History of Comedy

The word comedy originated from the Greek word κωμῳδία kōmōidía. The word comedy meant stage plays with happy ending. 


Timeline of Comedy 

425 BCE

Comedy started because of this guy named Aristophanes. He wrote about 40 plays.Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 20.29.10

16th Century

Then in the Shakespeare started to make a bit more modern comedy. His comedy routine still had happy endings but it involved marriages between the unmarried characters. This was when Mr. Punch was first made. Mr-Punch-by-Guy-HigginsThis was when Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel and Dan Leno. imgresThis is a photo of Charlie Chaplin.

This was also when clowning started. At this time the clowns did not have a real part in the play. The clown just kept on continuing the jokes and the tricks. With the help of Shakespeare clowns started to have more parts during the play. The role of the clowns were to ease the tension.

18th Century

Melodrama is a drama has very exaggerated plot and characters. This helps create emotion. They mostly have stereotypical characters. Melodrama was mostly based on Good VS. Evil. Melodrama still exists in the current days.

20th century

The T.V was invented and comedy became more and more popular though silent comedy films. The film Mr. Bean became very famous. url


Work cited

“History of Clowns.” All About Clowns. N.p., 2009. Web. 31 May 2016. <http://www.allaboutclowns.com/history.html>.

“Melodrama.” Theatre Links. N.p., 2016. Web. 31 May 2016. <http://www.theatrelinks.com/melodrama/>.

“Comedy.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 31 May 2016. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comedy>. 


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