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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@FandFentertain The records were all destroyed. No one the foresight to see that people maybe interested in the history of SPITTING IMAGE.
Wednesday Jul 1 - 8:59am
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Sadly the 'c' word now totally expunged from modern cultural discourse is 'context'. And I fear it may never return… https://t.co/SW06WInmIL
Friday Jun 12 - 11:01am
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Reviewing the Sunday papers this morning on Radio Four's BROADCASTING HOUSE. Not pleasant or easy reading... hopefu… https://t.co/d5tc9aCPJL
Sunday Jun 7 - 6:20am
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