Tony Law's Surreal Guide To Surreal Comedy


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Tony Law looks at surrealism in comedy, with archive material from Monty Python and more.

Absurdist comedian Tony Law takes us on a journey through the twists and turns of surrealism in comedy, with rare interviews from Gerard Hoffnung, Monty Python sketches, and a first outing on 4 Extra for Chris Morris and Peter Cook's "Why Bother?".

Helping Tony make sense of it all: Historian Mary Beard talks about the oldest surviving joke book; comedian Sean Hughes remembers Elvis the talking spider; comedy writer Robert Popper confesses to a prank call about Gordon Brown that got slightly out of hand; and writer Will Self renders the entire exercise practically pointless by asking us to be clearer about what the word surrealism actually means.

Is the world becoming more surreal? Have the targets of surrealism changed?

ToneZone, as he insists the producer calls him, investigates.