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Comedy's Evolution

History: Vaudeville and Broadway

Learn about the headliners of vaudeville and Broadway, strutting their stuff and reprising material more than a half-century old.

Dec 2nd, 2008 | 9 comments

History: Clubs, Camps, and Catskills

“Follow the money,” went the refrain in All the President’s Men. When it comes to charting the influence of nightclubs and resorts on American comedy, the refrain might be “Follow the martini.”

Dec 2nd, 2008 | 11 comments

History: Cartoons

The reason, perhaps, why most animated cartoons are funny is because it’s in their pedigree; they came right out of the funny papers.

Dec 2nd, 2008 | 70 comments

History: Radio

Radio created so many of the ways that Americans receive and perceive comedy that it is arguably the most influential medium for comedy in our history.

Dec 2nd, 2008 | 23 comments

History: Comedy LPs

Comedy recordings have actually been around as long as there have been record players.

Dec 1st, 2008 | 27 comments

History: Cable Television

After battling the FCC and the broadcast network on the numerous legal technicalities for decades, a pay cable network makes its debut in 1972 transforming the comedy landscape forever.

Dec 1st, 2008 | 6 comments

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