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Jimmy Carr and the Science of Laughter

Episode 15 of 17

Jimmy Carr takes over Horizon for a one-off special to try to get to the bottom of what laughter is, why we enjoy it so much and what, if anything, it has to do with comedy.

Comedian Jimmy Carr takes over Horizon for this one-off special programme, produced as part of BBC2's sitcom season.

Jimmy turns venerable documentary strand Horizon into a chat show, with eminent laughter scientists as guests and a studio audience to use as guinea pigs. Jimmy and his guests try to get to the bottom of what laughter is, why we enjoy it so much and what, if anything, it has to do with comedy.

Between them, and with the help of contributions from other scientists on film, Jimmy and guests discover that laughter is much older than our species, and may well have contributed to making us human.

With professors Sophie Scott, Robin Dunbar and Peter McGraw.

1 hour

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Jimmy Carr
Series Editor Steve Crabtree
Director Peter Leonard
Producer Peter Leonard

Broadcasts

  • Sun 11 Sep 2016 21:00
  • Wed 14 Sep 2016 23:15
  • Wed 14 Sep 2016 23:45
  • Sat 22 Oct 2016 02:10
  • Tue 8 Aug 2017 23:45
  • Wed 3 Oct 2018 23:00