Comedy has a long history. Greek comedy has existed in this world since 6th-century B.C.E. One of the most famous playwright genres were the Aristophanes and Meander of their works according to Ancient History of the encyclopedia. One of the first signs that indicated such activity in the Greek world come from pottery. Potteries were decorated mostly represented actors dressed as horses and dancers in fancy costumes. Another early source of comedy is the poems of Archilochus and Hipponax. The Greek plays had a structure. The first part is known as “parados.” This is where 24 performers enter and perform a number of songs and dance routines. They dress to impress. Therefore, their costumes are very fancy. They represented anything. The second part of the show was “agon.” This was mostly a verbal contest. The third part of the comedy was called parabens. This is where the performers speak directly to the audience.
A Jester is a person who is usually employed to entertain a king or nobleman in the middle ages. They are usually a clown, a buffoon, or a fool. Medieval Jesters did not have a huge role. The role of the jesters is to make the unhappy people happy. This is usually a high-class person. They usually have a master to excited and the entertain. Their main goal is to entertain their master and to listen to their master. They were not only used to entertain the master. They also entertained people at parties and big events. Medieval jesters were bald, their coats were motley and the breeches tight with generally one leg different in color from the other. However, in the middle ages, court jesters did not have very colorful and cheerful costumes. Gradually, their costumes became colorful.
From 1400 to 1600 A.D. was the Renaissance period. This was the time where there was innovative technology, extraordinary pieces of artwork, and beautiful music. During this period, there was a playwright by the name of William Shakespeare. He wrote most of the very famous plays, such as Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare is not only known for his playwrights. He is also known for his comedy. According to The World of the Renaissance site, Shakespearean comedies are made of many characteristics. They aided the process of the rebirth of entertainment during the Renaissance. Some modern comedies are based upon Shakespeare’s brilliant plays. There was also other playwrights including Laura Giannetti and other playwriters.
Melodrama comedy occurred from late 18th century to the late 19th century. It was a part of Romantic Literary Period. This period was there to express the emotion through art and embrace imagination. The emotion showed with the use of the spoken lines, music themes (good and evil), and sound effects. Melodrama is usually moral tales that talks about good and evil. Usually, the good wins and shows morality. The characters in the Melodrama is usually is based on the characteristics of their stereotypes. One of these stereotypical characters is hero/heroine, villain, villain’s accomplice, faithful servant, and maidservant. There are also three main point plot elements in Melodramatic comedy. First, there is the provocation. This is where the villains provocate the heroes or heroines. The second or the peak is usually referred to heroes suffering from the attacks that villains did. Last, there is the penalty. This is where the villains get attacked back from the heroes or heroines.
Circus comics are mainly focused on the tricks and performing very difficult tricks. The four types are the clowns, acrobats, animal actors, and other things that are performed in the circus. The circus was there to entertain the audience and was
s there from the Roman Empire. However, because circuses are traveling companies, tents were used for much of the live performances and housing for the animals and props, while the performers and other circus workers tend to live in trailers and wagons. One of the innovations that helped to popularize the modern circus is the concept of multiple performing areas. This three ring circus was often the uses of building up excitement among the populace as the circus made its way to the next town.
Cinematic comedy is sometimes considered to be the oldest film genre. One of the comedies in the cinematic comedies were Slapstick. This was one of the earliest forms of comedy, situations of physical mishap and indignity, usually in pratfalls, practical jokes, accidents, acrobatic death-defying stunts, water soakings, or wild chase scenes with trains and cars. Burlesque is another form of early comedy, characterized by unrefined and broad humor, designed to produce ridicule. There are also people who were performing in the Cinematic comedy. For example, Charlie Chaplin
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