As a prelude to the Edinburgh Comedy Festival, Jerry Hall enlists the help of comedians to highlight the importance of laughter in our lives and examine the psychology and physiology of laughter to determine how and why we laugh, what makes us laugh and why it is one of our basic human needs.
This programme is an insightful exploration of the art of making people laugh, featuring a host of guests who live and breathe comedy every day of their lives. Contributors include David Walliams, Matt Lucas, Stephen Fry, Richard Curtis, Lenny Henry, Ross Noble, Frank Skinner, Jo Brand, John Cleese, Richard E Grant, Shazia Mirza, Reginald D Hunter, Ian La Frenais, Dr Oliver Double and Professor Mark Van Vugt.
By studying comedy styles such as sarcasm, satire and slapstick, through to popular and high-brow comedy, Jerry examines the neurological effect laughter has on our nervous system and moods and explains how laughter really can heal the body and mind. No matter what makes you laugh, the most important thing is to laugh as much and as often as possible.
From The Radio Times
Does watching Norman Wisdom get floored by a laddertickle your fancy? Maybe the sight of Basil Fawlty belting his car with a branch has you helpless. Or perhaps it is the observational comedy of Richard Pryor that hits your funny bone. Whatever it is, it is jolly good for you: that laughter is the best medicine is now a proven medical fact. In her deconstruction of laughter, examining its psychology and physiology, Jerry Hall commands the highest quality contributors. Luminaries from the academic field are only outshone by the staggering assembly of comedic talent. Walliams, Lucas, Fry, Henry, Brand, Cleese, Noble and others talk about the styles of comedy that have influenced them and often made them become funny in the first place. She even has access to Hugh Grant, who talks about the challenges an actor faces in comedy films, usually by Richard Curtis. And yes, he's here too.
-- Frances Lass
The Art Of Laughter was produced, written and presented by Jerry Hall.
Presenter/Jerry Hall, Producers/Des Shaw and Jerry Hall
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