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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: NPR Narrator: Ophira Eisenberg Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Other Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The NPR Laughter Therapy Series Release Date: September 2014 ISBN: 9781622314744
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This extended session of Laughter Therapy explores the history of all things funny, presenting a cornucopia of comedy from the pioneers of vaudeville and the silent film era, to the wildly creative innovators that transformed television in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, to the modern practitioners that continue to bend the boundaries of comedy today.

Chronically serious? Prepare to be cured by this collection of revealing profiles and interviews with some of the funniest personalities ever.


  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Buster Keaton
  • Groucho Marx
  • Sid Caesar
  • Ernie Kovacs
  • Bob and Ray
  • Imogene Coca
  • Mel Brooks
  • Carl Reiner
  • Bob Newhart
  • Jonathan Winters
  • Bill Cosby
  • Phyllis Diller
  • Joan Rivers
  • Jerry Seinfeld
  • Conan O’Brien
  • Amy Poehler
  • Margaret Cho
  • Jim Gaffigan
  • Sarah Silverman
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  • “This radio program offers an audio history of comedians from yesteryear to the present day, through a series of interviews by various NPR reporters. The production is tied together by host Ophira Eisenberg, who creates a smooth transition between each interview. The program is dryly humorous, mainly talking about the inner workings of the comedians’ comedy, with a few short sound clips of their acts interspersed. The history begins in the 1950s, with interviews of authors who wrote about such comedians as Charlie Chaplin and Groucho Marx. The later interviews with actual comedians, such as Carl Reiner and Jim Gaffigan, are more engaging. Some of the comedians listed as being featured actually give only a single comment about another comic.”


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About the Author

NPR is an internationally acclaimed producer and distributor of news, talk, and entertainment programming. Established in 1971, NPR content reaches a growing audience of 26.8 million listeners weekly. NPR member organizations operate 784 stations, and another 117 public radio stations also present NPR programs, for a total of more than 900 stations nationwide who broadcast NPR programming.

About the Narrator

Ophira Eisenberg is a standup comedian and the host of NPR’s and WNYC’s game show Ask Me Another. She performed on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and has appeared on Comedy Central, VH-1, Today, TV Guide Channel’s Standup In Stilettos, Fox, E! Channel, CNN, Oxygen Network, and the AXS Network.