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Media research!

  1. 1. Media Research!
  2. 2. What is Comedy? Sub Genres: Comedy film Definition: light and humorous drama with a happy • Anarchic comedy film ending. • Gross-out film • Parody film • Romantic comedy film Comedy Films are "make 'em laugh" films • Screwball comedy film designed to bring about laughter from the • Slapstick film audience. Comedies are light-hearted dramas, made to amuse, entertain, and provoke enjoyment. The comedy genre humorously exaggerates the situation, the language, action, and characters. Comedies observe the Examples of comedy Films: deficiencies, foibles, and frustrations of life, • Big Momma’s House providing merriment and a momentary escape • Rush Hour from day-to-day life. They usually have happy • Men in Black endings, although the humour may have a • A guy thing serious or pessimistic side. • Meet the fockers
  3. 3. Comedies? • Comedies usually come in two general formats: ‘comedian-led’ and ‘situation-comedies’ that are told within a narrative. • Both comedy elements may appear together and/or overlap. Comedy hybrids commonly exist with other major genres, such as musical-comedy, horror-comedy, and comedy-thriller. • Comedies have also been classified in various subgenres, such as romantic comedy, crime/caper comedy, sports comedy, teen or coming-of-age comedy, social-class comedy, military comedy, fish-out-of-water comedy, and gross-out comedy.
  4. 4. The 30s Clowns • With the coming of sound, slapstick went into a bit of a decline and the flexible freedom of the earliest comedians was curtailed. Comedy was transformed, however, and began to be refined as an art form, with new themes, elements, and written characterizations, and comedic humor was now being derived from clever dialogue. • Visual comedy remained strong throughout the 1930s, but now witty dialogue and verbal comedy were added. Some of the great comedians or teams, including Laurel and Hardy, the Three Stooges, the Marx Brothers, and Abbott and Costello, or individuals such as radio star Jack Benny, Eddie Cantor, Joe E. Brown, W. C. Fields, and Mae West emerged. • Hal Roach's company was responsible for other ground-breaking comedy shorts during the 1930s, including the popular "Our Gang" series that lasted until 1944.

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