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Comedy is the use of humour in the performing arts. It also means a performance that relies heavily on humor. The term originally comes from theater, where it simply referred to a play with a happy ending, in contrast to a tragedy. The humor, once an incidental device used to entertain, is now an essential aspect of a comedy.
A recognised characteristic of comedy is that it is an intensely personal enjoyment. People frequently fail to find the same things amusing, but when they do it can help to create powerful bonds.
- Stand-up comedy
- Sketch comedy - short comedy scenes as in contrast to sitcom.
- Television comedy and Radio comedy
- Comedy film
- Comic novel
- Musical comedy
Historical or theatre
- clown (see also krumping)
- Commedia dell'arte - historically, a form of improvisational theatre, chiefly from the 16th to 18th centuries.
- Farce - most often thought of as theatrical, but has been adapted for other media.
- Jesters - clowns associated with the middle ages.
- Vaudeville - comedy performed in theatres that declined as television ownership increased.
Comedy events and awards
- British Comedy Awards
- Just for laughs festival
- Melbourne International Comedy Festival
- HBO Comedy Arts Festival
Lists of comedy performers
- Australian comedy
- List of British Comedians
- List of Italian comedians
- List of Finnish comedians
- List of Puerto Rican comedians
- List of Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time - Almost exclusively American.
- List of Dr Demento's radio show comedians
Lists of comedy programmes
- British comedy - article on British comedy and a list of British comedy programmes.
- Britcom - list of British sitcoms.
- List of British TV shows remade for the American market
- List of comedies - theatre/radio/television and from France/Russia/Canada/Australia/UK/US
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