We often judge each other and ourselves by what we find funny. Laughter also affects us emotionally acting as a temporary amnesia making us forget or become less aware of our problems. Most sitcoms use stereotype and conflict of characters as an aspect of comedy creation. This combined with an emphasis on contrast, conflict and incongruity. By using incongruity the teller of a joke or former of comedy can tell the joke as if it were original, whether we laugh or not depends on if the joke contains some form of punch line that is in some way incongruous with the linguistic or physical environment in which it occurs but which at first sight had not been apparent or in any way anticipated by the audience.
Simon said once in an interview with Glenn Loney, “Certain types of critics will always look down on comedy. For them, it seems to easy- or it doesn’t have enough substance” (Konas 212). Neil Simon is criticized for lacking substance within his works. However his plays are actual dramatizations of his life, or the life of those he knows best, which utilize buffoon comedy to create substance while keeping a light-hearted ambiance. Buffoon comedy defines itself as comedy which evokes a laugh because of the degree of absurdity.
Starting from these two plays this essay will look at the boundaries that allow defining and distinguishing between tragedy and comedy as well as their importance at the time. Tragedy and comedy stand out mainly by the fact that one of these genres makes people cry and the other makes them laugh. The boundary between the two is not always easy to distinguish, since a play can be considered as a comedy without being funny, simply because it has a happy ending. The issue here is to contrast these two genres to better draw the border between them. The comedy featured ordinary characters and thus allowed people to laugh at their pains and ironic situations.
This skit succeeds to elicit laughs in such a way by mocking the way that most men think of periods. This skit over exaggerates the way men react, and underestimates their knowledge. This skit also can target women who have been through the situation and know what it is like. Referring to the Benign Violation Theory, it is considered a benign violation because the physiological distance from the violation, being about women and their periods, is through a T.V
The audience at a comedy is likely to feel itself to be slightly superior to, and therefore distant from, the comic figures, even the romantic leads, if it is to laugh at their follies. Comedy can be defined in three main types; visual, verbal and situational. Visual humour is usually accessible images, pictures and the obvious. Verbal humour is the spoken satire, word-play and stories. Situational humour takes place around a plot created by an author.
In these two works, Aristophanes offers a mix of mocking and approving sentiments oh homosexual men and the practice of homosexuality itself. As he is a comedian, Aristophanes immerses his characters in satire in order to gain laughs from the audience; by looking carefully at the texts, we can see he does not actually see homoeroticism as an institution to be derided and ridiculed. To begin, an examination of The Women at the Thesmophoria can provide valuable insights into the prevailing culture’s notion of homosexual relations. Just before Euripides and the Kinsman reached Agathon’s house, they discussed the poet briefly: Euripides: There is an Agathon … Kinsman: You mean the suntanned one, strong guy? Euripides: No, a different one.
Aristophanes uses humor to hook his audience into his play, and then undermines the surface humor with much bigger thematic issues. If this play had simply been about women withholding sex for other reasons such as wanting more money for shopping or other frivolous ideas it would not then be considered a satiric comedy. Satire requires more than physical humor. An issue must be raised such as the life and death theme that is seen in the war in Lysistrata, and a solution must then be made. Aristophanes created the women in the beginning to be bickering, unintelligent, and self-centered people.
Jokes: used to talk about sex and aggression and it is kind of temporary rebellion Wit: world play explain was used to talk about controversial subject Humour: for sharing mirth and enjoyment (Lyttle. 2003, 3) when we laugh at some thing it become smaller and less threatening to us, same as out problem, then we could make a progress in solving it without worry. (Lyttle. 2003,
Shakespeare creates comedy with his play on words, Malvolio comments on how it is almost certainly Olivia's writing "these be her very C's, her U's, and her T's and thus makes she her great Ps" The use of the sexual innuendo referring to the female genitalia and urination is very clear when spoken aloud which is very amusing. Further comedy is created by Sir Andrews reaction, "C's, her U's, and her T's: why that?" Sir Andrew does not understand the joke, the audience finds this funny but at the same time we also feel sorry for him because he is very dim witted. After Malvolio establishes that "Olivia" writes the letter he then begins to interpret the letter to suit his situation. "`M'--Malvolio!
Therefore, the various twists and turns in the plot, and naturally the study of the complications of gender-bending (which is of the greatest interest in both plays), create a comedic examination of homosexual desire (for there really was no way other than comedic to bring the subject to light)—or whatever. Works Cited Shakespeare, William. As You Like It. Shakespeare, William. Twelfth Night.