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The History of Comedy

Comedy can be a form of madness, addiction, and even therapy. Using hilarious archival footage and interviews with comedy legends and modern stars, this series examines what makes us laugh and how comedy has affected the social and political landscape throughout history. Image credit: Photofest.

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    • Friday 6 Dec
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    ML The episode traces the origins of topical humour from the invention of the monologue to the "fake news" shows of today.

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      • Friday 6 Dec
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      ML The episode traces the origins of topical humour from the invention of the monologue to the "fake news" shows of today.

      • Friday 29 Nov
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      ML The episode examines how comedians find humour in the simple daily experiences we all share to make us laugh.

      • Friday 22 Nov
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      MLS The episode demonstrates how effective and funny it can be when you look at something serious and just twist it ever so slightly.

      • Friday 15 Nov
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      ML The episode explores the fascinating mind of the comedian, as well as the difficult road that many seem destined to take - where mental illness and substance abuse are remarkably common.