ORIGINS OF COMEDY- An interesting thing is that comedy started from the 5th-6th century, B.C. Of course there was no television so all comedy and acts were performed on stage. The key person of comedy was Aristophanes and he performed many comedies but by now, only 11 are famous and performed. His born/death is not clear but formers hypothesise that he was born in 456 B.C. and his death in 380 B.C. He influenced others to do comedy and the comedy we know all started here. Lots of his play was mocking people such as politics, philosophers and many others. Also on top of that, his plays implicitly effected the Greek culture in terms of education, legal systems and religious rules.
MEDIEVAL COMEDY- Medieval comedy, also known as elegiac comedy is still famous and some performers still perform this. Most of the comedy include loyalty and kingdom. The play includes kings, queens, servants and many characters that appear in castles. The comedy includes songs, magics, storytelling. One of the famous comedians in the 16th century was Court Jesters. These type of people are like clowns if we say it modernly. They sometimes performed about some kind of news to entertain people whilst teaching the people the news.
RENAISSANCE COMEDY- Similar to Medieval comedy, renaissance comedy had a break during the 16th century. Renaissance comedy is completely different from what we know comedy right now. Our current knowledge in comedy is that it is funny and makes us laugh. However, Renaissance comedy was usually a kind of play and more than getting laughter from the audience, they made happy endings, usually something that isn’t “FUNNY.” William Shakespeare is one of the famous people in the Renaissance. His work was considered one of the best comedies because he always included people’s weekness but resulted as a happy ending. Contrasting to this, sometimes he made tragic endings where the important people died. One great example of this is “Romeo and Juliet” and this play is still alive and popular nowadays.
MELODRAMATIC COMEDY- Melodramatic comedy was very popular in the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. Melodrama is when an object or person is over exaggerated only. This means that the sterotype becomes stronger. For example when we think of someone that is evil, we think of colors like black, greedy, and having many servants. These are all stereotypes and whenever we see certain factors, we assume/infer that the character has this certain personality or identity. Also, melodrama takes normal daily life situations into something very dramatical. Melodrama is all about adding dramatic and it includes adding music, background to express something and strengthen tension, impact and etc.
CIRCUS COMEDY- The circus comedy started from around 1950’s and this is the comedy we thing as “funny”. After all the plays from the reinassance, the circus comedy had a big hit. This kind of comedy showed many amazing tricks and some funny parts were the failures people deliberately made to make us laugh. This kind of comedy is still having a big hit right now and people go to circus’ to watch funny scenes and some scenes where characters make mistakes. One of the most famous circus’ in Japan is the “Cirque du Soleil” and it is very popular and many people go watch it even right now.
CINEMATIC COMEDY- After TV was out, lots of comedy was on TV as well. On TV there are television programs of comedy shows, comedy talkshows, comedy trick shows and many different shows that make people laugh. Also, after TV was out, graphic anime (animations) started to become popular that was from manga. In many countries, cinematic comedy is very popular and also, many countries prefer comedy more than other television programs. Famous comedy are like “Mr. Bean”, “Sweet Life” and these are made to entertain people as well.
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