Show Notes & Research
From the Show
Broadcast: 22nd November, 2015
Last update: 22nd November, 2015
- Read the feedback, notes from the last show
- Begin recording
- Introduction and description of the podcast, goals, modus operandi.
- What An investigation of everything from a British perspective by two brothers (who consider themselves to be relatively normal chaps), one topic at a time.
- Who Geoffrey Campos (engineer and devil’s advocate),
Benjamin de-Campos (designer and believer).
- How Choose a topic of interest, spend a little time researching it, have a discussion then publish the notes - which are available on the site to read along!
- Why The main benefits are the fostering of a greater understanding of the world before we die and hopefully, to prompt further thought and discussion from our listeners.
- The topic we will be discussing in this episode is Comedy
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?
What we’re not talking about
Each bullet is a talking point. Sub-bullets are topics that may or may not be covered. Usage: Read the bullet and sub-bullets then talk about some or all sub-bullets.
- Social bonding
- Deborah Tannen, Linguist ‘In our 1,200 case studies, my fellow researchers and I found that while both sexes laugh a lot, females laugh more. In cross-gender conversations, females laughed 126% more than their male counterparts, meaning that women tend to do the most laughing while males tend to do the most laugh-getting.’ From her book ‘You Just Don't Understand’, 1991.
- Why do we laugh?
- Toe-curlingly cringeworthy
- Cultural variation
- Evolution of comedy in just the last 30 years
- Changing landscapes
- Political correctness
- Stand up - the format itself
- ‘Important’ figures in stand up history:
- Some guy called Lenny Bruce was way ahead of his time yet not funny
- Louis CK Everyone is raving about this man
- Bill Cosby was apparently something to behold
- Steven Wright
- Eddie Murphy
- Bill Hicks
- Richard Pryor
- Frankie Boyle
- Jimmy Carr
- Ben Elton
- Ricky Gervais
- Eddie Izzard
- Jerry Seinfeld
- Ellen Degeneres
- Oprah Winfrey
- Victoria Wood
- Jo Brand
- Sue Perkins
- Whoopi Goldberg
- Sarah Millican
- Lucille Ball
- The One Show do you mean ‘the now show?’
- Radio 4 style comedy - self hating leftist
- Blazing Saddles
Terminology specific to the topic
- Corpsing Laughing while meant to be performing
- Details about site, contacts, next show: Fairy Tales?
- Outro music choice - something open source or out of copyright so we don’t get sued
- Add intro music, outro, any editing
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