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The Joke Book


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Barry Cryer explores the history of the joke book from the earliest surviving compilation - the ancient Greek Philogelos - to the present-day online system of sharing jokes on the internet, via the 18th-century Joe Miller book and the works of Larry Wilde and Robert Orben.
Pius a load of great jokes - more than you can shake a non-PC stick at! With contributions from Michael Mclntyre , Rob Manuel , Brad Ashton ,
Larry Wilde , Robert Orben , Laurie Bellew , Jack Seaton , Mark Brisenden and Hattie Hayridge. Producers Neil Rosser and Michael Pointon


Unknown: Barry Cryer
Unknown: Greek Philogelos
Unknown: Joe Miller
Unknown: Larry Wilde
Unknown: Robert Orben.
Unknown: Michael McLntyre
Unknown: Rob Manuel
Unknown: Brad Ashton
Unknown: Larry Wilde
Unknown: Robert Orben
Unknown: Laurie Bellew
Unknown: Jack Seaton
Unknown: Mark Brisenden
Unknown: Hattie Hayridge.
Producers: Neil Rosser
Producers: Michael Pointon

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