The Comedy Ladder
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a type of comedy that is quite physical, sometimes vulgar, and highly exaggerated in style and performance
the lowest form of humor. Involves literature of the digestive processes and the most animalistic elements of lovemaking.
the comic form know as slapstick. Depends heavily on exagerated poses and facial expressions. Objects like paddles, pies, paint, pails, toilet paper are combined with tripping, falling, stumbling.
involves misunderstanding, cross-purposes, inopportune or embarrassing experiences, mistaken identity.
skillful use of language to elicit humor from ordinary situations. May include one line jokes or a more subtle play on words.
involves outlandish physical comedy overflowing with silly characters, improbable happenings, wild clowning and extravagant language.
Witty, graceful, sophisticated and elegant comedies characterized by witty banter and sophisticated dialogue rather than the slapstick physicality and blundering common to low comedy.
Comedy of Manners
examines and satirizes attitudes and customs in the light of high intellectual and moral standards. The dialogues are witty and sophisticated and characters are often measured according to their linguistic and intellectual powers. The love plots are serious and real.
Comedy of Ideas
involve humankind's ability to laugh at that which is closest to the heart - friends, family, religion, politics, country, ourselves.
designed to ridicule vices and follies. Uses exaggeration/hyperbole, understatement, caricature, sarcasm, irony, stereotype, parody, and cold realistic detail
double awareness; some recognition that every truth is only partial and is charcterized by its opposite.
extreme form of ironic language that is sutting, personally insulting and unmistakable; it is closely related to invective
extravagant exaggeration of heightened effect or humor
exaggerates certain individual qualitities of a person and produces a burlesque ridiculous effect
a type of understatement in which a thing is affirmed by saying the negative of its opposite; describing a particularly horrific scene by saying, "It was not a pretty picture."
Inconsistences of character
the unexpected on the part of the individual; the surprise action or speech contrary to human behavior
viewed from the standpoint of earnest young lovers, featuring lovers who try to overcome opposition to achieve a successful union.
satirist speaks in the 1st person either directly to the reader or to a character in the satire
expressed through a narrative with characters who are the butt of the satire and are ridiculed by what they themselves say and do.
playful satire that criticizes social vice through gentle, mild and light-hearted humor.
contemptuous, abrasive, harsh, biting satire, full of moral indignation and bitter contempt. Characterized by irony, sarcasm and personal invective
angry, critical or abusive tirade directed at someone or something
irony of understanding; an intentional understatement for humorous or serious effect.
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