Kington's Anatomy Of Comedy

Writer and humorist Miles Kington examines the "anatomy of comedy" to create a provocative and informative guide to this highly prized skill.

Episodes

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01The Mechanics Of Mirth2005030820060912
20141020 (BBC7)
20141021 (BBC7)

Miles Kington explores the skill of creating comedy, with a look at the machine code.

Miles Kington explores the skill of creating comedy, with a look at the machine code.

Journalist and humourist Miles Kington explores the skill of creating comedy, kicking off with a look at the machine code. From March 2005.

Miles examines the "machine code" of comedy, interviewing Terry Jones, Mark Lamarr and David Quantick, with contributions from Bob Monkhouse, Eric Sykes, Richard Curtis and Ronnie Barker.

Why do we laugh, when did we first start laughing, and how do you go about making someone laugh?

02The Comedy Of Characters2005031520060913
20141021 (BBC7)
20141022 (BBC7)

Miles Kington examines how the great characters of comedy are created.

Journalist and humourist Miles Kington explores the skill of creating comedy.

Across this three part series he hears comedy wisdom from Monty Python's Terry Jones, Barry Humphries, Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, David Quantick, Mark Lamarr and Ricky Gervais.

Miles Kington died in 2008.

First heard on Radio 4 in 2005.

Miles examines how the great characters of comedy are created, the context and genre in which they function and why they can be found at the root of all comedy - from Chaucer's Wife of Bath to David Brent of The Office.

Miles interviews Terry Jones, with contributions from Barry Humphries, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, and Ricky Gervais - as well as archive interviews with Peter Sellers, Margaret Rutherford and Mr Pastry.

03 LASTThe Geopolitics Of Jest2005032220060914
20141022 (BBC7)
20141023 (BBC7)

Examining the international side of comedy - its origins, variations and universalities.

Writer and humorist Miles Kington examines the international dimensions of comedy - its origins, indigenous variations and universalities.

Miles examines the international dimensions of comedy - its origins, indigenous variations and universalities.

He interviews Terry Jones, Mark Lamarr and David Quantick about the future of comedy and the impact of political correctness.

How do you poke fun at murderous dictators whilst living in their authoritarian state?