Comedy

STUDY
PLAY

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The comic hero
A hero of mixed strength and weakness who provides a positive example by his ultimate triumph over evil or obstacles, accomplished through his growth, change circumstances, the help or redemption provided by others, or all of these.
Character centered
One main character surrounded by many situations or people, restricted POV
Situation centered
One situation in which many characters interact
Low comedy
crude, boisterous comedy; slapstick and crude jokes; physical comedy
Slapstick
Comedy based on deliberately clumsy actions and humorously embarrassing events
Hyperbolic
enlarged beyond truth or reasonableness
Sophomoric
Involves childish themes such as pranks, name-calling, and other immature behavior
Self-deprecating
modest about or critical of oneself, especially humorously so
High comedy
characterized by grace, elegance and wit; intellectual comedy
Anecdotal
Personal stories that are embellished
Epigrammatic
verbal humor consisting of a witty saying
Absurd
humor involving incongruity of random ideas, people or objects
Parody
Imitation often intended to ridicule an author, an artistic endeavor, or a genre
Satire
Mocks human weaknesses or aspects of society
Black humor
profound or horrific events dealing with misfortune or death are presented in a humorous manner
Deadpan
Delivered with an impassive, expressionless, matter-of-fact presentation
Aside
AKA breaking the fourth wall, the comment is not heard or noticed by the other characters in the play
Take
Broad look at the audience and/or other characters in surprise, astonishment, or disgust
Mugging
Obviously playing to the audience, exaggerated facial expressions and movements