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Theatrical Comedy

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  1. Theatrical Comedy Comedy

  2. Comedy • Comedy- is a word that Greeks and Romans confined to descriptions of stage plays with happy endings. • In the Middle Ages, the term expanded to include narrative poems with happy endings and a lighter tone. • As time passed, the word came more and more to be associated with any sort of performance intended to cause laughter.

  3. Characteristics of Comedy:Why is this funny? • The reasons comedy makes us laugh has been defined with the following characteristics: • Surprise • Incongruity • Conflict • Repetitiveness • Opposite expectations

  4. Surprise

  5. Incongruity

  6. Conflict “Conflict usually leads to some sort of physical or emotional pain. Since it's not happening to us then we feel good about laughing at someone else.”- Sterling Barnes

  7. Repetitiveness “OOOh be-have!” “YEEAAH BABY!”

  8. Opposite Expectations

  9. Other Types of Comedy: • Parody • Dark comedy • vulgar humor, sexual humor, and race humor (creates comedy by violating social conventions or taboos in comedic ways) • Comedy of manners (basically Seinfeld) • Romantic Comedy