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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Sunday Oct 13 - 5:18pm
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This new boxed-set political drama on the BBC NEWS CHANNEL is proving very far fetched... surely none of it would h… https://t.co/5iIMUMnJeN
Thursday Sep 5 - 10:44am
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Looks like Mrs May's Withdrawal Bill is coming back. It will soon have had more repeat viewings than THE RAILWAY CH… https://t.co/fCnYdZ9nAs
Wednesday Sep 4 - 7:43pm
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@DerrenLitten @thatjanravens Yes, a fascinating programme. I recently did Dame Edith Evans at a dinner and the audi… https://t.co/JP2KAEHEBK
Saturday Aug 31 - 7:43pm
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I never even knew I was on! Listened to it now. An archive clip of me doing Ann Widdecombe via Homer Simpson.… https://t.co/RIFMdDqRkg
Sunday Aug 25 - 6:11pm
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