Friday, 9 October 2015

The Comedy Genre

WHAT IS COMEDY?
uComedy is a film, play, or television programme intended to make an audience laugh.
uThere are many sub genres of comedy and each has its own characteristics and humour
uComedy can also link into completely different genres. For instance animation, family and even action movies sometimes contain elements of comedy throughout the films.

uComedy is one of the most popular genres in the world because it has a positive effect on its audience. Its relaxing, enjoyable and entertaining.

COMEDY SUB GENRES
uAs said before, comedy has many sub genres, here are some of the most popular:
uRomantic comedy (rom com) ex. Love Actually
uMockumentary- ex. Borat
uParody- ex. Disaster Movie
uSpoof- ex. Tropic Thunder
uFamily Comedies- ex. ELF
uThere are also some less know genres like slapstick, School, Dark humour and comedy thrillers.
There is certainly a sub genre suited for everyone.

MY FAVOURITE COMEDIES
u1. ANCHORMAN- Stars Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd. About a news anchor trying to hit the big time. Hillarious and Ridiculous
u2. Hot Fuzz- Starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. A top police officer moves to the countryside and discovers his village is full of maniacs.
u3. Airplane. Real slapstick comedy, one of the most famous comedy films. Full of one liners and memorable quotes.
u4. Friends. The most consistently entertaining and enjoyable shows to have been made.
u5. The Office UK- Very unique show but also very well written with one of the best comedy plots I have seen.
How Comedy has Developed
uComedy started off as mainly slapstick in the 1800s. Most of the films were silent so directors relied of physical humour to bring the laughs
uComedy really took of through one of its pioneers; Charlie Chaplin.
uChaplin was born in 1889 and he made his first film in 1914. He self directed and wrote all his pieces and his career lasted over 75 years.
uHe was famous for his unique movements and acrobatics, using his body to create humour. However his humour was also quite natural. He would often wait for the environment around him to present him with an oppurtunity to get people laughing.

1930s-1950s
uAs we move into the early 1930s, Slapstick was slowly growing out of fashion as new technology meant that films could contain speaking.
uVerbal humour at the time consisted of innuendos, parodies and on screen puns
uOne of the first directors to use verbal humour was William Fields who was born in 1880. His most famous film was little Chikadee.
uComedy duo ‘Laurel and Hardy’ were also very popular at this time. They used more elaborate sets and storylines than previous comedies as well as using a combination of slapstick and verbal humour.
1960s-1980s
At this point, comedy became darker and somewhat serious in films.
There were more spoofs on real life events and spin offs from other tv shows. The leaders of the genre at this point were a group called Monty Python. One of the most famous actors being John Cleese.
There films were well written and consistently funny. A lot of there comedy was very surreal and did not make sense. Scenes were often not in a logical order.
For instance in one of there most famous films ‘Life of Brian’ which is based in biblical times, a man is randomly captured and sent up into space by aliens. The sheer strangeness makes it humorous. Life of Brian also built up a lot of controversy as it made fun of Jesus’ life and actions. For instance as Jesus is carrying the cross up the hill he asks a random stranger to carry it for him. The film was banned in 12 countries
1990s- present day
uComedies nowadays have big budgets and there are many huge stars coming out of the comedy genre.
uOne of the most popular comedy sub genres at the moment is Romantic Comedy. This is because people can relate to the situations they see on screen but unlike other sub genres, Rom Coms can have a deeper meaning to them.
uOne of the most famous being ‘love actually’ its all star cast and uniquely heart-warming story led it to be one of the highest grossing British films ever.
uSome of the biggest actors around today are comedians: Will Ferrell, Jim Carey, Kevin Hart and Jonah Hill

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