is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die.
Well geez, you don't want much, do you?
Comedy is an elusive and fast-moving target to define. There's an entire field for trying to discover "Humor Theory", trying to find out what makes funny tick
. General public consensus is that humor comes from the unexpected, but this theory is still flawed. One thing's for sure: comedy is funny.
Comedy, as something primarily happy
, is directly opposed to Tragedy
, but not so much Drama
. And has been since the day it was conceived as a term, albeit not like we know today — comedy was a play with a happy ending, Tragedy
was a play that had a sad ending. Propelled off of Rule of Funny
, comedy infects all art forms. Its hobbies include satires, parodies, pastiches, playing for laughs, snarking,
and long walks on the beach.
I would write more here, but with such a ubiquitous trope, I'm sure I can just sit back and let the Wiki Magic
work for me. So, I'm going to go a step beyond Rolling Updates
and just say it's open editing season
on this trope. Get 'em, tiger!
Any moment now.
(NOTE: Because comedy is so ubiquitous, add only the big names.)
Note that all of the examples are from English-speaking
countries. This isn't Small Reference Pools
; rather, it's actually like that.
A really, really long list of Comedy Tropes
can be found at Comedy Tropes