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Laughter's A Funny Business; Verbal Wit

11/01/1959


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Series
Laughter's A Funny Business
Program
Verbal Wit
Program Number

9

Series Description

Series comprised of 10 programs. During the course of a new NETRC series, Professor Edwin Burr Pettet of Brandeis University investigates what makes man laugh. Dealing chiefly with humor in theatre, Professor Pettet and other members of Brandeis University's faculty and student body discuss topics including conditions for laughter, incongruity, superiority inhibition, the clown, the farce, comedy and the development of humor, wit of situation, verbal wit, and parody, burlesque and satire.

Produced and directed by Greg Harney. Series release date: 1959

Program Description

Program description: Program features Edwin Burr Pettet providing a dramatic portrayal of Bernard Shaw, using both monologue and dramatic scenes to illustrate concepts and theories of verbal wit.

Series Description: Series comprised of 10 programs. During the course of a new NETRC series, Professor Edwin Burr Pettet (Chairman, Department of Theatre Arts, Brandeis University) of Brandeis University investigates what makes man laugh. Dealing chiefly with humor in theatre, Professor Pettet and other members of Brandeis University's faculty and student body discuss topics including conditions for laughter, incongruity, superiority inhibition, the clown, the farce, comedy and the development of humor, wit of situation, verbal wit, and parody, burlesque and satire.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Educational
Topics
Psychology
Creators
Harney, Greg (Series Producer)
Citation
Chicago: “Laughter's A Funny Business; Verbal Wit,” 11/01/1959, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 3, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DCC654DC49BF4128803DD917A4FFF940.
MLA: “Laughter's A Funny Business; Verbal Wit.” 11/01/1959. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 3, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DCC654DC49BF4128803DD917A4FFF940>.
APA: Laughter's A Funny Business; Verbal Wit. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DCC654DC49BF4128803DD917A4FFF940
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