Photo courtesy of CNN.com

By RENEE SUMMERS, A&E Editor

Usually when one flips the channel to CNN, it is to get the latest news on what’s happening in the world. But CNN is also about entertainment with an educational twist. In recent years the news network has produced documentaries on such topics as education in America, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and past decades such as the 70s and the 80s.   

This past month, CNN rolled out a new docuseries called “The History of Comedy.” Eight hour-long episodes delve into such comedic topics as political humor, profanity in comedy, and racial humor, to name a few. In addition, the series looks back at the history of modern comedy’s origins in burlesque, silent slapstick films and early television comedies.  

Featured in the series is commentary from comedy giants such as Larry David, Elayne Boosler, Whoopi Goldberg and Samantha Bee. Each give their thoughts on the topic being covered and what was happening in the culture at that time. The series is seeking to find how comedy has impacted society over the changing generations, and it does it quite well. Also included in the examination are side-splitting clips of George Carlin, Lucille Ball, Eddie Murphy and Phyllis Diller.  

The first two episodes were titled “F—ing Funny,” which dealt with obscenity and how the definition of obscene has changed, and “The Funnier Sex,” which looked at women comedians and comedy writers for major television shows such as “Saturday Night Live.”

The show is both educational and entertaining. “The History of Comedy,” produced by Sean Hayes (‘Will and Grace’), runs for six more Thursday evenings at 10:00 p.m. on CNN. Don’t miss it, your funny bone will thank you.