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The History of Comedy

TVMA • Stand Up, Comedy, Documentaries • TV Series • 2017

This new CNN Original Series explores what makes us laugh, why, and how that's influenced our social and political landscape throughout history.

This new CNN Original Series explores what makes us laugh, why, and how that's influenced our social and political landscape throughout history.

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1 season available (8 episodes)

1 season available

(8 episodes)

Season1
Episode 1

F***ing Funny

Tracking the evolution of inappropriate humor throughout history, showcasing the work from groundbreaking comedians who risked their careers, prison sentences, and even their lives as they fought against censorship.
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.
Episode 3

The Comedy of Real Life

Examining how comedians find humor in the simple daily experiences we all share to make us laugh.
Episode 4

One Nation, Under Comedy

Exploring the evolution of racial humor and how comedy about shared experiences can cross cultural barriers to unite us in laughter.
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.
Episode 6

Spark of Madness

Exploring 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.
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.
Episode 8

Politics Aside

Examining the many different ways that comedy has lampooned and influenced politics over the years.

Politics Aside

Parody and Satire

Spark of Madness

Cultural Divide

The Comedy of Real Life

Funnier Sex

Ripped from the Headlines

F***ing Funny

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