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Transcript of Comedy
Major comedy sub-genres:
- Funny person
- Not funny person (makes the funny person look even funnier)
- The crazy person
- The one who‟is always up for a good time
- The boring person
Settings can be anywhere for a comedy film but, some settings contradict the fact that it's a comedy.
What is Comedy?
The professional entertainment consisting of jokes and satirical sketches, intended to make an audience laugh
The attire in comedy movies varies depending on the sub-genre it falls into
Dramedy- A movie such as
Death at a Funeral
, the actors would have more dark/ depressing clothes.
Action- Comedy- A movie such as
The Other Guys
, the actors would wear attire like cops
actors would wear costumes that make them look dead
Dialogue in comedy films is very general, meaning there's no specific say on what has to be said. Although, in some sub-genres there are some pretty basic lines.
5 basic structures of comedy movies:
1.Young lovers finally wed despite the obstacles;
2. Parody/ spoof;
This is the End
3. Narrative fiction;
4. Central character either chooses to perform or is forced to accept a difficult task; Animated features could be described this way.
Kung Fu Panda, Flushed Away, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs
5. the central figure who eventually discovers an error he has been comitting in the course of his life;
Karon Mayers-Marcus, Semya Andrews, Clarence Samuel
Props used in comedies can be;
- Water pistol
Black comedy- When comedians make fun of serious situations
Sarcasm- When a comedy act is used to make fun of another piece of work
Adage- Style of comedy that is hard to pull off
Irony- when a character intends to do one thing but ends up doing another
Alternative comedy- Style that defines the modern comedy antics popularized by sitcoms and movies
satire- Used to make a serious statement beyond funny antics and dialogues
Comparing Comedy Now and Then
Past Comedy Films
Comedy started appearing around the era of silent films in 1895.
With there being no sound or dialogue, it was hard to get across the point of the skit during these years(1895-1930)
Which is why back then they relied on slapstick and burlesque humor.
~Slapstick Humor: Comedy based on violence; fighting scenes and chase scenes
~Burlesque Humor: Theatrical humor; skits and poradies
present comedy films
Example of slapstick comedy (below)
"Lenny Feder: Mama, I didn't know the Elephant
Man lived in your shoe.
Kurt McKenzie: How in the world's anybody supposed to get some sleep knowing they're
under the same roof as Toe-be Bryant over here?"