A General Note on Comedy

A General Note on Comedy

We live in a world where tension and stress eat out most of the time of our lives. Many of us have even forgotten the way it feels to laugh out of our hearts. Comedy is any such work, which brings laughter to our faces. The technical definition states that any discourse, which is usually intended to be either amusing or humorous, specifically including laughter during the course of performance, can be termed as comedy. The performance of comedy can be on various platforms, like TV, theater, films, stand-up comedy and many more.

Comedy as an activity was born in ancient Greece. It was an integral part of the ancient Greek lifestyle. Comedy was essentially used back then to influence the public opinion for the prevalent democratic practices in the ancient Athenian society. Comedy used to be usually political satire, which were performed in the open-air theaters. The performances were generally dramatic. Satire and parody were essential part of any comedy even during the medieval ages in the Western Civilization carving their path towards the Renaissance and subsequently the Modern Age.

Comedy has innumerable genres that can be effectively used to induce laughter among the audience. Even though there is a broad division of comedy by its genres, segregating any particular comedic performance against any specific genres can be quite a herculean task. It is often observed that any particular comedic performance can have the overlapping characteristics of more than one genre. Nevertheless, comedy always brings out laughter no matter to what genre it belongs.