From the show's programme:
Join Carl Sagan in this voyage across time and space to discover the origins of comedy and how the way we laugh has changed through time. We’ll explore comedy from the earliest man to the internet age in this hilarious one man show. ‘A History of Comedy’ is a parody of the 1980 television series ‘Cosmos’. As Sagan, Murrell will guide the audience from the beginning of man’s time on Earth to today. Along the way, the audience will learn about the origins of humor and see how cavemen used to joke. We’ll see how comedy originated in antiquity, grew in literature, and matured in theater. We’ll get to see the progression of staged comedy from Shakespeare to Vaudeville to standup comedy to being filmed. Eventually, we’ll see the evolution of improv comedy, and finishing up with the effects the internet had on comedy. Throughout our journey, live comedy acts will showcase some of these periods of time.
Performances: September 29 - October 1, The Valiant Theatre (6621 St. Claude Ave). All performances are at 8pm. $15 General Admission (plus tax and fees).