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The History of Comedy

The History of Comedy exploring what makes people laugh – from the Ancient Greeks, to Shakespeare, Vaudeville, to the biggest contemporary comedians, movies and TV shows. It digs deep into topics like political humor and slapstick, featuring the voices that have made us laugh over the generations. Using archival footage, original comedic material, interviews with comedy legends and luminaries, the series showcase how the art form has evolved over the years.

Started:
  • 2017-02-09
Ended:
  • --
Genres:
  • Comedy
  • History
Airs on:
  • Sunday
Running
Type: Documentary
Seasons: 2
Selected by: 13 PPL
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Season 2
+ The History of Comedy #6  No Offense (Going Clean/Flipping Funny) 20th Aug 2018 2 months ago 02:00 - 03:00 us Show
Season 2, Episode 6 - "No Offense (Going Clean/Flipping Funny)"
There has always been a need for family-friendly comedy, and many artists have taken the task despite the inherent challenges. Comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan, Ellen DeGeneres and Sinbad found success on stage "working clean." For comedians like Bob Saget, Tim Allen, and Whitney Cummings, they found themselves altering their comedic voices when they landed lead roles on network sitcoms. Writers for television shows across every era – from I Love Lucy and In Living Color, to Will & Grace and Modern Family have always found creative ways to use euphemisms and innuendo, while still abiding by the rules set by the what were often strict network censors.
Type: Documentary | Network: CNN | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The History of Comedy #5  In It Together 13th Aug 2018 2 months ago 02:00 - 03:00 us Show
Season 2, Episode 5 - "In It Together"
Comedy teams have always been an important part of classic comedy – think Laurel & Hardy, Abbot and Costello, the Marx Brothers, the Three Stooges, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Martin and Lewis, and Nichols and May. The tradition of comedic teams has continued over the decades with the examples of Cheech and Chong, Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor, the Blues Brothers, and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. It continues to reinvent itself today in the form of sketch teams like Key and Peele, musical acts like Garfunkel and Oates, and twin brother stand-up team, the Lucas Brothers.
Type: Documentary | Network: CNN | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The History of Comedy #4  Gone Too Soon 6th Aug 2018 2 months ago 02:00 - 03:00 us Show
Season 2, Episode 4 - "Gone Too Soon"
An exploration of the ways the deaths of comedic legends affect their audiences and comedy in general and how that connection makes the loss more significant. Comedic performers connect with their audiences in a unique and personal way, so when one of them is gone too soon, the loss can feel more profound. Whether it be comedic legends like John Candy, Phil Hartman, Bill Hicks, John Belushi, Chris Farley, and Gilda Radner, or lesser-known comics like Patrice O'Neal, Greg Giraldo, Harris Wittels, and Mitch Hedberg, their voice is gone prematurely. Even when a comedian has been with us for a long time like George Carlin, Garry Shandling, and Joan Rivers, it still feels as if they had a lot more to say.
Type: Documentary | Network: CNN | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The History of Comedy #3  Drawn to Be Funny 30th Jul 2018 2 months ago 02:00 - 03:00 us Show
Season 2, Episode 3 - "Drawn to Be Funny"
Some of the very first "stars" of comedy came from the minds and pencils of talented animators. From Felix the Cat to Mickey Mouse and Popeye to Bugs Bunny, animated comedy dates back to the earliest part of the last century and continues to attract audiences today. Television programs like The Simpsons, Ren & Stimpy, and Beavis and Butt-Head paved the way for even more subversive and hilarious shows like South Park, Rick and Morty, and Bob's Burgers. Theatrical releases like Aladdin, Shrek, and Toy Story proved that audiences didn't have to physically see comic legends like Robin Williams, Mike Myers and Tim Allen to fully appreciate them.
Type: Documentary | Network: CNN | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The History of Comedy #2  Sketch and Improv 23rd Jul 2018 3 months ago 02:00 - 03:00 us Show
Season 2, Episode 2 - "Sketch and Improv"
Ever since Commedia dell'Arte brought traveling troupes through Renaissance Europe presenting short shows with improvised dialogue, sketch and improv comedy has been an important part of new comedic talent. On television, sketch comedy has always been present with Your Show of Shows, Monty Python's Flying Circus, SCTV, The Kids in the Hall, Mr. Show and In Living Color, providing decades of short-form comedy to audiences. In comparison, Saturday Night Live has spent over 40 years recruiting talented performers from influential improv groups to create the longest-running sketch show in American television history.
Type: Documentary | Network: CNN | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The History of Comedy #1  Carnal Knowledge 16th Jul 2018 3 months ago 02:00 - 03:00 us Show
Season 2, Episode 1 - "Carnal Knowledge"
One of the oldest forms of comedy, sexual humor, has been a part of funny storytelling throughout history. From Aristophanes to Shakespeare to Sarah Silverman, the ubiquitous nature of relationships and sexual pursuits throughout life has made sexual humor an attractive topic for comedy—frequently pushing the limits of both comfort and political correctness. Whether it be Mae West or Animal House, Eddie Murphy or American Pie, sexual humor has always found a way to get past the puritanical and continue to land on the front lines of comedy.
Type: Documentary | Network: CNN | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
 
Season 1
+ The History of Comedy #8  Politics Aside 14th Aug 2017 1 year ago 02:00 - 03:00 us Show
Season 1, Episode 8 - "Politics Aside"
Examining the many different ways that comedy has lampooned and influenced politics over the years.
Type: Documentary | Network: CNN | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The History of Comedy #7  Making Fun 7th Aug 2017 1 year ago 02:00 - 03:00 us Show
Season 1, Episode 7 - "Making Fun"
Demonstrating how effective and funny it can be when you look at something serious and just twist it ever so slightly.
Type: Documentary | Network: CNN | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The History of Comedy #6  The Spark of Madness 31st Jul 2017 1 year ago 02:00 - 03:00 us Show
Season 1, Episode 6 - "The Spark of Madness"
Exploring the fascinating mind of the comedian and the difficult road that many seem destined to take -- where mental illness and substance abuse are remarkably common.
Type: Documentary | Network: CNN | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The History of Comedy #5  Ripped from the Headlines 24th Jul 2017 1 year ago 02:00 - 03:00 us Show
Season 1, Episode 5 - "Ripped from the Headlines"
Tracing the origins of topical humor from the invention of the monologue to the "fake news" shows of today.
Type: Documentary | Network: CNN | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The History of Comedy #4  One Nation, Under Comedy 17th Jul 2017 1 year ago 02:00 - 03:00 us Show
Season 1, Episode 4 - "One Nation, Under Comedy"
An exploration of the evolution of racial humor and how comedy about shared experiences can cross cultural barriers to unite people in laughter.
Type: Documentary | Network: CNN | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The History of Comedy #3  Comedy in Real Life 24th Feb 2017 1 year ago 03:00 - 04:00 us Show
Season 1, Episode 3 - "Comedy in Real Life"
Examining how comedians find humor in the simple daily experiences we all share to make us laugh.
Type: Documentary | Network: CNN | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The History of Comedy #2  The Funnier Sex 17th Feb 2017 1 year ago 03:00 - 04:00 us Show
Season 1, Episode 2 - "The Funnier Sex"
Exploring and celebrating the greatest female comedians of all time and how they were able to succeed in every genre where humor is found despite rampant sexism and prejudice.
Type: Documentary | Network: CNN | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The History of Comedy #1  F***ing Funny 10th Feb 2017 1 year ago 03:00 - 04:00 us Show
Season 1, Episode 1 - "F***ing Funny"
The evolution of inappropriate humor throughout history is traced, showcasing the work of groundbreaking comics, including George Carlin, Dick Gregory, and Lenny Bruce, who embraced the risqué side of comedy and risked careers, prison, and even their lives to fight censorship.
Type: Documentary | Network: CNN | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
 
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