The History of Comedy

The History of Comedy is an eight-part series executive produced by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner (Hazy Mills) and Emmy® winners Mark Herzog and Christopher G. Cowen (Herzog & Company). The show will explore what makes people laugh – from the Ancient Greeks, to Shakespeare, Vaudeville, to the biggest contemporary comedians, movies and TV shows. It will dig 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 will showcase how the art form has evolved over the years.

Show Info

Airs on: United States CNN (2017 - now)
Schedule: Sundays at 22:00 (60 min)
Status: Running
Show Type: Documentary
Genres: Comedy History
Episodes ordered: 8 episodes

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Previous Episode

Politics Aside

Episode 1x08; Aug 13, 2017

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

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
1x08: Politics AsideAug 13, 2017
1x07: Making FunAug 6, 2017
1x06: The Spark of MadnessJul 30, 2017
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