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It doesn’t shy away from forging connections between philosophy and ordinary life. Which is the essence of stand-up comedy

By Bill Bailey  

Illustration by Bill McConkey

An Intimate History of Humanity by Theodore Zeldin

When I was in the sitcom Black Books, we were surrounded on set by all sorts of real books: I remember one called How to Play Darts, mainly filled with pictures of a pudgy bloke about to throw. But among the shelves there, I never chanced on anything quite as inspiring as something my manager Maggie recommended some 20 years ago when I was touring Australia: Theodore Zeldin’s An Intimate History of Humanity from 1994.…

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