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Sunday, July 21, 2024 at 11:50 AM

History Reviews -- History of Comedy

History Reviews -- History of Comedy

A CNN documentary that got a second life on HBO Max, History of Comedy is an interesting series that examines all forms of the comedic industry. The series begins with the birth of live comedy with a look at the vaudeville and Burlesque theatre. From there, we learn about word play with Lenny Bruce and George Carlin, and about groundbreaking women like Phyllis Diller and Carol Leifer. If stand-up comedy is not for you, there are episodes about sketch comedy shows, satire, and the newest generation just breaking into fame.  

My favorite thing about this series is the level of history it shares. It is perfect for those interested only in watching good jokes – or for the evolution through history for those obsessed like my friends and I.  

Additionally, a comedy documentary is not usually a medium that is widely watched or enjoyed.  Most comedy documentaries cover single people, like the icons John Belushi or George Carlin. Of course, they deserve every accolade we give to them for their work. But this series casts such a wide net that it has become a great interesting history lesson for everyone.