Issues and Debates 2.5: How Does Comedy Work?

Why was Friends so successful? Why do people have such fond memories of Only Fools and Horses? Is Frankie Boyle hilarious or offensive?

Including a short potted history of the way comedy has changed over time, this is an overview of some of the main theories on what makes us laugh and qhy we do it. Comedy may be subjective but despite our differences we all laugh for similar reasons whether we’re fans of The Big Bang Theory or Mrs Brown’s Boys.

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