The History of Comedy was just that: an eight-part series on comedy over the last century, from vaudeville and stand-up to film and TV. The first episode, "F***ing Funny," looked at profanity in humor, whether it was Lenny Bruce, George Carlin's "Seven Dirty Words" or Andrew Dice Clay's naughty nursery rhymes. Later episodes explored such topics as women, minorities, mental illness, late night, family and workplace sitcoms, and featured archival footage and interviews with big-name comedians and talking heads, including Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, Betty White, Dick Gregory, Larry David, Jimmy Kimmel, Judd Apatow, Sarah Silverman, Kathy Griffin, Patton Oswalt, George Lopez and Samantha Bee. Ahead of its premiere on July 16, FILM at LACMA's In Conversation With ... The History of Comedy screens season-two episode "Carnal Knowledge," which focuses on the relationship between sex and comedy, and hosts a discussion with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Rachel Bloom and comics Keith and Kenny Lucas, all of whom appear in the series.
Last year's CNN documentary