Comedy Device / Literary Term / Definition / Description
- Freudian Slip
Comedy Genres / Definition / Description
1. STAND UP / One comic stands in front of an audience and tells quick, fast- paced, humorous stories that are usually connected to current events.
2. SITUATIONAL / More commonly known as “Sitcoms.” These routines exaggerate the humor found within the home or workplace. They originally started with radio but became extremely popular with the introduction of the television.
3. DRAMEDY / A coined word to describe instances of combining humor with serious events.
4. SATIRE / Comedy that represents actual events or individuals in a humorous way often meant to point out flaws and to induce change.
5. FARCE / A type of comedy in which ridiculous and often stereotyped characters are involved in far-fetched situations. The humor in farce is based on slapstick.
6. SLAPSTICK / A form in which actors use deliberately clumsy and/or exaggerated physical actions to prompt silly responses.
7. IMPROVISATION / More commonly known as “improv.” This style challenges actors to quickly react to suggestions given to them by an independent source.
dell’ Arte / A type of comedy developed in 16th and 17th century Italy, characterized by improvised text based on plot outlines (scenarios).
Using sexually challenging language and physical comedy, Commedia pokes fun at elements of society’s respectable values by means of exaggerated styles and insightful character traits.
Featured stock characters =
Pantaloon: rich, miserly old man; thinks everything can be bought or sold
Capitano or Braggart: never from the town where the story is set, so he’s able to seem high status; arrogant
Arlecchino or Harlequin: servant; intelligent, but his plans rarely work out
Il Dottore: of high social status; wordy
Innamorati (Lovers): high social status, but seem low b/c of their infatuation; young, attractive, naive