The History of Comedy

The History of Comedy explores 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.

Show Info

Network: United States CNN (2017 - now)
Schedule: Sundays at 22:00 (60 min)
Status: Running
Show Type: Documentary
Genres: Comedy History

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No Offense (Going Clean/Flipping Funny)

Episode 2x06; Aug 19, 2018

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 comedia

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
2x06: No Offense (Going Clean/Flipping Funny)Aug 19, 2018
2x05: In It TogetherAug 12, 2018
2x04: Gone Too SoonAug 5, 2018
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