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The Worlds First Comedian?

If you ever saw Aristophanes live on stage, you must be sincerely old. That's because he appeared around 400 B.C., and back then the videos were pretty bad.

This amazing Greek dramatist knew how to communicate through comedy. Like present-day humorists, much of his work focused on current events or politicians.

What can we learn from this ancient wordsmith?

1. Humor can be a great teaching device. One of his early plays - "The Clouds" - talks about an old man trying to solve problems by enrolling in a "thinking school."

2. Repetition - Aristophanes reinforced the main points of his plays by repeating major themes, often in verse.

3. Rhythm and song - These found their way into the author's works as a helpful memory device. In fact, you might call Aristophanes "the great-great grandfather of musical comedy."

4. Fantasy - In his play "The Frogs" Aristophanes tells about a trip to Hades to bring the author Euripides back to earth.

5. Offbeat comedy - Some critics claim a few of his comedies were intentionally silly. In some, a character from the play would step forward to address the audience. This person may have been one of the earliest "stand-up comics."

6. Segmentation - A few critics say that Aristophanes' writing skipped from one subject to another, and often seemed disconnected. Others, however, saw that this ancient author knew how to change subjects easily - and create powerful scenes - by weaving a single theme throughout each presentation.

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Veterans Use Comedy to Bring Humor and Healing to Fellow Service Members  1010WINS

It's a special KNX In-Depth hour in celebration of Memorial Day Monday.They're veterans of combat in Iraq and the first Gulf War but now they crack jokes.

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There are many upsides to using humor at work. But when you don't use it appropriately, it can backfire.

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Italian and Norwegian researchers have shown, via brain imaging, how people with narcolepsy experience humor differently than neurotypical people.

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Humor Over Adversity: Teen's Illness Inspires Promposal  NBC Connecticut

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Theater Review: New show gets laughs from bawdy, body humor  Juneau Empire

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Dave Chappelle to Receive Mark Twain Prize for Humor  The New York Times

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'On the edge of glory': Early College graduates get slice of humor as they head into 'real world' - The Stanly News & Press  Stanly News & Press

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Drinkin' With Lincoln Episode 4: Letting Lincoln's Humor Shine  WNIJ and WNIU

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Letter: There is truth in humor  Salt Lake Tribune

Have you noticed that Republicans don't smile much? Look at Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Chris Stewart; grumps in my estimation. Denial of the strange forces that ...

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30 Best Dad Jokes for Any Sense of Humor — Funny Dad Jokes  Country Living

From one-liners to corny comedy, this hilarious selection of the best dad jokes will have every father chuckling. They're so bad, they're good.

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Terry Eagleton's 'Humour' Is Neither Too Prude Nor Too Erudite  PopMatters

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Randy Travis Still Has Sense of Humor After Life-Altering Stroke  Taste of Country

Randy Travis and his wife Mary don't let the effects of Randy's life-altering stroke get in the way of their joy.

Bowyer brings own humorous anecdotes to driver-only broadcast  NASCAR

Clint Bowyer shares his own humorous story during the driver-only broadcast, talking boiling water in his seat.

Poor Attempt At Humor? Did This Hollywood Actor Really Mean He Would Back A Nazi Over Trump?  Townhall

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A Speedo can hold a lot of politically incorrect humor, by John McGauley  The Keene Sentinel

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From Cannes: 'Gisaengchung' ('Parasite') Feeds on Class Rage and Humor | Arts  Harvard Crimson

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Now Playing: Play From Oscar-Nominated Director Blends Humor and Darkness  WDET

Click the audio player above to listen to the full conversation. CultureShift airs weekdays from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit Public Radio.

Dave Chappelle to receive Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from Kennedy Center  10TV

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Harvard Humor Mag Accused of Anti-Semitism After Running Photoshopped Anne Frank Bikini Photo  Newsweek

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Michael J. Fox on Facing Adversity With Optimism and Dark Humor  Variety

Old friends Denis Leary and Michael J. Fox sat down for a Tribeca Film Festival panel discussion, swapping memories and cracking jokes.

‘The Whistlers’ Film Review: Romanian Wild Ride Runs on Black Humor  TheWrap

"The Whistlers" is no minimalist slice of realism, but an oversized, twisted ride that runs on an endless supply of black humor and a sizeable body count.

The Mom Stop: Sense of humor eases pain of parenting  Van Buren Press Argus-Courier

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Under houses, in culverts and in an alligator's mouth: Alligator trappers find themselves in unusual situations.

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'The Hustle' Fun Despite Mid-Level Humor  Santa Barbara Independent

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Vader Immortal world premiere: Star Wars comes to VR with story, humor, stakes  Ars Technica

I could start my review of Vader Immortal: Episode One, the first lengthy Star Wars experience for consumer-grade VR headsets, in a number of ways. Controls?

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Kennedy Center to honor Dave Chappelle with Mark Twain prize for humor  TheGrio

Dave Chappelle will receive this year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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Chatological Humor (Apr. 30)  The Washington Post

Gene Weingarten brings you an update to his monthly Chatological Humor live chat.

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Bill Cosby Update: Comedian Has Kept His Sense Of Humor While In Prison  International Business Times

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Now Playing: New Play From Oscar-Nominated Director Blends Humor and Darkness  WDET

Click the audio player above to listen to the full conversation. CultureShift airs weekdays from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit Public Radio.

Exploring the Subtle Brilliance of ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Sweet, Subversive Humor

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The humor of constant confusion

(Photo courtesy Greenbrier Valley Theatre)Constantine Pappas, who will portray Max in GVT's 2019 production of Ken Ludwig's A Comedy of Tenors.

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Rachel Held Evans, Christian writer of honesty and humor, dies at age 37  Religion News Service

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Researchers Say Humor Is a Powerful Tool Against Depression  Thrive Global

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Wolf says inquiry for Cutting Humor was considered in Derby  Murray Ledger and Times

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This Just in: Trump Says Climate Change is Real (humor)  Resilience

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What Your Favorite Ritual Tool Says About You: An Exercise in Humor  Patheos

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2019 Shorty Awards Mix Humor With Sincerity & Host Kathy Griffin  Hollywood Reporter

Kathy Griffin hosted the 2019 Shorty Awards, which had a number of inspiring moments as well as jokes about the college admissions scandal and Twitter trolls.

Review: Viewing child care through a humorous lens  The Providence Journal

Jennifer Traig has what New England children would call a "wicked" sense of humor. Wielding her seemingly boundless wit, in "Act Natural" she manages to ...

Heartland police use humor on social media  KFVS

A Heartland police department's getting extra attention after they used humor on social media.

Coming home with humor: Comedian with local roots to bring laughs to Newburyport  The Daily News of Newburyport

Valerie Tosi likens stand-up comedy to working out.

‘God Project’ at 1812: Too much sermonizing, not enough humor

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'The Hustle': The attempts at humor sting in a crummy con-job comedy  Chicago Sun-Times

The breathtaking setting in the south of France and the zippy music and the madcap bits of physical shtick tell us “The Hustle” wants to be a slick and silly romp ...

Humor: An investigation into the vast and extremely successful conspiracy to cover-up Amish cybercrime  The Aggie

For the better part of the last decade, The California Aggie has been carrying out a highly sensitive investigation into one of the largest conspiracies ever.

SongSisters blend musical styles, humor for folk club concert  Chicago Tribune

SongSisters, a folk trio performing upbeat, poignant and humorous music, will perform May 19 at the Lake County Folk Club.

Unfiltered: This author uses humor, honesty to talk about race in the US  Christian Science Monitor

Straightforward discussions about race are not always comfortable for Americans. How might cultural critic Damon Young's memoir, 'What Doesn't Kill You ...

Humor helps Royals manager Ned Yost battle pain, age and a changing game  Los Angeles Times

Ned Yost won a World Series with the Kansas City Royals, but laughter is the best medicine for his health issues and dismay over how baseball is played today.

Chatological Humor (May 21)  The Washington Post

Gene Weingarten brings you an update to his monthly Chatological Humor live chat.

Runner who died during Kalamazoo 10K was health and humor expert  WWMT-TV

Kay Caskey, 76, devoted her life to showing others how to age successfully, not just gracefully. Caskey, a Western Michigan University professor, died over the ...

Compassion and Humor Are Two of John Tortorella's Best Qualities, According to Pierre-Luc Dubois | 1st Ohio Ba  1st Ohio Battery

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Slick Rick Speaks About Being The 1st MC To Bring Humor To Rap (Video)  Ambrosia For Heads

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When the 'Rolling Log' author had a sense of humor...  Buffalo Bulletin

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Matthew Gatti's parents and siblings remember his bright sense of humor, love for others  Jackson Sun

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Matthew Gatti died in the line of duty Monday. His family remembers him for his love for making people laugh and heart for ...

Mike Smith to Ride Cutting Humor in Kentucky Derby

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Weekend humor from Celia Rivenbark: Jeopardy! Champ for President  The Progressive Pulse

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Sympathy for the devil? A new documentary highlights the humor and humanity of the Satanic Temple  Little Village

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Villanelle's 14 Best 'Killing Eve' Lines Show She's Just As Funny As She Is Twisted  Bustle

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VATICAN Pope: Jesus' peace, humor in the midst of persecution  AsiaNews

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Vision Vs. Thanos Set Photo Showcases Elizabeth Olsen's Twisted Sense of Humor  MovieWeb

The Russo Brothers have shared a new behind-the-scenes image from Infinity War, featuring Elizabeth Olsen's twisted sense of humor.

Look Back: Sheriff Charles Robinson had 'dry' sense of humor  The Hartsville Vidette

Our look at Trousdale County sheriffs this week leads us to a more recent sheriff in Charles Robinson, who held office from 1974 to 1996.

Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party Showcases Its Sense of Humor  Israellycool

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Humor: How to tell if your parents are addicted to Crepeville  The Aggie

If you give a mom a crepe It's Sunday morning, and your parents want to have a nice meal with you before they leave Davis. You think, “Hm.

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Todd Pletcher has been in a Kentucky Derby staple for so long that you'd assume he is confident each year about his group of rising 2-year-olds being primed to ...

Memphis girl faces rare disorder with humor as St. Jude steps in with a cure  WMC

Imagine growing up allergic to the sun, trapped inside while all your friends play outside. That was one Memphis child's reality until she got treatment at St. Jude ...

Chatological Humor (May 7)  The Washington Post

Gene Weingarten brings you an update to his monthly Chatological Humor live chat.

Memphis girl with rare disorder uses humor to cope as St. Jude steps in with a cure  WTVY, Dothan

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Remembering, with great humor, a fallen colleague  Port St. Joe Star

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Bring your sense of humor: Participatory art show opens Saturday in Port Angeles  Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Officially the title is just “Bench,” but this odd art piece has picked up some nicknames.

Pelosi Takes Advantage of Trump’s Storming Out of Oval Office to Hide Nuclear Codes  The New Yorker

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, took advantage of Donald Trump's storming out of an Oval Office meeting on ...

A local feature film focused on the humor of a missed Mother’s Day on Coast Live  WTKR News 3

We talk to director Butch Maier and actor Lamont Ferguson about the Mother's Day comedy filmed right here in Hampton Roads.

Kristina Kuzmic Brings The Hope And Humor Tour to the Aronoff Center  Broadway World

Internet celebrity and acclaimed parenting vlogger, Kristina Kuzmic is coming to the Aronoff Center's Procter & Gamble Hall on Thursday, July 11 at 8:00 PM for a ...

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