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With a blend of social history, interview and comedy performance, this series explores the maturation of Australian comedy, unpicking our cultural cringe, poking fun at our national identity, confronting hard truths and uncovering our taboos with our greatest weapon – our ability to laugh at ourselves. Narrated by Eric Bana, the series charts the development of Australian comedy through social and political change. It explores the way humour has reflected and responded to multicultural Australia, gender issues, and politics. Each episode moves seamlessly back and forward through time, weaving contemporary comedy with early comedic performance, featuring over 50 interviews with the men and women who make us laugh.

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Series listing
Stop Laughing...This Is Serious series 1
Stop Laughing...This Is Serious series 2 2016
Stephen Oliver
Ruth Cullen  Stephen Oliver
Ruth Cullen  Stephen Oliver
Executive Producers
Jennifer Collins
Dir. of Photography
Aaron Smith
Barry Humphries - Paul Hogan - Judith Lucy - Andrew Denton - John Clarke - Tim Minchin - Noeline Brown - Denise Scott - Magda Subanski - Kevin Kropinyeri - Jane Turner - Mick Molloy - Wendy Harmer - Julia Zemiro - Chris Taylor - John Safran - Nazeem Hussain - Dave Hughes - Sean Choolburra - Shaun Micallef - Rod Quantock - Mary Keneally - Tom Ballard - Adam Hills - Rove - Tony Martin - Craig Reucassel - Graeme Bond - Garry McDonald - Sue Ingleton - John Doyle & Greig Pickhaver - Richard Fidler - Paul McDermott - Tim Ferguson - Frank Woodley - Colin Lane
Production Completion
Art and culture
Production Company
Screentime Pty Limited
Australian Sales
ABC Commercial
International Sales
ABC Commercial

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