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Literary: Humour in Literature

Matthew Sweet talks to comedians Natalie Haynes and Steve Punt about their favourite humorous writing, from Aristophanes and Chaucer to Dorothy Parker and PG Wodehouse.

Since Chaucer's Canterbury Tales 600 years ago, writers have been making us laugh - but what makes literary comic gold? Comedians Natalie Haynes and Steve Punt unveil and perform their favourite humorous writing from down the ages, from Aristophanes and Chaucer to Dorothy Parker and P.G. Wodehouse.

Night Waves presenter Matthew Sweet hosts this discussion recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music.

The programme is part of Radio 3's Proms Plus Literary exploring some of the literary and cultural dimensions of this year's Proms concerts, in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music, right next door to the Albert Hall and just in advance of the concerts themselves.

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