Steve Nallon's lecture AN INSIDER'S GUIDE TO LAUGHTER AND COMEDY is a popular and accessible talk that has proved to have a wide appeal to students and academics, performers and writers as well as the general public. The talk asks the basic question 'What makes human beings laugh?' It explores early laughter in babies and toddlers, plus speculative ideas as to why, when and how our cavemen ancestors first laughed. The talk takes the audience through some of the various theories as to why we laugh, including 'Surprise and Reversal', 'Configuration', 'Social Bonding', and 'Psychological Repression'. As Steve Nallon is a working comedian and writer, there are also useful 'insider tips' on how to think in comic terms and even how to create your own basic jokes. The extracts below come from a recording of the talk given at the University of York in October 2014.

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Thursday Apr 25 - 6:37am
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@Morris__Bright Lovely man. Had the great pleasure of doing a radio series with Jack.
Tuesday Apr 9 - 5:41pm
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Salman Rushdie has claimed that Margaret Thatcher once 'pawed' and 'groped' him. Really? Well all I can say is that… https://t.co/OT5yXFt7kM
Sunday Apr 7 - 7:24pm
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Sunday Mar 31 - 11:57am
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Born on this day 1596, René Descartes, who famously said 'Cogito, ergo sum'. Or when translated into Chinese... 'Co… https://t.co/ZAId6bv66M
Sunday Mar 31 - 6:19am
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