Comedy • Farce: a light, humorous play in which the plot depends upon a skillfully exploited situation rather than upon the development of character • Comedy of Manners: A comedy satirizing the attitudes and behavior of a particular social group, often of fashionable • Lampoon: a sharp, often harsh satire directed against an individual or institution; a work of literature, art, or the like; ridiculing severely
Examples • Watch Example of Farce: “Delta Farce Trailer” • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeWwcTKO64g • Watch Example of Comedy of Manners: “Borat at Lunch downright funny!!!” • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhnFRsXn8Mw • Watch Example of Lampoon: “Yankees Building New Vacation Stadium In The Hamptons” • http://bit.ly/fcZ6EO • http://www.onionsportsnetwork.com/video/yankees-building-new-vacation-stadium-in-the-hampt,14271/
Type II Quick Write… • Come up with three examples of how The Importance of Being Earnest can fit into the categories of “farce,” “lampoon,” and “comedy of manners.” Write your answer in a complete and well-developed paragraph. • Then, tell me which category you believe the play best fits into and why.