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Film Studies: Unit 8 - Comedy
Transcript of Film Studies: Unit 8 - Comedy
Characters are Reunited
Disguises are Revealed
(except for Antigonus in A Winter's Tale, who gets chased off of the stage by a bear in Act III)
Love & Good Triumph
DEUS EX MACHINA
(That's Latin for "God from the Machine")
A "miracle" solution when some new event, character, ability, or object solves a seemingly unsolvable problem in a sudden, unexpected way.
(a.k.a. the "it's a miracle" cop-out ending)
Vaudeville and The Borscht Belt
Comics honed their craft while touring the resorts in the Catskill Mountains in Upstate NY
(Which often means marriage)
OLD GREEK COMEDY
NEW GREEK COMEDY
ANCIENT GREEK THEATRE
these performances address complex emotions, human faults, dreams, and broader universal themes.
used to describe happy plays, jokes and songs that make fun of, mock, or satirize the conventions of society .
THE MARX BROTHERS
LAUREL & HARDY
ABBOT & COSTELLO
THE THREE STOOGES
William "Bud" Abbott and Lou Costello (born Louis Francis Cristillo)
Vaudeville, Radio and Film (1940s-1950s)
Pioneers of early slapstick comedy (1930s-1940s)
Career spanned 75 years
Created "The Tramp" character
One of the first true worldwide celebrities
Englishman Stan Laurel
American Oliver Hardy
Critically and commercially acclaimed
Legends of early film comedy (1905-1949)
Wordplay, screwball, and slapstick
Physical comedy with a deadpan expression
THE GOLDEN AGE OF COMEDY
What makes something
Inversion of expectations, flip of gender roles, battle of the sexes.
Physical comedy that exceeds the bounds of common sense
Comedy arising from a familiar cast of characters set in the same situation
Laughter induced by watching others clowning
in physical pain or distortion
Laughing as characters navigate the obstacles of a romantic relationship
Poking fun at disturbing subjects, inappropriate moments for humor
Character comedy, cringe comedy, Deadpan comedy, Insult comedy, Observational comedy, Prop comedy, Stand-up comedy, etc. etc. etc.
Tonight's Homework: Watch and analyze a comedy great. Turn In your findings on Edmodo.
"all of us together are funnier than any of us apart."
writers work in teams (about a dozen at a time) to brainstorm, draft, write, and revise weekly episodic television
teams of comedians who perform in live venues (touring or in-residence) to present sketch comedy and improv.
hired comedians brought in during the script revision stage to read the script and add jokes and "trailer"-ready one-liners.
Comedy arising from implausible situations and things that defy logic
Comedy done with a "wink" to the audience, breaking the fourth wall
Humor that involves crude language and sexual content.
Catskills comics had to work clean.
Las Vegas comics could "work blue."
Will Ferrell Jim Carrey Chevy Chase
Vaudevilles The Three Stooges
Silent Film Comedy
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" "Some Like It Hot"
"Futurama" The Marx Brothers
"Friends" "Cheers" "The Big Bang Theory"
"The Jerk" "Tosh.0" "The Daily Show"
"This Is The End"
"Death to Smoochy"
COMEDY COMES FROM THE
COMEDY COMES FROM THE
Through the 1970s
What's your favorite FUNNY moment or scene in film/television?
4. CALLBACK JOKE
The premise or "normal" pattern
Inverts expectations / breaks pattern
Inverts or jokes about the punchline again
3. TAG (TOPPER)
Saturday Night Live
More than any other genre,