We’ve asked each comedian on our Stand up for Comedy lineup to answer a few questions about herself, feminism and the power of humor. Here’s our conversation with Janet Cormier.
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Boston NOW: What was the first joke that you ever told?
Janet Cormier: I had a flashback a few years ago. I remember when I was a kid ( under the age of 6)…my dad had me telling a Moms Mabley joke to his friends. “Moms” Jackie Mabley was a brilliant comic. She worked blue (very adult humor) and did a lot of political humor. I asked my father if he thought it was a bit off having his young daughter telling the joke. He said he didn’t remember that, but then asked me to tell the joke. He then replied …”that is still a good joke.”
Boston NOW: Who is your favorite female comedian?
Janet Cormier: Moms Jackie Mabley, Whoopi and Wanda Sykes
Boston NOW: Boston NOW considers feminism to be the fight to end all forms of oppression. How do you think humor can be used to advance the aims of feminism?
Janet Cormier: Seems like I have been a social justice advocate all my life. Not sure how that happened…I was the one supporting the folks and causes others preferred to ignore. My brother-in-law gave us books written by African American historian, J.A Rogers. I read them from cover to cover over and over…The books inspired me to question, to learn, to not accept ‘neat, comfortable’ answers.