Please Tell Me Why It's Funny

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In the first of a two-part series, Dr Raj Persaud takes a psychological look at humour. Today, Sarah Blakemore shows Dr Raj her tickle-machine and explains why we cannot tickle ourselves, and veteran comedian Sir Norman Wisdom talks about slapstick comedy and whether his sense of humour has contributed to his longevity.

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Concluding a two-part series Dr Raj Persaud takes a psychological look at humour and asks why people decide to become comedians given that research indicates that a high percentage suffer from DEPRESSION. Comedian Donna McPhail talks candidly about the rigours of working on the comedy circuit.