Make 'Em Laugh: The... Episodes

2009, TV Show

Episode Detail: Nerds, Jerks & Oddballs: Would Ya Hit a Guy with Glasses?; Breadwinners and Homemakers: Honey, I'm Home! - Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America

Billy Crystal hosts a history of American comedy, which explores the funny business via performances, profiles and interviews. It begins with a look at comedic outsiders and spans comics from Harold Lloyd to Steve Martin and also includes such icons as Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller and Andy Kaufman. Then, the domestic comedy concept is examined. Shows include "The Goldbergs," "I Love Lucy," "The Honeymooners," "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "All in the Family," "The Cosby Show," "Roseanne" and "Seinfeld."

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Premiered: January 14, 2009, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: Interviews with more than 90 comedians accent this history of American comedy, which is broken down by genre (domestic, parody and satire, physical, etc.) and features clips and profiles of notable performers.


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