedy glass-ceiling. Today, brilliant women continue to push the boundaries of just how funny—and edgy—they can be in a field that has long been dominated by men. In Notes from the Bathroom Line, Amy Solomon brings together all-new material from some of the funniest women in show business today—award-winning writers, stand-up comedians, actresses, cartoonists, and more. Notes from the Bathroom Line proves there are no limits to how funny, bad-ass, and revolutionary women can—and continue—to be.


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A collection of never-before-seen humor pieces—essays, satire, short stories, poetry, cartoons, artwork, and more—from more than 150 of the biggest female comedians today, curated by Amy Solomon, a producer of the hit HBO shows Silicon Valley and Barry.  With contributions from: Lolly Adefope • Maria Bamford • Aisling Bea • Lake Bell • Rachel Bloom • Rhea Butcher • Nicole By A collection of never-before-seen humor pieces—essays, satire, short stories, poetry, cartoons, artwork, and more—from more than 150 of the biggest female comedians today, curated by Amy Solomon, a producer of the hit HBO shows Silicon Valley and Barry.  With contributions from: Lolly Adefope • Maria Bamford • Aisling Bea • Lake Bell • Rachel Bloom • Rhea Butcher • Nicole Byer • D’Arcy Carden • Aya Cash • Karen Chee • Margaret Cho • Mary H.K. Choi • Amanda Crew • Rachel Dratch • Beanie Feldstein • Jo Firestone • Briga Heelan • Samantha Irby • Emily V. Gordon • Patti Harrison • Mary Holland • Jen Kirkman • Lauren Lapkus • Riki Lindhome • Kate Micucci • Natalie Morales • Aparna Nancherla • Yvonne Orji • Lennon Parham • Chelsea Peretti • Alexandra Petri • Natasha Rothwell • Amber Ruffin • Andrea Savage • Kristen Schaal • Megan Stalter • Beth Stelling • Cecily Strong • Sunita Mani • Geraldine Viswanathan • Michaela Watkins • Mo Welch • Sasheer Zamata • and many more. More than four decades ago, the groundbreaking book Titters: The First Collection of Humor by Women showcased the work of some of the leading female comedians of the 1970s like Gilda Radner, Candice Bergen, and Phyllis Diller. The book became an essential time capsule of an era, the first of its kind, that opened doors for many more funny women to smash the comedy glass-ceiling. Today, brilliant women continue to push the boundaries of just how funny—and edgy—they can be in a field that has long been dominated by men. In Notes from the Bathroom Line, Amy Solomon brings together all-new material from some of the funniest women in show business today—award-winning writers, stand-up comedians, actresses, cartoonists, and more. Notes from the Bathroom Line proves there are no limits to how funny, bad-ass, and revolutionary women can—and continue—to be.

30 review for Notes From the Bathroom Line: Humor, Art, and Low-grade Panic from 150 of the Funniest Women in Comedy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    If you’re looking for a book to prove to some jerk in your life that women are indeed funny, I hate to break it to you, but . . . . I had really high hopes for this collection and I am not one of the aforementioned jerks who believe women to be less funny than men. I mean just look at SNL – who run that world???? And Michael Che. But the girls pull off 99.99999% of the funny in all the skits. So anywho, high hopes were a bit dashed with a lot of unfunny essays. The question and answers an If you’re looking for a book to prove to some jerk in your life that women are indeed funny, I hate to break it to you, but . . . . I had really high hopes for this collection and I am not one of the aforementioned jerks who believe women to be less funny than men. I mean just look at SNL – who run that world???? And Michael Che. But the girls pull off 99.99999% of the funny in all the skits. So anywho, high hopes were a bit dashed with a lot of unfunny essays. The question and answers and cartoony bits, however????? It’s unfortunate there wasn’t more of that content. I need to try and get my hands on the original collection by funny females Titters that served as inspiration to this one. I have a feeling Gilda Radner, Phyllis Diller, Candace Bergen and the like would not disappoint.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    I had never laughed this hard reading a book before, that I seriously feared peeing my pants. This book was the perfect anthology - a culmination of funny women all rounded up in this gorgeous illustrated book. The pieces ranged from essays to short story fiction, to cartoons to rapid fire questions, and even music. I cannot recommend this book enough. A perfect gift for the women in your life who could use a hilarious read and great company of these fabulous and talented women in film, televisi I had never laughed this hard reading a book before, that I seriously feared peeing my pants. This book was the perfect anthology - a culmination of funny women all rounded up in this gorgeous illustrated book. The pieces ranged from essays to short story fiction, to cartoons to rapid fire questions, and even music. I cannot recommend this book enough. A perfect gift for the women in your life who could use a hilarious read and great company of these fabulous and talented women in film, television, books and the arts. This was simply brilliant.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kirsti

    JAMIE LOFTUS: My high school boyfriend broke up with me to “have more time to play the saxophone” and you know a Kenny G solo hits different after that. _____ My mom went to the grocery store trying to buy EDAMAME but got her words mixed up and was asking all the employees where the ENEMAS were. . . . she thought he was gaslighting her—“We definitely don’t sell those here.” / “I KNOW YOU HAVE ENEMAS HERE, I BOUGHT THEM LAST WEEK IN THE FROZEN SECTION.” / “Ma’am, you must be confused, maybe try CVS JAMIE LOFTUS: My high school boyfriend broke up with me to “have more time to play the saxophone” and you know a Kenny G solo hits different after that. _____ My mom went to the grocery store trying to buy EDAMAME but got her words mixed up and was asking all the employees where the ENEMAS were. . . . she thought he was gaslighting her—“We definitely don’t sell those here.” / “I KNOW YOU HAVE ENEMAS HERE, I BOUGHT THEM LAST WEEK IN THE FROZEN SECTION.” / “Ma’am, you must be confused, maybe try CVS.” _____ There's so much good stuff in here. (Oops, I mistyped that as "There's so much good stuff in her." Because I have a cat in my lap. Because I'm a woman, and women love cats.) Anyway, there's a wide variety of viewpoints. I didn't love everything, but some of it really did make me laugh out loud.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Zibby Owens

    A collection of humorous pieces—essays, satire, short stories, poetry, cartoons, and artwork from more than 150 of the biggest female comedians. This book is tremendously entertaining and easy to consume in bite-sizes. It's the perfect book to ingest during a time when we all need a sense of community because it is playful and inclusive. I poured over this book and felt like I was simply hanging out with friends. Since there are many different kinds of women and moms out there, this has somethin A collection of humorous pieces—essays, satire, short stories, poetry, cartoons, and artwork from more than 150 of the biggest female comedians. This book is tremendously entertaining and easy to consume in bite-sizes. It's the perfect book to ingest during a time when we all need a sense of community because it is playful and inclusive. I poured over this book and felt like I was simply hanging out with friends. Since there are many different kinds of women and moms out there, this has something for everyone. Every writer shares a sense of tongue-in-cheek humor like "Texts to People You Hate," or "Foods I'll Never Eat in Public," or "Script for a Run-In with My Ex." It's so funny and entertains in a new way with visuals and colors that grab your attention. I think this would make a great gift that you could send to all your best girlfriends. To listen to my interview with the author, go to my podcast at: https://zibbyowens.com/transcript/lak...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I look up to and admire so many of the contributors for this book so it’s an obvious 5 star for me. I highly recommend putting it on your shelf or coffee table and opening it whenever you need a laugh. Some of my favourite pieces in it are - The Migraine Essay by Fran Hoepfner - The Other Ilana Wolpert by Ilana Wolpert - Reasons Why My Mother Is Calling by Karen Chee - It Happened to Me: My Goop Vaginal Egg Hatched into a Tiny White Woman Who I Now Have to Care For as My Own by Rebecca Shaw - Anger I look up to and admire so many of the contributors for this book so it’s an obvious 5 star for me. I highly recommend putting it on your shelf or coffee table and opening it whenever you need a laugh. Some of my favourite pieces in it are - The Migraine Essay by Fran Hoepfner - The Other Ilana Wolpert by Ilana Wolpert - Reasons Why My Mother Is Calling by Karen Chee - It Happened to Me: My Goop Vaginal Egg Hatched into a Tiny White Woman Who I Now Have to Care For as My Own by Rebecca Shaw - Anger by Halcyon Person - Instructions for My Cat Sitter by Emily Altman

  6. 5 out of 5

    Monica Hershey

    Loved it. I can’t wait to look up so many of the hilarious women who contributed to this book. Also loved seeing some of my faves - Maria Bamford, D’arcy Carden, Samantha Irby, Cecily Strong, Chelsea Peretti etc etc featured. The “What Every Recipe Looks Like to Me” piece by Rachel Axler made me laugh so much I almost peed. Women are the best.

  7. 5 out of 5

    samantha rose johnson

    Brilliant. Hilarious. Reminds me of how women are human beings and not perfect like were always pressured to be. And that we are more alike than we sometimes remember. Love the OC essay — so relatable.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joanie

    I needed something to make me laugh, but, sadly, this was not it. The feminist in me wanted to love this book, but I just couldn't. There were moments, but overall, it was just meh. Great idea, but poor execution. I needed something to make me laugh, but, sadly, this was not it. The feminist in me wanted to love this book, but I just couldn't. There were moments, but overall, it was just meh. Great idea, but poor execution.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Philip

    Welcome to my new favourite coffee table book - this was a hilarious delight!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Quickest audiobook ever. 😂 I lol’d at a few of them.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Julie Wawers

    To me, this is best described as the perfect coffee table book. It has contributions from 150 women and features writing and artwork. There were many times I laughed out loud reading it- and then had to explain why to my husband. My favorite parts were the various categories that multiple women replied to- like “Slang you made up that will never catch on” & “A sentence excerpted from your obituary.” I checked this out from the library but will definitely be buying it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Breyne

    This is a really fun book! In a twist from my normal stance, I highly recommend the print version instead of the audiobook, because of the awesome illustrations throughout. It's easy to pick and choose which essays or stories to read, and I've discovered a few new comedians and illustrators to follow on social media! Recommend if you love comedy, supporting female artists and comedians, and just laughing and having a grand time. This is a really fun book! In a twist from my normal stance, I highly recommend the print version instead of the audiobook, because of the awesome illustrations throughout. It's easy to pick and choose which essays or stories to read, and I've discovered a few new comedians and illustrators to follow on social media! Recommend if you love comedy, supporting female artists and comedians, and just laughing and having a grand time.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Really more of a 2.5 for me....it just wasn't my kind of humor. There were only really 1 or 2 essays that I identified with that made me chuckle. Namely: 1) "Ways in Which I Am Accidentally Pulling Third-Wave Feminism Down", including doing math wrong and being clumsy with electronics 2) "Advice for the Literary Lovelorn", pointing out all of the red flags that Jane Eyre and Catherine Earnshaw should have taken note of, AND FINALLY 3) "Are You Coming to Book Club?", when she gets stood up by her boo Really more of a 2.5 for me....it just wasn't my kind of humor. There were only really 1 or 2 essays that I identified with that made me chuckle. Namely: 1) "Ways in Which I Am Accidentally Pulling Third-Wave Feminism Down", including doing math wrong and being clumsy with electronics 2) "Advice for the Literary Lovelorn", pointing out all of the red flags that Jane Eyre and Catherine Earnshaw should have taken note of, AND FINALLY 3) "Are You Coming to Book Club?", when she gets stood up by her book club (very close to home!)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    I don't mean this in a bitchy way but written humor is very difficult. 250 pages and I laughed maybe 5 times, it was more like, "Hmm sensible chuckle material." The sections where the comedians were all prompted to answer a question were the best, short and sweet zingers. The cartoons were political-cartoon-level unfunny which was probably the worst part because I KNOW there are hilarious female cartoonists out there! I don't mean this in a bitchy way but written humor is very difficult. 250 pages and I laughed maybe 5 times, it was more like, "Hmm sensible chuckle material." The sections where the comedians were all prompted to answer a question were the best, short and sweet zingers. The cartoons were political-cartoon-level unfunny which was probably the worst part because I KNOW there are hilarious female cartoonists out there!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Julian

    Need something that’s sure to make you laugh? Pick this booger up. Reads like a long zine in its multi-media format- you’ll be spoiled with silly drawings, stories, text messages and more - all from some great women in comedy. Due to its size, sharp corners and heavyweight pages, I’d recommend the audio instead!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Vetrano

    I cannot stress how fun this book is. The list of comedy writers who wrote it is pretty much a list of every good female comic out right now. It’s a really nice variety of essays, quotes, cartoons, and more. I love that you can pick it up, read a piece or two and not have to remember details or a narrative. Read this book! Buy it for your friends!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This thing is a tome and is kind of a coffee table/bathroom book (it's in the title!) But a ton of the pieces are really inspired and fun and I cruised through the whole thing. Natasha Rothwell's section on karaoke code = chef's kiss. Overall entertaining and funny and silly and good! This thing is a tome and is kind of a coffee table/bathroom book (it's in the title!) But a ton of the pieces are really inspired and fun and I cruised through the whole thing. Natasha Rothwell's section on karaoke code = chef's kiss. Overall entertaining and funny and silly and good!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Emily Winecke

    This was refreshing, funny, and thoughtful. There are a lot of different kinds of humor represented in this collection and all of the essays are pretty short--so even if something is not for you, there's a good chance that you'll absolutely love something else. This was refreshing, funny, and thoughtful. There are a lot of different kinds of humor represented in this collection and all of the essays are pretty short--so even if something is not for you, there's a good chance that you'll absolutely love something else.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Hanna Melangton

    I wanted to laugh a lot but only laughed a little. My favorite LOL pieces: "Things That Happen in Movies That Do Not Happen in Real Life" "Reasons Why My Mother Is Calling" and I want to ask everyone "The story of the hardest you've ever laughed" I wanted to laugh a lot but only laughed a little. My favorite LOL pieces: "Things That Happen in Movies That Do Not Happen in Real Life" "Reasons Why My Mother Is Calling" and I want to ask everyone "The story of the hardest you've ever laughed"

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katie Simcik

    I LOL while I read this.... in my bathroom. Instead of taking my phone in there now I read a page or two of this book. It’s hilarious and I love the illustrated pages.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Abbey

    A literal joy that I tried to savor and was still over too soon. More of this please.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Abramson

    Uneven, but worth a look.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    3.5⭐️ It definitely had its funny moments, but overall I think I would have liked it better if the cast was smaller so that you could actually get to know them.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Burns

    Like every collection, some real hits for me and a few misses! Overall some real laugh out loud moments, and enjoyable reads.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Diego

    Ugh! So fun! So fresh! New! Interesting! One of a kind!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brianna Sowinski

    Parts made me howl with laughter, but it was a bit too much at times with an air of trying too hard to be funny. Is this cheugy?

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    HILAROUS.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    You want the audiobook - trust me. The delivery is everything.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Hilarious book to pick up anytime you need a laugh.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    Don't read ecopy, opt for hardcover. Don't read ecopy, opt for hardcover.

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