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"Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die."

Mel Brooks
Comedian

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Comedy

Written and Situational Humor

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Physical Comedy

Extreme emotions and situations
Use of face and body for humorous effect

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Where do we get our sense of humor?

The Greeks- fertility rites and feasts of Dionysus, the god of wine and fertility. Where old comedy comes from

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Old Comedy

- Satirized political life. Made fun of public figures and events
- Resembles political cartoons of today
- The chorus played an integral part

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New Comedy

- Focuses on the family and human relationships
- Chorus is not a big part

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Commedia dell'arte
Stock Commedia

- Form of theater that begins in 16th century Italy.
- Drew upon some aspects of the New Comedy era.
- Performed by actors playing stock characters who were masked
- Traveled around the country to perform before nobility and the lower classes

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Pantalone

- Bent over as if spine just went out.

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Arlechchino

A servant
A Zanni

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Colombina

A Servant
A Zanni

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Slapstick

Arlechinni carried this object
Club like object made with 2 wooden slats
It produces a loud smacking noise when struck against something or someone, but causes very little physical harm.

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Slapstick Comedy

A type of humor with exaggerated physical activity that pushes the boundaries of physical comedy

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The Lovers

- Innamorati
- The only stock characters that DON'T wear masks
- Little or no physical contact

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Lazzi

- "bit"
- Humorous, physical scene skit
- They could either be improvised or preplanned
- Performers had many lazzis that they could use at any time to energize an audience if they felt that the show was becoming boring

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The Unspilled Wine Lazi

Holding a glass of wine, Arlecchino does a complete backward somersault without spilling the wine.

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Chair Lazzi

Arlcchino pulls the chair out from under the Captain just before he sits down, causing the Captain to fall on his butt

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The Shield Lazzi

Arlecchino, just before he's about to get hit, grabs the nearest character and uses him as a shield

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Rising Dagger Lazzi

When an attractive woman is talked about ot seen, Pantolene's dagger begins to rise

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William Shakespeare

Comedy of Errors
As You Like It
Midsummer Night's Dream

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Vaudeville

- Began around 1870's-1880's moving from saloons to concert halls
- A form of variety show that featured dance numbers, songs, burlesque acts and comedy performances
- Early versions were not fit for the civilized

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Famous Vaudeville Performers

- Buster Keaton
- Charlie Chaplin
- 3 Stooges
- Marx Brothers
- Abott + Costello

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Lucille Ball

- 1st woman to run a major TV studio: Desilu Productions
- 4 time Emmy Award winner
- Star Trek + Mission Impossible
- TV hall of fame
- Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Award