16 terms

Comedy

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high comedy
comedy employing sophisticated wit and often satirizing the upper classes.
low comedy
crude, boisterous comedy; slapstick and crude jokes; physical comedy
black comedy
disturbing or absurd material presented in a humorous manner, usually with the intention of confronting uncomfortable truths
slapstick
comedy based on deliberately clumsy actions and humorously embarrassing events
farce
ridiculous or absurd happenings; broad or far-fetched humor; often uses mistaken identities
parody
a work which imitates another in a ridiculous manner
satire
Criticizes human misconduct and ridicules vices, stupidities, and follies.
scatological humor
Relies on bathroom humor and bodily functions to get laughs
puns
A play on words
Incongruity
One of the 7 Approaches of Comedy; something out of place or that doesn't belong
Anticipation
One of the 7 Approaches of Comedy; the audience sees the joke coming before it happens
Exaggeration
One of the 7 Approaches of Comedy: taking something and making it larger/magnifying -overstatements, stereotypes, size, etc.
Ambiguity
One of the 7 Approaches of Comedy; double entendres, multiple meanings, disguises, mistaken identity
Recognition
One of the 7 Approaches of Comedy; funny because the audience identifies with the situation; "we've all been there."
Protection
One of the 7 Approaches of Comedy; knowing these things aren't really happening; funny because they're not happening to us
Relief
One of the 7 Approaches of Comedy; building tension which is released with a laugh

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