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ECLECTICIST: Comedy

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Introduction

Topic Overview

Off-topic

Talking Points

Glossary

Wrap Up

From the Show

Broadcast: 22nd November, 2015

Last update: 22nd November, 2015

Introduction

Topic Overview

Apparently there are basically only four jokes. Or five or some other low number. Depends who you ask. The point is that all jokes are derivative of only four actual jokes (or five or some other low number). Despite this, ‘comedy’ as an artform is forever popular. People like to laugh. Whether it’s just a silly joke or a clever joke, some spiky piece of satire, gallows humour; comedy can be remarkably remarkably useful. As crazy as it sounds, in one form or another, it could have been humour that helped us deal with 9/11 and could even help us with the healing of the recent  Paris attacks. Comedy is also extraordinarily subjective and often a fairly reliable barometer of whether someone is a decent bloke (likes It’s always sunny in Philadelphia), or a total moron (likes Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Please). But what of the people who create comedy and do they all have mental problems?

Off-topic

What we’re not talking about

Talking Points

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Glossary

Terminology specific to the topic

Wrap Up

From the Show

Notes, corrections and further references

Jo Brand live at the Apollo (2003) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHmZd6yVTS8

The psychology of comedy http://www.chortle.co.uk/features/2010/04/13/10825/the_psychology_of_comedy