Day: September 1, 2011

Jimmy Carr explains his theory of how laughter is tied to evolution on “The Green Room with Paul Provenza”

In the second season finale of Showtime’s The Green Room with Paul Provenza, Provenza asked Jimmy Carr to explain his theory on why humans laugh, and how it applies to evolution and makes us more advanced than other creatures big and small. Here is how that transpired. Paul Provenza: “Jimmy has a book coming out. You have a theory about why we even have comedy.” Jimmy Carr: “It’s a little bit pretentious. Do you, are you sure you want to hear it? Because it’s pretentious.” Provenza: “I assume so.” Carr: “I was trying to think about, why, actually why...

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Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks reminisce about the “2,000-year-old Man”

On Sept. 9, 2011, HBO will broadcast a comedy special pairing Mel Brooks with Dick Cavett in conversation, but in this clip, we see that Carl Reiner is there, too, and they’ll be talking about the classic bit Reiner and Brooks used to do about a 2000-year-old man. Roll it. And here is Reiner and Brooks in action back in 1966, which is before you were born, but they had both TV and comedy back then, so sit back and...

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