Comedy Timeline


In drama class we have been learning about comedy and I had to make a timeline/blog post about its history.

Comedy is and has been a big part in our daily lives and history. Because it has been such a great part of our history, it has originated very early and developed greatly to become even better and more famous.


Comedy all stared in ancient Greece about the 6th century before the year 0. Then there was only a very narrow amount of various styles and genres of comedy. One of the first comic artists was called Aristophanes, his work and style of comedy included things like saying things about politicians, philosophers and other (comic) artists. Furthermore, comedy was not only expressed and showed by live characters, but sometimes also it was also showed on objects such as pottery, on there there were drawings of people dressed like horses and dancers in excessive costumes. Furthermore comedy by Archilochus and (6th century before year 0) and Hipponax used poems about comedy which included alot of crude and sexual humour. Finally, there was also comedy in songs which were created by  a man called Aristotle which were mostly played during festivals.



Medieval comedy

In the middle ages comedy was kept t0 a minimum because of the church at that time, but comedy was still a major event at festivals and folk plays. In places like Italy and their style commedia dell’arte used a lot of silly expressions In their folk plays which was like in other countries one of the biggest sources of comedy at that time. Furthermore, comedy was kept on going by court jesters which were the clowns at that time. They were the clowns which entertained the King or other royal family member. They did their work in many different such as at dinner of if someone was sick so the clowns could make them feel better because of all the comedy used in the act.

Renaissance comics

The Renaissance had a different kind of comedy than we know today, for example, one of the main parts of a play was that made it comic was that there was a happy ending. One of the greatest playwrights of all time called Shakespeare lived during the Renaissance and has created many plays such as Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar which are still often-performed plays. A few elements of comedy that he used in his plays was Irony and embarrassment of the characters. This were the elements that he used in most of the plays he wrote.
Also in Italy comedy was a great part of all the plays and entertainment, Commedia dell Arte was still a big part of comedy. The main things that were included in this style of comedy were love intrigues and mystery like tricks of getting things of other people such as their money. Furthermore, a part of Commedia dell Arte included aerobics or Juggling; masks were often often used in this period of time and this style of comedy


William Shakespeare

Melodramatic Comics

Melodrama is a kind of comedy that was originated in the 18th century and is still used nowdays, It is used in pieces such as plays, on television and many times in movies. In melodrama characters are very extragged and stereotyped, this gives a very strong but simple character. In the 18th and the 19th century the actions in melodrama were usually accompanied by an orchestra or a song to make it more interesting to see and watch.

Circus comics

Clowns have originated a very long time ago and have evolved and developed over a long period of time. The clowns already existed for thousands of years like with the greeks  where they were no more than sometimes bald people who imitated serious people and did mime. Also during the time of the romans clowns were characters with a pointy hat, had robes and were robes and were targeted for tricks and abuse, they also did mime.  Nowdays, we have 4 main types of clowns: the whiteface clown, the Auguste clown, the tramp/hobo clown and the character clown. The whiteface clown is a clown that is sometimes pleasant looking, also in situations with other clowns the whiteface clown is the leader and is the one that bosses the others around. Furthermore, the whiteface clown’ face is completely covered in white except for some facial features such as the eyebrows, nose and mouth. The  Auguste clown is probably one of the most active clowns of all the clowns, they are mostly the troublemakers of the clowns and use a lot of slapstick and perform a lot of big pranks on others. The Auguste clown face makeup exists out of  variation of the colours red and and pink. Exaggerated parts of the face are mostly colored using the colours red and  black. The tramp or hobo clown is the sad clown who does the stupid jobs such as cleaning after the others make a mess. The tramp or hobo clown often wears dark and ripped clothes to create a strong unhappy mood.  Finally, the character clown can be anything so the creator of the character can be very creative to clearly show the character of the clown. The make-up of the character clown can be anything from the previous clowns.

Auguste clown

Cinematic comedy

One major part of the cinematic comedy were silent movies such as by Charlie Chaplin and were one of the very first film types/genres. Most Silent movies didn’t have any sound in the movie itself, but a whole orchestra accompanied the movie to  support the effect of the movie itself on the viewer. Most silent movies were drama, epic, romance and comedy (mostly slapstick). Most of the Silent movies included slapstick, this included things like practical jokes, accidents, stunts and chase scenes with cars and trains. Charlie Chaplin was a very famous silent movie actor who was one of the best at his time. He created many silent movies such as ‘the gold rush’ and ‘Chaplin’ which are still viewed and enjoyed by many people around the globe.

Charlie Chaplin.




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Drama DIY Penalty Techniques Show

For drama with Kai I made a penalty techniques show of different penalty’s that are done by different players. We did this for the unit Speech so we needed to explain well how the techniques worked and how to do them.  We also needed to do the techniques step by step.

Here is te video:


There are some important skills you need when you try to teach something.  One of the skills we used for our video’s was step by step, It means that if you explain something how it works you tell it in steps and not just doing it and then the people who are watching the video they will not clearly understand how it works and then you actually don’t teach you just do it. In our video we explained how it worked and then also did it in steps so the people can see how you do the penalty so they can learn how to do the penalty and they can follow what they say easily it is when you can do the penalty works.

Drama mime reflection

For drama mime unit we needed to do an act and this is my reflection for it!

Ok, first here is the mime act that I did with my group. The location is a passenger airplane and the name of the act is :”Bumpy Flight”.
Here is the video of the act:

7C Drama: Mime Scene from YIS Arts on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed it and here are the questions and my answers.

How did I use the space?      +ve/-ve

How did I interact with other characters?

How was the mime believable? Not believable? Exp

We did not use very much space because a  passenger airplane is not very wide.

I think I Interacted the most with the other flight attendant because when she did something wrong I became a bit angry at her. I think also we interacted when the passengers wanted three glasses of alcoholic drinks.

I think I also Interacted with the old man because I made him calm by giving him another cup and then he wasn’t very angry anymore. I think that were the two character I interacted (the most) with.

I think the mime was believable because we all used the mime objects well and clearly showed what something was.
I think we also showed very clear what we were doing.
But I think it became a bit less believable because the flight attendant seats were not on the side they are on an airplane but it think because of that the audience did see us better.

Drama mime door

For Drama this unit we are doing mime, that is acting without props sound or voice.
For this project we were doing : opening a locked door.
Here is the video where me and Kai were opening a locked mime door:

7C Drama: Door Mime from YIS Arts on Vimeo.

Our door had magically opened because we prayed. First I was trying to  do it with a pistol but that did not work then we looked under the door and then  Kai told me that we could pray, that did work.

When I was holding the mime pistol. saw it wasn’t vey heavy because i could easily hold it with one hand.
Also when I was tying my shoelaces you say the weight was close to nothing.
When I was holding the pistol I made a hand shape pistol because then you could see more clearly that it was a pistol.
Also when I was tying my shoelaces you saw I was doing that because I was going down and then you saw I was tying my shoelaces.

I think we did good reacted and did the things good at the same time when we did something. Also when we were making a mistake we very  fast reacted and then continue on doing what we needed to do.

Maybe the next time  I could get better in just be in my role and just do what I need to do and I could not get distracted then.
I sometimes got distracted of the audience and I got a little out of my role so could improv to not do anything with the audience.


drama trailer reflection

Hello, for drama we had to make a movie trailer. I made a movie trailer with Owen and Charlie and our movie is called: “Black Screen”. It is about a bird that makes the whole world black. a team needs to find an egg that was from that bird an if they would get it they would destroy it and then no any other bird could be born.

I think this was not so easy to make but I think we did a pretty good job.
first we were thinking what should we make our trailer about than we had an idea of that the nature takes over the world and then we thought that was really hard to make and film so we did not use that idea. then the next lesson Owen came up with Black screen so we used that.
together with the whole group we developed new ideas such as that a bird gives all the the trouble and not something else such a a human.
then we started filming and that was going pretty good so when were done filming we were going to export the movie from I movie to  garage band. Then we did the voice over and then we were done!

I think It was difficult to try to make up the whole movie because sometimes when you have a good idea it sometimes not works or it is very hard to make so I think that was difficult for me. But I still think I did a good job.