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Lysistrata by Aristophanes video icon

History & The Arts 

Lysistrata by Aristophanes

Enjoy Aristophanes' comic account of one woman's extraordinary method of bringing The Peloponnesian War to an end in this classical studies animation. 

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5 mins
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Reading Shakespeare's As You Like It

Do you enjoy watching Shakespeare's plays and like the idea of finding out more about them? This free course, Reading Shakespeare's As You Like It, will guide you through some of the most important speeches and scenes from one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies.

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6 hrs
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Can comedy change your life? article icon

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Can comedy change your life?

After years spent in dark comedy clubs and cramped rooms above pubs, Mary O’Hara knows what makes her laugh. But what else can a good joke do? She meets the performers and researchers who say that comedy can change how we think and even how we act.

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From the Sumerians to Shakespeare to Twain: why fart jokes never get old article icon

History & The Arts 

From the Sumerians to Shakespeare to Twain: why fart jokes never get old

How have fart jokes survived the times? Even the great William Shakespeare, used a flatulence pun in his play The Comedy of Errors...

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History & The Arts 

Outside the book

Explore the wonders of the literary world with these five quirky animations.

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10 mins
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History & The Arts 

Outside the book: Comedy

Find out how making fun of society and social mishaps allowed writers like Shakespeare to produce great comedy. 

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5 mins
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History & The Arts 

Outside the Book

What function does comedy serve? What do people in power learn by watching tragedies? In this collection of five animations comedienne Josie Long guides us into the fascinating world of Literary Theory. Along the way we’ll discover two very different types of poet (and lover): The Petrarchan and The Libertine, we’re given insight into the complexity behind the term author and learn the difference between a book and the idea of a book. This collection was created in conjunction with The Open University course A334 English Literature from Shakespeare to Austen

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10 mins
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History & The Arts 

Language of Comedy

Leading comedians and writers share their insights into how people manipulate language to generate humour and what this reveals about society. 

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30 mins
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History & The Arts 

Language of Comedy - Catchphrases

The Fast Show's Charlie Higson discusses catchphrases.

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5 mins
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History & The Arts 

Language of Comedy - Cross cultural humour

German comedian Henning Wehn looks at how comedians play with cultural stereotypes as a source of humour. 

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5 mins
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Language of Comedy - Innuendo

How do comedians exploit the ambiguities of language in the production of innuendo? Featuring Julian Clary's head-writer, David McGillivray.

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5 mins
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History & The Arts 

Language of Comedy - Social class

The Fast Show writer Charlie Higson discusses how social class and dialects are used as a topic for comedy. 

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5 mins
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