Satirist Joe Queenan charts the rise and fall of the 'nudge nudge wink wink' epidemic.
Chris Ledgard meets the academics doing stand-up and asks why jokes get the brain going.
Bettany listens to a rat laughing and giggles at schoolboy jokes from Ancient Mesopotamia.
Ernie Rea and guests discuss the complex relationship between comedy and religion.
presented by Mark Lawson
Ed Byrne traces the history of offensive comedy while exploring the idea of censorship.
Bettany Hughes examines irony in her archaeology of philosophy.
Arthur Bostrom examines the origins, colourful history and new era of the double entendre.
Are the skills you need for stand-up comedy the same as those you need for sport? Really?
Natalie Haynes attempts to find the algorithm to determine the perfect joke.
An irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince.
The newspaper columnist Steve Richards goes on stage with 'pro-politics comedy'
Robin Ince looks at the enduring cliche of the sad clown.
Laurie Taylor explores what makes something funny and when it crosses the line.
Miranda Sawyer talks to Richard Herring, Adam Buxton, Tim Batt and Guy Montgomery.
Alan Dein follows musical stand-up comedian Christian Reilly on the comedy circuit.
Combative, provocative and engaging debate chaired by Michael Buerk.
Live debate examining the moral issues behind one of the week's news stories.
Virginia Ironside on comic timing and her link to The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.
Comedian George Egg considers how food became more than comedy's slapstick sidekick.