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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I had a great afternoon watching this. And so lovely to hear all that audience laughter for the real Alistair Sim!!… https://t.co/D8wWiixwli
Thursday Jan 17 - 7:39pm
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RT @The_ZoomComic: It was an honour and a lot of fun to design @DavidLammy ‘s Christmas Card this year - And just received mine in the post…
Saturday Dec 15 - 3:13pm
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RT @josephmdurso: @ProfTimBale @ChrisMasonBBC Thanks! Yes @SteveNallon was fascinating on the topic, we could have made a whole documentary…
Friday Dec 14 - 1:44pm
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RT @ProfTimBale: Only three days to listen to this brilliant programme from 1972 (!) on 'Women in Politics' made by the late, great Tony K…
Friday Dec 14 - 1:13pm
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It's on days like this I'm relieved I never even attempted a Theresa May impression.
Wednesday Dec 12 - 9:52am
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RT @TimTimwallers: I’ve had the great pleasure of directing Rod Campbell’s hugely successful children’s book #DearSanta for the stage. If…
Sunday Dec 2 - 11:03am
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