Make 'Em Laugh: The... Episodes

2009, TV Show

Episode Detail: The Knockabouts: Slip on a Banana Peel; The Groundbreakers: When I'm Bad, I'm Better - Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America

A focus on slapstick comedy recalls the antics of Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, the Three Stooges, Martin and Lewis, the Marx Brothers and Lucille Ball. Also: the "bad" boys and gals who broke the established rules of comedy, including Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Moms Mabley, Richard Pryor and Mae West, are remembered.

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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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