This Canadian film directed by Gail Singer does a commendable job presenting and exploring the growing clout of female stand-up comics. The performers range from Phyllis Diller to Paula Poundstone to Ellen DeGeneres. On stage, they poke fun at human foibles, relationships, and sex. Off-stage, they reflect upon the peculiar challenges of being female and funny in a time of heated gender wars. For those who haven't stayed glued to cable TV comedy clubs, Wisecracks offers an entertaining and informative look at this phenomenon.