But seriously, folks… Exploring the Different Types of Comedy Mr. Carmona New for 2013!
Anecdotes • Anecdotes are nothing but narration of interesting humorous events, which can be used to make the audience laugh. • “Two guys walk into a bar… • “I was on my way to the grocery store when… • You get the idea
Banter • What can be funnier than passing witty remarks and indulging in some harmless teasing? Banter is a form of comedy that includes all this and much more! • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0xgjUhEG3U
Blue Humor/Off-Color Humor • There is a thin line between blue-humor and vulgarity. Blue humor is based on subjects like body parts or sex.
Blunder • This is a genre of humor, which involves a character or a comedian making foolish mistakes, which seem humorous to others. • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_utzLojCIE
Burlesque • This is a form of satire, since Burlesque comedy involves ridiculing any basic style of speech or even writing. Burlesque is theatrical entertainment of broad and parodic humor, which usually involves comic skits. It is said to have originated from the Italian Commedia dell'arte.
Black Humor/Dark Comedy • Black humor or dark comedy often refers to the juxtaposition of morbid and farcical elements to create a disturbing effect. Black comedy, is a sub-genre of comedy and satire where grave topics like death, rape, murder, marital affair, human annihilation or domestic violence are treated in a satirical manner. • Voltaire's Candideis an excellent example.
Commedia dell'arte • Commedia dell'arte is an Italian style comedy of the 16th to 18th centuries improvised from standardized situations and stock characters. Commedia dell’arte includes themes like adultery, jealousy, old age, and love. Many of the basic plot elements of Commedia dell'arte can be traced back to the Roman comedies of Plautus and Terence, while some of these were translations of lost Greek comedies of the fourth century BC. • Sitcoms like Frasier and Everybody Loves Raymond utilize some of these elements. • Click the title of this slide for more information on the stock characters of this comedic element…if you want.
Caricature • Caricature involves exaggerated portrayal of a person’s mental, physical, or personality traits in wisecrack form. Caricatures can be insulting, complimentary, political or can be drawn solely for entertainment too. • Our animated comedies are chock full of caricatures.
The Catch Tale • A catch tale is basically a funny story that messes up the reader or listener by implying an awful ending and then stopping with an abrupt declaration. • Probably Monty Python’s The Holy Grail fits here.
Freudian Slip • A Freudian slip is nothing but a funny statement, which seems to just pop out from the comedian, but actually comes from the person’s subconscious thoughts. This is just like funny things said unintentionally owing to slip-of-the-tongue.
Farce/Travesty • A comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations is termed as farce or travesty. A farce is a comedy style, which aims to entertain the audience by means of unlikely, improbable and extravagant situations, disguise and mistaken identity, verbal humor of varying degrees of sophistication. It can include sexual innuendo and word play, or a fast-paced plot whose speed usually increases, culminating in an ending that often involves an elaborate chase scene. Farce is also characterized by physical humor and the use of deliberate absurdity or nonsense. • British humor and plays—Alan Ackbourn, Harold Pinter, etc.
Gallows Humor • Gallows humor is a type of humor which arises from traumatic or life-threatening situations such as wartime events, mass murder, hostilities or in other situations where death is impending and unavoidable. This genre is similar to black comedy but, the only difference is that the comedy is created by the victim.
High Comedy • High comedy refers to a sophisticated comedy, often satirizing genteel society. In Elizabethan times, these comedies were called academic plays or court comedies, and an example would be Love’s Labours Lost. • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npjOSLCR2hE
Parody • Parody is defined as a work created to mock, comment on, or poke fun at an original work, its subject, or author, by means of humorous or satiric imitation. Parody is nothing but a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, in a humorous way. • SNL is satire and parody
Practical Comedy • A practical joke or prank is a stunt or trick to purposely make someone feel foolish or victimized, usually for humor. • Again, the physical comedy of the Three Stooges fits as does Laurel and Hardy.
Repartee • Witty comebacks, clever replies and droll retorts are all comic repartees. • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5-8rmiYPvw
Satire • Satire is defined as a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own. Satire is a branch of comedy, which makes use of witty language to convey insults or scorn. In satire, human or individual vices, follies, abuses, or shortcomings are held up to reprimand by means of ridicule, burlesque, derision, irony, or other methods. Although satire is usually meant to be funny, the purpose of satire is not primarily humor, but an attack on something or some subject the author strongly disapproves of. • http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-january-3-2012/indecision-2012---romspringa---rick-santorum-s-surge?xrs=share_copy
Slapstick Comedy • Slapstick humor is a boisterous form of comedy with chases, collisions and practical jokes where people just do silly things such as tripping, falling over or embarrassing themselves just to make people laugh. • Chaplin
Wisecrack • A witty remark about a particular person or thing that is thrown in at a perfect timing, at the spur of the moment, is known as a wisecrack. • Bonus: what other kind of comedy is going on here?