Comedy Defintions

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1. Humor is the quality of being amusing, or the ability to express yourself in a funny way. Comedy is professional entertainment that is intended to make an audience laugh or otherwise be found amusing, Comedy is planned where humor is the reaction to the comedy in a way. Humor refers to instances of behavior that make us human, comedy is material based. 2. Definitions:

I. Satire—the use of humor, irony, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues. i.e. Most political cartoons which we witness every day in newspapers and magazines are examples of satire. These cartoons criticize some recent actions of political figures in a comical way. II. Irony—the expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous effect; state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result. i.e. Irony is a kind of winking at each other, as we all understand the game of meaning reversal that is being played. III. Parody—a piece of writing, music, etc., that imitates the styles of someone or something else in an amusing way. i.e. "Police Academy", "Austin Powers", "Scary Movie", etc. IV. Wit—a form of intelligent humor, the ability to say or write things that is clever and usually funny. i.e. (A politician needs) the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen. V. Farce—a type of comedy that aims at entertaining the audience through situations that are highly exaggerated, extravagant, and thus improbable (plot twist). i.e. It would be well, if all our lives were a divine tragedy even, instead of this trivial comedy or farce. VI. High Comedy—also known as ‘pure’ comedy which is characterized by witty dialog, satire, biting humor, or criticism of life. i.e. A type of high comedy...
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