The History of Comedy

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  • 2017
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.0  (5)

This eight-episode CNN docuseries profiles the comedian who were instrumental in the evolution of American stand-up comedy. Each episode focuses on a particular theme, and it supports that theme with clips of comedy performances and interviews with comedians. The first episode, for example, explores the rise of provocative humor and includes such comedians as Richard Pryor and George Carlin. The series is hosted and produced by Will & Grace star Sean Hayes.

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Seasons
Going Clean/Flipping Funny
6. Going Clean/Flipping Funny
August 19, 2018
A look at family-friendly comedy and the struggles of abiding by strict network censors.
In It Together
5. In It Together
August 12, 2018
The history and evolution of comedy teams.
Gone Too Soon
4. Gone Too Soon
August 5, 2018
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.
Drawn to Be Funny
3. Drawn to Be Funny
July 29, 2018
The history between animation and comedy.
Sketch and Improv
2. Sketch and Improv
July 22, 2018
Exploring the history of sketch and improv comedy and how it has evolved into a significant part of comedic talent today.
Carnal Knowledge
1. Carnal Knowledge
July 15, 2018
A look at one of the oldest forms of comedy, sexual humor, as well as how it continues to push the limits of both comfort and political correctness.
Description

This eight-episode CNN docuseries profiles the comedian who were instrumental in the evolution of American stand-up comedy. Each episode focuses on a particular theme, and it supports that theme with clips of comedy performances and interviews with comedians. The first episode, for example, explores the rise of provocative humor and includes such comedians as Richard Pryor and George Carlin. The series is hosted and produced by Will & Grace star Sean Hayes.The History of Comedy is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (14 episodes). The series first aired on February 9, 2017.

Where to Watch The History of Comedy

The History of Comedy is available for streaming on the CNN website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The History of Comedy on demand at HBO Max, Hulu and Sling.

  • Premiere Date
    February 9, 2017
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (5)