And the list of people interviewed for the docu-series is impressive it includes Judd Apatow, Sen. Al Franken, Margaret Cho, Samantha Bee, Kathy Griffin, George Lopez, Keegan-Michael Key, Dick Gregory, Patton Oswalt, Dick Cavett, Ali Wong and W. Kamau Bell.
What the producers set out to do was put together "a little bit of a different treatment on comedy," said executive producer Todd Milliner. "There's so much heart in this series that you end up a little winded on a couple of these episodes. Especially the dark side. You realize that a lot of comedy comes from pain. A lot of times comedy and heart make each other better."
"We called it 'The History of Comedy,' but we should have called it 'A Serious Look at Comedy,' " Herzog said. "It really is a serious look at comedy. You laugh, but you also know where the joke came from."
Elsewhere on TV …
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• "Superstore" (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Amy and Glenn learn what happens when you try to force love; Jonah tries to catch a shoplifter.
• "MasterChef Junior" (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): After being split into four groups, the kids get started.
• "Supernatural" (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Sam enlists Rowena's help to track down a powerful family of witches after Dean gets hit by a spell that is erasing his memory.
• "Project Runway Junior" (7 and 9 p.m., Lifetime): The designers must create an editorial look inspired by street art murals.
• Women's college basketball: Pepperdine at BYU (7 p.m., BYUtv); Washington State at Utah (7 p.m., P12N)
• Men's college basketball: Washington State at Utah (7 p.m., P12N); San Francisco at BYU (9 p.m., ESPNU)
• NBA (7 p.m., ROOT): Utah Jazz at Dallas Mavericks
• "The Great Indoors" (7:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Jack insults Brooke's fiancé at the couple's re-engagement party.
• "Powerless" (7:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Emily's team is obsessed with Fantasy Super Hero League;.
• "Mom" (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): When Bonnie connects with a handsome stranger, Christy worries that she's jeopardizing her relationship with Adam.
• "Scandal" (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Cyrus' fate is sealed in the midst of a national crisis.
• "Chicago Med" (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Dr. Rhodes persuades Dr. Latham to accompany him on a medical trip out of town; an 8-year-old cancer patient wants to give up his battle; a woman with a personality disorder complicates a case.
• "My Kitchen Rules" (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Andrew Dice Clay vs. Lance Bass at Kelly Osbourne's house.
• "Riverdale" (8 p.m., CW/Ch 30): Cheryl, under a cloud of suspicion, is forced to come clean about the last time she saw her brother; Archie makes a decision that puts a major strain on his relationship with Miss Grundy.
• "Portlandia" (8 p.m., IFC): Carrie looks for a new friend; Jill tries a radical diet; Drew and Andy host a film festival.
• "Lip Sync Battle" (8 p.m., Spike): NBA player DeAndre Jordan vs actress Sarah Hyland.
• "Life in Pieces" (8:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): When Greg and Jen hire a private chef (Molly Shannon) to cook for them on Valentine's Day; Matt and Colleen try to adopt a dog; John and Joan attempt to buy a classic car; and Sophia gets a necklace from a boy, much to the chagrin of Heather and Tim,
• "Training Day" (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Kyle is concerned that Frank's rogue tactics will put a kidnapped girl's life at risk.
• "How to Get Away with Murder" (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The prosecution tries to bring a new charge against Annalise.
• "The Blacklist" (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The Task Force tries to find a sophisticated criminal who has been targeting Red's businesses.
• "Top Chef" (10 p.m., Bravo): The final four chefs cook impromptu dishes while simultaneously instructing mystery partners on how to create the same dish;.
• "Colony" (11 p.m., USA): Will returns to an unfamiliar workplace; Broussard makes a discovery about the Wall.
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