http://www.history.com/minisite.do?...t_type_id=57883&display_order=3&mini_id=57887 In this two hour special, we'll go on a journey to find the world's oldest jokes beginning with Ancient Greece where there was a comedians' club called the Group of Sixty that met in the temple of Heracles to trade wisecracks. One of the Greeks' favorites: making fun of Pericles's onion shaped head. Then we'll travel to Ancient Rome and hear from the oldest surviving joke book, the 4th century Philogelos. These amusements include the same characters we laugh about today--drunks, cheapskates, loose women, misogynistic men and the maligned neighboring ethnic group (in this case the Abdurites). From Rome, we travel to the Vatican and hear from the first European joke book. Collected by Poggio during the Renaissance, much of his material came out of a comedy club in the Vatican called the Bugiale--the "fib factory." Here, papal scribes would gather at the end of a tedious day spent drafting bulls, dispensations, and encyclicals to shoot the breeze and tell scandalous stories. There are fat, drunk and bodily-function jokes straight out of the raunchiest American film. We'll also explore jokes from wartime, often used to belittle the enemy and make fun of inept politicians. Comedian Patton Oswald told a typical joke heard at the end of the war in Nazi Germany: Hitler and Göring are standing on top of Berlin's radio tower. Hitler says he wants to do something to cheer up the people of Berlin. "Why don't you just jump?" suggests Göring. The joke may not be funny, but it was deadly. The Berlin munitions worker who told it was reported to authorities and executed. "The History of The Joke" is hosted by a well known comedian, Lewis Black.