In case you missed it, Bloomers–Penn’s all-female musical and sketch comedy group–was featured in the Inquirer’s Weekend section on Friday. (Their spring show, The Sound and the Furry: A Bloomers Tail, opened Thursday night.)
Here are a few of the highlights:
- Bloomers began in 1978, when “a few women decided that it was high time to create a vehicle for funny, spirited, talented women” at Penn. (The Mask and Wig Club has been all-male since its founding in 1888.)
- The group named itself after Amelia Jenks Bloomer, a 19th-century feminist from Upstate New York who advocated for less restrictive women’s clothing.
- “We’re blond, black, Jewish, Christian, Hispanic, Asian, tall, short, lesbian, and straight. Some of us are from big cities, some grew up in small farm towns. We wear sorority letters and tattoos. But we’re bonded by a genuine love of comedy.” –sophomore Yolanda Carney, Bloomers head writer.
- “Sometimes, these young women get a little carried away, and I’m there to remind them that there are limits.” –Sally Katz, a former member who helps review the Bloomers shows and who was a part of the group’s early days in 1979.