Utilizing archival footage punctuated by contemporary interviews with comedy legends and scholars, this is the history of not only what makes us laugh, but how comedy has affected the social and political landscape throughout history.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Kliph Nesteroff ...  Himself 14 episodes, 2017-2018
Robert B. Weide ...  Himself 12 episodes, 2017-2018
Elayne Boosler ...  Herself / ... 10 episodes, 2017-2018
Patton Oswalt ...  Himself 7 episodes, 2017
Rob Reiner ...  Himself 5 episodes, 2017
Keegan-Michael Key ...  Himself 5 episodes, 2017
W. Kamau Bell ...  Himself / ... 5 episodes, 2017
Ali Wong ...  Herself / ... 6 episodes, 2017
Sarah Silverman ...  Herself / ... 6 episodes, 2017
Conan O'Brien ...  Himself / ... 5 episodes, 2017
Neal Brennan ...  Himself / ... 4 episodes, 2017-2018
Judd Apatow ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2017
Craig Ferguson ...  Himself / ... 4 episodes, 2017
Larry Charles ...  Himself / ... 3 episodes, 2017
Kenya Barris ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2017
Rachel Bloom ...  Herself 3 episodes, 2017
Laraine Newman ...  Herself 3 episodes, 2017
Larry David ...  Himself / ... 3 episodes, 2017
Jimmy Kimmel ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2017
Barry Katz ...  Himself / ... 3 episodes, 2018
Carol Burnett ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2017
Jim Gaffigan ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes
George Lopez ...  Comedian / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Bob Mankoff Bob Mankoff ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2017
Richard Zoglin Richard Zoglin ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Mel Watkins Mel Watkins ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2017
Louie Anderson ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2017
Maria Bamford ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2017
Samantha Bee ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2017
Cindy Chupack ...  Herself / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Jon Cryer ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2017
Bobcat Goldthwait ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2017
Kathy Griffin ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2017
Sean Hayes ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Yael Kohen Yael Kohen ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2017
Marc Maron ...  Himself - Comedian / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Nia Vardalos ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2017
Betty White ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2017
Kevin Smith ...  Himself 1 episode, 2017
Billy West ...  Himself 1 episode
Loren Bouchard ...  Himself 1 episode
Margaret Cho ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2017
Adam McKay ...  Himself 1 episode, 2017
Jonathan Katz ...  Himself 1 episode
Russell Peters ...  Himself 1 episode, 2017
Harry Shearer ...  Himself 1 episode, 2017
Mike Sacks Mike Sacks ...  Himself 1 episode, 2017
'Weird Al' Yankovic ...  Himself 1 episode, 2017
P.J. O'Rourke P.J. O'Rourke ...  Himself 1 episode, 2017
Anne Beatts Anne Beatts ...  Herself 1 episode, 2017
Sean Kelly Sean Kelly ...  (archival footage) 1 episode, 2017
Lorne Michaels ...  (archival footage) 1 episode, 2017
Carl Reiner ...  Himself 1 episode, 2017
James Andrew Miller James Andrew Miller ...  Himself 1 episode, 2017
Al Franken ...  Himself 1 episode, 2017
David Zucker ...  Himself 1 episode, 2017
Joseph Telushkin Joseph Telushkin ...  Himself 1 episode, 2017
Jerry Zucker ...  Himself 1 episode, 2017
Dick Gregory ...  Himself 1 episode, 2017
Todd Boyd Todd Boyd ...  Himself 1 episode, 2017
Kent Alterman Kent Alterman ...  Himself 1 episode, 2017
Scott Saul Scott Saul ...  Himself 1 episode, 2017
Rain Pryor ...  Herself 1 episode, 2017
Dick Cavett ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2017
Jen Kirkman ...  Herself 1 episode, 2017
Norman Lear ...  Himself 1 episode, 2017
Merrill Markoe Merrill Markoe ...  Herself 1 episode, 2017
Gail Parent Gail Parent ...  Herself 1 episode, 2017
Philip Rosenthal ...  Himself 1 episode, 2017
Jeffrey Ross ...  Himself 1 episode, 2017
Wayne Federman ...  Himself 1 episode, 2018
Tim Allen ...  Actor, Home Improvement / ... 1 episode
Mike Birbiglia ...  Himself - Comedian 1 episode
Lewis Black ...  Himself - Comedian 1 episode
Whitney Cummings ...  Creator, 2 Broke Girls / ... 1 episode
Bill Engvall ...  Himself - Comedian 1 episode
Dave Foley ...  Comedian / ... 1 episode
Nikki Glaser ...  Herself - Comedian 1 episode
Pete Holmes ...  Himself - Comedian 1 episode
Wendy Liebman Wendy Liebman ...  Herself - Comedian 1 episode
Keith Lucas Keith Lucas ...  Himself - Comedian 1 episode
Kenneth Lucas Kenneth Lucas ...  Himself - Comedian 1 episode
Mo'nique Mo'nique ...  Comedian / ... 1 episode
Jim Norton ...  Himself - Comedian 1 episode
Tig Notaro ...  Herself - Comedian 1 episode
Chonda Pierce ...  Herself - Comedian 1 episode
Jessica Pilot Jessica Pilot ...  Herself - Talent Scout 1 episode
Sinbad ...  Himself - Comedian 1 episode
Sommore ...  Herself - Comedian 1 episode
Peter Tolan ...  Co-Producer, Home Improvement / ... 1 episode
Keenen Ivory Wayans ...  Himself - Creator, In Living Color 1 episode
Larry Wilmore ...  Himself - Writer, In Living Color 1 episode
Bea Arthur ...  Herself (archive footage) 1 episode, 2017
Roseanne Barr ...  Roseanne Barr 3 episodes, 2017
Lenny Bruce ...  Lenny Bruce (archive footage) 2 episodes, 2017
Louis C.K. ...  Louis C.K. 3 episodes, 2017
George Carlin ...  George Carlin (archive footage) 3 episodes, 2017
Andrew Dice Clay ...  Andrew Dice Clay 2 episodes, 2017
Rodney Dangerfield ...  Rodney Dangerfield (archive footage) unknown episodes
Stephanie Erb ...  Ms. Yeats unknown episodes
Redd Foxx ...  Redd Foxx (archive footage) 1 episode, 2017
Gilbert Gottfried ...  Gilbert Gottfried unknown episodes
Jim Jefferies ...  Jim Jefferies unknown episodes
Anthony Jeselnik ...  Anthony Jeselnik unknown episodes
Penn Jillette ...  Pen Jillette unknown episodes
Sam Kinison ...  Sam Kinison (archive footage) unknown episodes
Eddie Murphy ...  Eddie Murphy 3 episodes, 2017
Richard Pryor ...  Richard Pryor (archive footage) 3 episodes, 2017
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Utilizing archival footage punctuated by contemporary interviews with comedy legends and scholars, this is the history of not only what makes us laugh, but how comedy has affected the social and political landscape throughout history.

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9 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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Should have been called "The American History of Comedy"
25 January 2018 | by cameragodSee all my reviews

The show isn't badly done but while I learned a lot about American comedians I'd never heard of before or never rated as any good, the rest of the world is comedy free apparently. It makes bold statements about who was the first to do what type of comedy or the most important influence, yet somehow it seems to totally ignore comedy done anywhere else outside of the USA. So not so much The History of Comedy and more a bit of an inside joke.


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