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Conclusion
‘You had to be there’
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Comedy has been intrinsically important in the development, influence and impact of radio, film and television. Its importance for these media industries and its role in their construction of cultural landscape are clearly linked at all stages of their symbiotic development. Digital technology opens up a treasure chest of past and contemporary comedy and offers new platforms for comedy. The expansion of digital media has both stimulated and served the appetite with specialist television channels and radio stations carrying comedy classics whose appeal seems not to diminish. The ability to distinguish a range of comic devices, to understand their relationship to narrative, and appreciate a variety of comic modes, deepens our understanding and enjoyment of comedy, enabling us to make distinctions and evaluations.

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Laughing matters

Understanding film, television and radio comedy

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