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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: 6 PPL
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Season 2
+ The History of Comedy #6  Going Clean/Flipping Funny 20th Aug 2018 in 1 day 02:00 - 03:00 us Show
Season 2, Episode 6 - "Going Clean/Flipping Funny"
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Type: Documentary | Network: CNN | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The History of Comedy #5  In It Together 13th Aug 2018 5 days ago 02:00 - 03:00 us Show
Season 2, Episode 5 - "In It Together"
The history and evolution of comedy teams.
Type: Documentary | Network: CNN | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The History of Comedy #4  Gone Too Soon 6th Aug 2018 1 week 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.
Type: Documentary | Network: CNN | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The History of Comedy #3  Drawn to Be Funny 30th Jul 2018 2 weeks ago 02:00 - 03:00 us Show
Season 2, Episode 3 - "Drawn to Be Funny"
The history between animation and comedy.
Type: Documentary | Network: CNN | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The History of Comedy #2  Sketch and Improv 23rd Jul 2018 3 weeks ago 02:00 - 03:00 us Show
Season 2, Episode 2 - "Sketch and Improv"
The histories of improvisational humor and sketch comedy, detailing how they have evolved to become significant parts of today's comedic landscape.
Type: Documentary | Network: CNN | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The History of Comedy #1  Carnal Knowledge 16th Jul 2018 1 month ago 02:00 - 03:00 us Show
Season 2, Episode 1 - "Carnal Knowledge"
How sexual humor, one of the oldest forms of comedy, pushes the limits of both comfort and political correctness.
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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