John Bird - That Mocking Bird

John Bird presents a six-part series rummaging through life in comedy, to establish why so many people want to get into it.

Episodes

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0119981031
0219981107

In the second programme he delves deeper into the mysteries of comedy to discover why the poet Shelley wrote `Our sincerest laughter with some pain is fraught'.

0319981114

In the third programme, he looks into the practicalities of the comedy business - source material, the vagaries of an audience and life on the road.

0419981121

In the fourth programme, he tests the theory that laughter can lower blood pressure, reduce stress and cure depression.

0519981128

In the fifth programme, he tests the adage that `Man is the only animal that laughs', and examines the role of birds and animals in the life of the comedian.

06 LAST19981205

He makes some observations on humorous writing and offers career guidance for the would-be comedian.