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Transcript of Comedy Symposium
Megan Adams Sitcom Comedy Character Comedy The Importance of a Character What is Character
Comedy? Final Thoughts Top Sitcoms of
All Time Early Sitcoms
1940-1970 Recent Sitcoms
1980s-current Slapstick History Historical Examples Slapstick Comedy Slapstick (an italian word battacio) was a prop used in the Commedia dell'Arte in Italy.
It is a classic form of physical comedy that knows no gender
Perhaps oldest form of humor
Early days of cinema (1910, 1920s) did not have sound
Emphasis on visual comedic effects
known as sight gags
Slipping on a banana peel, getting splashed with water or paint, falling into the mud (early silent films) Ben Turpin is credited with taking the first cinematic "pie-in-the-face" in the short film "Mr Flip" in 1909
In 1913 Mabel Normand (became the "Queen of Comedy") who worked under contract to Mack Sennett (who later became lovers) became the recipient of a blueberry 'pie-in-the-face'.
'Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
ironically, he and Mabel both ended their careers with scandal (murder scandals at that)
1914-Charlie Chaplin joined the senate company
Buster Keaton Slapstick slowly started to become more and more advanced, with sounds not only of the people speaking but with special effects.
Today, slapstick comedy is based on multiple genres. The most popular right now with so many graphic design students is animation.
There is always a use of a "loser" character in slapstick...this is the person who normally falls on his/her feet due to foolishness Imagine if?
comedic relevance Character development
Character traits Kristina Tyma Austin Krueger Example: Sheldon Cooper Example: Blue-Collar Comedy Example: Bill Cosby Example: Roseanne Citations Thompson, Steve. (2007). The importance of characters when writing comedy. http://voices.yahoo.com/the-importance-characters-writing-comedy-456132.html?cat24
Rodriguez, Gene. Types of comedy. http://www.life123.com/arts-culture/cinema/comedies/types-of-comedy.shtml The Award for Best Comedy Goes to... Topical Comedy Character Comedy Slapstick Comedy Sitcom Comedy CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Development of Slapstick Comedy Top 10 Slapstick Movies of All Time Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Gold Rush
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
History of the World--Part 1 Current Comedians Known for their Slapstick Comedy Melissa McCarthy
SNL Crew Films known for their Slapstick Comedy The Three Stooges
The Pink Panther movies
George of the Jungle Television Shows known for Slapstick Comedy Lucille Ball
The Muppet Show
The Benny Hill Show Animations known for Slapstick Comedy Tom and Jerry
Ed, Edd n Eddy Sitcoms on the Radio Sitcoms of the 1940s and 1950s Fantasy in the 1960s Sitcoms of the 1960s Sitcoms of the 1970s More from the 1970s All in the Family Sitcoms of the 1980s Another Approach Roseanne Sitcoms of the 1990s Story Arcs 21st Century Sitcoms exaggeration of character traits
stereotypes Citations Wagner, K. (2011). "Have women a sense of humor?" Comedy and femininity in early twentieth-century film. Velvet light trap: A critical journal of film & television, (68), 35-46.
King, R. (2011). ''The spice of the program'': Educational pictures, Early sound slapstick, And the small-town audience. Film history, 23(3), 313-330.
Gourley, C. (2011). "The art of slapstick: A brief history of slapstick humor. (1-2)
The best slapstick movies of all time read. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.flickchart.com/Charts.aspx?genre=slapstick WHO WAS THE QUEEN OF SLAPSTICK COMEDY?