The History of Comedy: Miniseries (2017)

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Episodes

Air date: Feb 9, 2017

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

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Air date: Feb 16, 2017

A look at the greatest female comedians and how they were able to succeed in every genre where humor is found despite rampant sexism and prejudice.

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A closer look at the ground-breaking comedians, such as Lenny Bruce and Red Foxx, who risked their careers fighting against censorship.

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Air date: Feb 23, 2017

A look at how comedians find humor in the simple, daily experiences most people share.

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Air date: Mar 16, 2017

The origins of topical humor are traced, from the invention of the monologue to the "fake news" shows of today.

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Air date: Jul 16, 2017

An exploration of the evolution of racial humor and how comedy about shared experiences can cross cultural barriers to unite people in laughter.

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Ripped From the Headlines: An engaging and entertaining look at the origins of topical humour, from the rise of the monologue to the 'fake news' shows of today.

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Air date: Jul 16, 2017

An exploration of the evolution of racial humor and how comedy about shared experiences can cross cultural barriers to unite people in laughter.

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Air date: Aug 6, 2017

A look at how effective and funny it can be to take something serious and twist it ever so slightly.

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Air date: Aug 13, 2017

A look at the many different ways that comedy has lampooned and influenced politics over the years.

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  • Sep 29, 2017
    Entertaining (if biased) history of comedy from CNN. Touches social justice topics a bit too much in my opinion. The hosts and interviewees on the show all seem to lean far to the left but we don't get any word from those leaning to the right, it would have been more entertaining if it wasn't so heavy handed and off topic at times.

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