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.
How do we use language in comedy? What is the social importance of comedy? What are the techniques used with language to create different types of humour? This series looks at how entertainers manipulate language to generate humour, and what this reveals about the nature of comedy and its function in society.
Featuring Henning Wehn, on cross cultural humour, Isy Suttie, on crafting a joke and Graham Fellows on creating his character John Shuttleworth.
During the Lenny's Britain series, we asked for your help with some research. We wanted to understand British humour - and you responded with your jokes. Thanks for taking part in the research - and now, Marie Gillespie shares with OpenLearn some of the findings.
Jokes may be just a bit of fun in our day-to-day lives, lightening a moment or breaking the ice, but they can also offer us an insight into our society – into who we are and how we socialise, says Marie Gillespie
Whether it's a day at the seaside, DIY, gardening, having a drink or going out on the town, we Brits like to have a laugh in our leisure time. So what do we get up to in our time off? How has our leisure time changed? And do we share a sense of humour?