Comedy has been around for many centuries and will continue to live on for much longer. Old comedy inside of Ancient Greece was commonly shown through Fantasy, satire and parody as well as others. Comedy was most popular in the plays of Aristophanes c.448 B.C.-c.388 B.C., who was a Greek playwright and Athenian comic poet who was the greatest ancient writer of comedy. Comedy was later adapted into Roman culture as they took over.
A newer, different form of comedy had begun during mid-4th cent. B.C. Many of the plays and comics then written where often romantic and less like what it was much earlier as the old comedy lost its popularity.
Medieval Drama, Court Jester
A Court Jester also knows as The Fool is an entertainer that was present during the medieval and Renaissance eras. His job was commonly to to entertain a nobleman and his guests (according to wikipedia). They often make comedic remarks about Love, personal identity as well as other important or relevant issues in a entertaining way.
These two photos show a commonly worn outfit the court jesters wore to entertain.
Renaissance Comics (Shakespearean plays)
Shakespearean lays where often seen in four. Comedies, Histories and Tragedies and romances. Humour is a large part in shakespearean plays, however is not the main point of it. Elements in each play are often notices throughout them, the ways they are not alike however are also a point of analysis and interesting. In English class we are currently reading ‘A midsummer Night’s Dream’ about love, tragedies and solutions. Shakespearean plays are also often hinted about what will happen in the next part.
On the Left side is William Shakespeare and on the right is the play A MidSummer Night’s Dream.
Melodrama’s often include very strong stereotyping characters to create emotion and feelings to exaggerate what is happening. It has been used in many different formats since the 18th century and still being used today. The term came from a french word which according to this was derived from Greek melos. Melodrama has characters based of from sterotypes of personality. This commonly includes these 6 Characters.
- A Hero
- A Heroine
- A villain
- A cillain’s accomplice
- A faithful servant
- A maids servant
These are all the stock characters used in mellow dramas to show each individual character as well as their personality.
Clowns have existed for super long periods of times. Not how we know them today, but they did exist to make others laugh. In Ancient Egypt, ‘clowns’ where used to entertain Royal Families. The fool (according to website) often wore a hood that had donkey ears and a tail. He wore it to show not to be taken to seriously. Eventually the outfits changed and it turnedinto a three-pointed hat with bells at the end of it.
Charlie Chaplin was a very popular silent actor. He was born in 1989 and died in 1977 appearing and directing in 25 films. The silent film period lasted from 1894 uo until about 1930. It is used for entertainment and amusement purposes, however many people still watch silent films today but they are not as common.
These are some interesting things about comedy, I used to not know that comedy came from such a long time ago but now I realize how it really is awesome and a part of humans.
Denton, Jaques Snider. The System of Shakespeare’s Dramas. St. Louis: G. T. Jones and Company, 1877.Shakespeare Online. 20 Aug. 2009. < http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/elementsofcomedy.html >.
“Elements of Melodrama: From Early Theater to the Modern Soap Opera.” Study.com. Heather Carroll, n.d. Web. 06 June 2016.