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Transcript of COMEDY
Greek comedy was a popular and influential form of theatre performed across ancient Greece from the 6th century BCE.
Despite nearly 3000 years of separating the 2, Greek comedy is almost identical to
Although innovations occurred, a comedy play followed a conventional structure. Dressed to impress, their costumes could represent anything from giant bees with huge stingers to knights riding another man in imitation of a horse or even a variety of kitchen utensils.
- Physical humor or slapstick•
- The characters are often vain, neurotic or silly•
- The plays often have a twist
Greek Comedy displayed...
the same irreverence
the same criticism
the same subtle moralizing
the same tendency toward toilet humor
that characterizes South Park
Popular entertainment composed of jokes, satire, or humorous performance.
- used to criticize an act by using ridicule or sarcasm
- the comedies during greek time would mock celebrities and/or any idea they hate and poke fun at them. They would portray them as looking selfish and stupid.
- GREEK COMEDY
- SHAKESPEAREAN COMEDY
- MODERN COMEDY
- WHY COMEDY IS USED
- HOW IT EFFECTS THE AUDIENCE
Common features of Shakespeare comedies
- Comedy through language
; Shakespeare communicated his comedy through language and his comedy plays are peppered with clever word play, metaphors and insults.
The most comedies Shakespeare wrote are labeled "Romantic Comedy". The theme of love is consistent in every Shakespeare comedy. Often presented with sets of lovers who, through the course of the play, overcome the obstacles in their relationship and unite.
: The plot line of a Shakespeare comedy contains more twists and turns than his tragedies and histories. Although the plots are strange, they do follow similar patterns. For example, the climax of the play always occurs in the third act and the final scene has a celebratory feel when the lovers finally declare their love for each other.
Greek comedy is divided into Old, Middle, and New Comedy.
- Old Comedy (archaia)
- Middle Comedy (mese)
- New Comedy (nea)
Due to the restricted number of actors then, each performer had to take on multiple roles which involved fast changes of costume and the use of recognizable character masks.
To maintain their comic touch, the plays also give an indirect but invaluable insight into Greek society in general and provide details on the workings of political institutions, legal systems, religious practices, education,
WHY IS COMEDY USED?
HOW DOES IT EFFECT THE AUDIENCE?
There is no simple answer to why something is funny... Something is funny because it captures a moment, it contains an element of simple truth, it is something that we have always known for eternity and yet are hearing it now out loud for the first time.
Why is something funny?
1. ...It is expected
2. ...it is unexpected
3. ...it is familiar
4. ...it is unfamiliar
To make a joke about a topical or political situation demonstrates a knowledge of the situation and also an insightful ability to look at things in a different perhaps socially intelligent way.
Also comedy is a good way of disguising emotions ex, embarrassment and/or shyness.
Funny Newspaper Headlines
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It seems that by the end of medieval period, the attitudes had changed and comedy was a legitimate and important genre of literature and film.
In a farce you might expect to see:
- Themes in a comic
- Word play and witty banter way•
- A fast paced plot that increases to a frantic - speed as the play continues•
Farce - are highly exaggerated, extravagant, and improbable
sophomoric humor aka "Juvenile Comedy". Comedy that would normally be expected from an adolescent. Includes bathroom and sexual humor and gags that are based on and appeal to a silly sense of immaturity.
"COMEDY IS NOT SCIENCE. IT IS ART."
Comedy also a good form of distraction. To laugh at your self or the situation before others do is a good way of ensuring you don't look like a fool.
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