Humour Comedy Unit

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Humour Comedy Unit

  1. 1. Year 10 English Elective – Semester 2 Mrs Annabel Harris
  2. 2.  What is laughter?  What prompts us to laugh ?  What is comedy?  How is comedy performed?
  3. 3.  The pretentious
  4. 4.  Healing activity to help us feel better
  5. 5.  From embarrassment, pain or fear  E.g. Bawdy humour  Political correctness
  6. 6.  Slapstick  Physical comedy  Social and Political Satire  Daily observational comedy  Sit-coms  Stand-up  One-off jokes
  7. 7.  USA Superbowl commercial
  8. 8.  "When you look at Australians being funny, being amused by others, swapping blonde jokes or talking about their favourite comedies on tv, you see...their bodies are energised, their eyes are alight...Faced by a huge continent, so alien and desolate, knocked around by droughts and bushfires and floods, early immigrants responded with comedy. It helped the society to survive and eventually prosper." John Marsden
  9. 9.  The Chasers
  10. 10.  Main purpose to attack some fault, pretension or hypocrisy by a person, society or nation. Aims to reveal abuses and ridicule them.  Works through exaggeration  Analogy (ridiculous equivalent to real-life)  Reversal
  11. 11.  Inappropriateuse of confusing words which look or sound the same  Kim: I just want to be effluent  Kath: You are effluent, Kim
  12. 12.  Easilyrecognised characters  The audience pre-judge and will either approve or disapprove  View satire of High School stereotypes after watching “Clueless”
  13. 13.  One person with a microphone  Anecdotes, story with gags, series of jokes  Relies on charm, skill and confidence of performer and reaction of audience

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