Some time ago someone linked on here to a clip on Youtube from an American comedienne, somewhere in the 50s or 60s. It was in black and white.
The set-up was as follows: girl is taken out to fancy restaurant, says to camera: boy, this guy is loaded, I hope he won’t ask me where I went to college. Guy then asks: where did you go to college? Then she says: I never went to college, and starts to recount why she didn’t. Turns out it is a parody horror story about girl in glasses who snaps after being pestered by the cool gang of girls. The fun thing about the skit is that she also voices the sound effects and the ‘themes’ of the girls.
I’ve been trying to find the clip again, but my Google-fu is sorely lacking.
This was a comedienne, a skit from the 80’s. It was in color except the “flashback sequence” which was in black and white. I know it was the early to mid 80’s because the first time I had seen it was working in college and they used to use it as a tape check to see if monitors/audio were working.
Unfortunately I can’t recall the name of the comedienne or the show it was on, but it was truly a hysterical clip.
No, it is pronounced more or less as spelled, with the penultimate vowel an e (more or less as in “egg”) rather than an a or schwa, and with more emphasis on the last syllable.
There are other analogous masculine feminine word pairs, such as equestrian*/equestrienne (and I am sure there are more examples, perhaps commoner ones, that are not springing to my mind). However, use of the feminine form is generally seen as politically incorrect there days (as, also, with actor/actress), and we are expected to call people, comedians, equestrians, actors etc., regardless of their gender.