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Joking With Robots

Friday, July 03, 2015

Comedian Myq Kaplan faces off against a robot in a duel for comedic superiority.

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The "Department of Jokes"

Friday, July 03, 2015

Comedian Yakov Smirnoff on performing in the Soviet Union, where comics had to submit jokes to a Department of Humor for approval.

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Robot Humor

Friday, July 03, 2015

We often think of robots as tools to make our lives easier. But what if they could also make our lives funnier?

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A Comedic Counternarrative

Friday, June 19, 2015

Humza Arshad, a British-Pakistani comedian and YouTube star, makes teens laugh -- and steers them away from religious extremism and ISIS recruitment.

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Cancer and Comedy: Strange Bedfellows?

Friday, April 03, 2015

In the 1990s, Julia Sweeney was a comedian known for her SNL character, Pat. Then her brother got cancer. She discusses performing cancer, and why cancer is inherently hilarious.

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Robot Humor

Friday, August 08, 2014

We often think of robots as tools to make our lives easier. But what if they could also make our lives funnier?

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Joking With Robots

Friday, August 08, 2014

Myq Kaplan is a comedian known for his "robotic" delivery of jokes. That made him the perfect candidate to compete with Manatee, a joke-telling robot. Brooke talks with Kaplan about how robots might someday co-opt his comedic style.

Music: Dan Magnan - Robots. Special thanks to @jonaswoost (Jonas Woost) for the suggestion on Twitter!

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eBay is a Beautiful Place, Sometimes

Thursday, July 31, 2014

If you don’t use eBay regularly, you may think it’s a strange world where strange people buy strange things. You’re absolutely right, but sometimes those things are beautiful gems.

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Joking With Robots

Friday, April 18, 2014

Myq Kaplan is a comedian known for his "robotic" delivery of jokes. That made him the perfect candidate to compete with Manatee, a joke-telling robot. Brooke talks with Kaplan about how robots might someday co-opt his comedic style.

Music: Dan Magnan - Robots. Special thanks to @jonaswoost (Jonas Woost) for the suggestion on Twitter!

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Robot Humor

Friday, April 18, 2014

We often think of robots as tools to make our lives easier. But what if they could also make our lives funnier?

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Twitter and Political Humor

Friday, August 10, 2012

Comedian Rob Delaney's tweets about Mitt Romney are so popular that, at times, they get re-tweeted more than Romney's own tweets. Brooke speaks with Delaney about those tweets and the rise of Twitter in the world of political humor.

 

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The Laugh Track

Friday, January 06, 2012

For almost as long as there have been comedies on television there's been that old Pavlovian insurance–the laugh track.  But does it work?  Are producers just scared that without prompting we won't know what's funny?  New York Magazine's Joe Adalian tells Bob that a new generation of sitcoms highlights the pros and cons of canned laughter.

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