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-> ''"Everyone knows comedy is the lowest form of entertainment, next to [[AnimationAgeGhetto animation]]."''
--> -- '''[[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents Trixie Tang]]''', [[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs animated]] [[SelfDeprecation comedy]] [[HypocriticalHumor character]].

There's an insidious school of thought circulating among the world's pop-culture enthusiasts and critics. It states that comedy is not and indeed ''cannot'' be TrueArt. Since TrueArtIsAngsty and offensive, it logically follows that something lighthearted, created to inspire joy and laughter amongst the public, must not be true art, right? Sadly, many people seem to think so. For instance, [[AwardSnub can you remember the last time a comedy film won the Academy Award for Best Picture]]?[[note]]It was the 2014 ''Film/BirdMan'' followed by the next most recent, 1998 film ''Film/ShakespeareInLove'', and before that, it was 1977's ''Film/AnnieHall''. At least a 15 year gap in both occurrence![[/note]] Exactly, and the numbers predict that it's not due to happen anytime soon. Perhaps for this reason, the Golden Globe Awards have separate categories for comedies and dramas.

This rule tends not to apply to minor technical awards: For instance, at the 1988 Oscars, the Disney/Amblin [[RogerRabbitEffect partly-animated]] [[FantasticComedy fantasy-comedy]] film ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' won three competitive Academy Awards, but these were for film editing, visual effects and sound effects. (A special award was given for the film's animation.)

Compare AnimationAgeGhetto and SciFiGhetto for similarly flawed ideas. For the fandom version, see MaturityIsSeriousBusiness. Particularly good {{satire}} and BlackComedy ''may'' be exempt such as with ''Film/LifeIsBeautiful'', an ostensible comedy set during the Holocaust which got director/star Roberto Benigni the Best Foreign Language and Best Actor Oscars in 1998. But a movie that simply wants to be funny without an obvious message? Low-brow trash.

Note that this rule applies primarily to film. Television is normally exempt as the Emmy Awards have separate categories for comedy. In theater, comedies often do well at the Tonys, such as when ''Theater/BookOfMormon'' cleaned house in 2011, winning nine awards including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Actress (Nikki M. James).

A primary cause of TomHanksSyndrome, where a comedic actor who wants to be Taken Seriously will switch to drama.


* ''Entertainment'' magazine's review of ''Film/ObserveAndReport'' praises the film over the similarly-themed ''Paul Blart: Mall Cop'' for one main oft-repeated reason: the former is direct, sad, and "brutal" whereas the latter is funny, and its praise for the performers is secondary.
* Creator/RobertDeNiro was asked in an interview for ''Parade'' why he occasionally does "stupid" comedies such as ''Film/MeetTheParents''. De Niro explained that comedy films are just as difficult to make as serious dramas.
* Many film comedians have never or hardly won an Academy Award during the height of their careers: Creator/LaurelAndHardy received one Oscar for their short "The Music Box". Comedians like Creator/CharlieChaplin, Creator/BusterKeaton, [[Creator/LaurelAndHardy Stan Laurel]] and [[Creator/TheMarxBrothers Groucho Marx]] all received one single Academy Award (for their entire career and achievements) when they had already retired from performing in films. And they were the lucky ones! Other greats like Creator/HaroldLloyd, Creator/WCFields, Creator/TheThreeStooges, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Oliver Hardy, Fatty Arbuckle, Harry Langdon all died without ever receiving ''anything''.
** Creator/PeterSellers was nominated the Best Actor Oscar for his three-part role in ''Film/DrStrangelove'' (1964), but lost the award to Creator/RexHarrison in ''Theatre/MyFairLady''. Fifteen years later, he was nominated in the category again for ''Film/BeingThere'', another satire, but Creator/DustinHoffman won for his performance in ''Film/KramerVsKramer''.
* None of Creator/MontyPython's films won a significant award, though ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife'' was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. (It ultimately received the Special Jury Prize instead.)
* Creator/BurtReynolds (who is usually a drama actor) was reportedly very disgusted that he lost an Oscar to Creator/RobinWilliams (known primarily for comedy) for his role in ''Film/GoodWillHunting''. (Reportedly, being in ''Film/BoogieNights'' hurt his chances more than Williams did.)
* Creator/ChevyChase once hosted the Oscars, and read out rules for it (You'd win "if you're old and haven't had one yet"), but added a TakeThat at the end, saying that this (put on a prosthetic nose) was simply not allowed. He was criticizing (along with others) Steve Martin's omission for Best Actor for ''Film/{{Roxanne}}''.
* ''Film/ShowPeople'': InUniverse, aspiring actress Peggy Pepper believes comedy should be in a ghetto. She thinks only drama is true art, and she is mortified when by a trick of fate she winds up as a movie star in slapstick comedy.
* The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse is sometimes hit with this by fans who dislike the light-hearted approach many of the movies take:
** ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' especially was attacked by a few fans for the characters making "too many jokes." Whether they have a point is up for debate, though the movie ''does'' get serious and contains many situations that aren't PlayedForLaughs.
** ''Film/AntMan'' broke out of the ghetto, despite many predicting it would fall into it. It's notably more comedic than the rest of the universe. In fact, the comedy elements were praised, while the film's low points were the dramatic ones. It grossed $500 million worldwide and earned an 80% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' is even more comedic than the others, and the trailers played up the comedy aspects. It was widely expected to bomb, though whether that was because of the comedy or the fact that its comic was pretty obscure is up for debate. Needless to say, the film is one of the highest-rated entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe effectively breaking out of the ghetto.
* Although speaking of superhero cinematic franchises, the DC Cinematic Universe tends to invert this; one of the frequent criticisms several of the movies so far released in it have received is that they're too dark, humourless and po-faced, and could probably stand to lighten up and take themselves a bit less seriously like the MCU does.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Almost any time a sitcom starts to make an attempt at an Emmy nomination, the episode they make for consideration is almost always a VerySpecialEpisode. The laughs come fewer and farther between, a much more serious issue is addressed, and it can often be a LowerDeckEpisode if a Supporting Actor award is being considered (the episodes of ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' when Jackie was a victim of domestic abuse stand out as this in syndication).
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' {{Big Name Fan}}s are known for automatically rating horror serials above comedy, which is part of the reason for the longstanding bad reputations of stories like "The Gunfighters" and "City of Death" (both of which, especially the latter, were VindicatedByHistory once they became widely available to view again), as well as being part of the reason why the LighterAndSofter Graham Williams era (which [[ReplacementScrappy replaced an era of the darkest horror and goriest thrillers the show ever achieved]]) is considered a DorkAge by some parts of fandom. "The Space Museum" suffers especially from this, as people tend to praise its creepy and atmospheric JustOneSecondOutOfSync first episode and attack the three comedy episodes that come after. Revival series episodes that tend to be criticised entirely for being comedy are the "Aliens of London" two-parter (which had ToiletHumor) and "Love and Monsters" (which had a {{Squick}}y sex joke and Creator/PeterKay in a ridiculous rubber suit). On the other hand, this trope ended up working in the show's favour in a big way - the writers during the Graham Williams era realised that if they were stuck writing a cheap ExecutiveMeddling-mandated children's comedy to appease MoralGuardians protesting about the horror, no-one would care if they stuffed it full of sophisticated ParentalBonus satire, brilliantly intelligent dialogue and some of the blackest of BlackComedy, and so they did - overtly political stories like "The Sunmakers" and "The Invasion of Time" being fan favourites.
** The reaction from the fandom around the time that comedienne Catherine Tate was being cast as the next companion was very negative, with some people insisting that she couldn't possibly act well enough to pull off the {{Angst}} bits. However, she really could - she's now considered to be one of the best performed companions in the show's history, as comic acting is just as difficult as serious acting and the skills aren't too dissimilar. This situation unconsciously echoed fan concerns about well-loved comic actor Jon Pertwee being cast as the Doctor in 1970, which confused a lot of people when he performed the Third Doctor as probably the most serious and dignified Doctor of them all.
** Averted with the casting choice of Creator/PeterCapaldi, whose announcement was very well recieved despite his best known performance being from [[Series/TheThickOfIt a comedy.]] Although it might have helped that the comedy he was best known for ''was'' a [[BlackComedy pitch-black]] satire of contemporary issues, which tends to be the type of comedy which is most likely to find its way of the Ghetto and into critical acclaim; also, Capaldi was an avowed and longtime fan of the franchise. The Twelfth Doctor era (Series 8-10) was a DarkerAndEdgier stretch with very few {{Breather Episode}}s and a lot of horror content, but it incorporated humor into even the bleakest stories; in what is often seen as a response to complaints that Twelve was too cold and the tone too grim in Series 8, he and the show became lighter as it progressed. In addition, Series 8-9 companion Clara Oswald with her angsty character arc seems to be less popular than Series 10 companions Bill Potts and Nardole (the latter of whom originated, as Donna Noble had, as a one-off comedy character played by an established comic actor), wisecracking characters who may have been put through the wringer but [[EarnYourHappyEnding more than pulled through in the end]] (''especially'' Bill).

* The song ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5JAPkvnyso A Comedian at the Oscars]]'' performed by Creator/WillFerrell, Creator/JackBlack and John C. Reilly at the 79th Academy Awards is a biting satire of this idea. Ferrell and Black begin by pretending to challenge Oscar winners and nominees to a fight over the preferential treatment of dramatic actors before Reilly teaches them that they, too, can win awards if only they learn to accept absurdly tragic roles.
* During his life, Music/ErikSatie was seen as a musical lightweight who composed silly little tunes with often comedic titles and littered his scores with sarcastic remarks. His legacy as a historically important musical innovator only came decades later after his death.
* Despite the enormous technical complexities of his music, Music/SpikeJones was likewise never taken seriously by his contemporaries.
* Music/TheBonzoDogBand were mostly seen as a novelty act throughout their career because of their silly antics and StylisticSuck playing. They are often overlooked when discussing the great bands of TheSixties. Nevertheless both Music/TheBeatles and Creator/MontyPython have named them as a huge inspiration.
* Music/FrankZappa also received more recognition as an innovative composer near the end of his life and mostly after death. The fact that he sabotaged the serious attention that any of his music could have received by injecting comedy into his compositions didn't help matters along. Nor the fact that his sense of humor [[SophisticatedAsHell did not discriminate between satirical wit and lowbrow bawdy jokes]].

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* While nothing to do with films per se, this trope does come up with regards to wrestlers that have comedy gimmicks. A lot of wrestling purists absolutely despise wrestlers that have [[TheGimmick gimmicks]] designed to entertain the fans and make them laugh, [[KidAppealCharacter especially if their fans are primarily children]]. Some fans that value only the athleticism in wrestling seem to assume that more gimmick-centred wrestlers are somehow "cheating" and aren't real wrestlers when most successful wrestlers are successful because they can wrestle, with a gimmick just helping people identify and remember them more easily.
* Wrestlers with comedy gimmicks are more likely to become TheScrappy to internet fans, especially if they get cheered by the audience. Examples are Wrestling/SantinoMarella, Wrestling/BrodusClay, Scotty 2 Hotty, Wrestling/DoinkTheClown etc.
* You'll almost never get a wrestler with a comedy gimmick as a world champion in any major promotion. If a wrestler wishes to become a main eventer in any shape or form then they're going to have to be taken seriously. Wrestling/JohnCena is probably the closest to a comedic main eventer WWE has had in the modern era, besides perhaps [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]], who despite making people laugh supposedly did not count, though his comedy came more from insulting his opponents in clever ways he also had the occasional silly spot and he had a tendency to [[TheatricsOfPain oversell]]. Wrestling/{{TNA}} came somewhat close with Wrestling/ChristianCage, Eric Young.
* Wrestling/EddieGuerrero got away with it and is a notable aversion, possibly because his comedic cheating ways had become so endeared by fans.
* Wrestling/LayCool are female aversions. The two were essentially exaggerated versions of the AlphaBitch ValleyGirl and yet managed to dominate the women's division for over a year. Notably Michelle had been pushed as a serious ruthless heel before that, and fans were indifferent. When Michelle showed she had a knack for comedy, she was RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap for many. Likewise Layla's comedic antics caused her to become an EnsembleDarkhorse.
* Wrestling/{{CMLL}} exotico Maximo is an exception that proves the rule. Foreign viewers came under the assumption the promotion was more comedy based when they saw him as World Heavyweight Champion. It's not, the world heavyweight title simply isn't the end all be all of CMLL, where all weight classes are respected and of all the other world titles, none of them had contemporary titleholders to Maximo who were also comedy luchadors. In fact the only other champion you could call such was National Welterweight Champion Bárbaro Cavernario. Not to take away from their success, World anything is good and the Welterweight is the most prestigious of any level but it is more so the fact Mexican majors are just more open to giving pushes in general. Similarly, Los Psycho Circus were Wrestling/{{AAA}}'s most popular trio but [[CircusOfFear if they could be called a comedy group]] they still operated in what was otherwise one of AAA's most DarkerAndEdgier periods where they were the only 'comedy' champions.
* Even after becoming Wrestling/BulletClub's cleaner, there are fans that complain that Wrestling/KennyOmega is too much of a cartoon character for Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling. These same complainers loved his Wrestling/DramaticDreamTeam work though and stand firm in their belief he is perfect for ''that'' promotion. To his credit, Omega [[BastardUnderstudy went on]] to usurp Wrestling/KarlAnderson's leadership position and deport the stable's centerpiece Wrestling/AJStyles.
* {{Wrestling/Emma}} avoided the ghetto on NXT. Her gimmick was that of a CuteClumsyGirl who thought she was a good dancer. Despite the comedy gimmick, she was still pushed as a (somewhat) serious title contender. On the main roster however, her character was Flanderised and she fell headlong into the ghetto eventually finding herself back on NXT trying to restart her career with a FaceHeelTurn.
* On NXT Wrestling/SummerRae was treated as a serious competitor. There was a time when she had an undefeated streak. On the main roster as the dance partner to Fandango, she was instead presented as a bimbo who could only get fluke wins. Creative presumably realised she had a better affinity for playing a BrainlessBeauty rather than an AlphaBitch but her {{Jobber}} status still raises eyebrows.
* Wrestling/JillianHall initially avoided this - as she was still presented as a competent threat with her HollywoodToneDeaf gimmick. But around 2008 she suddenly became the go-to Diva for losing a SquashMatch or getting a HumiliationConga. She eventually stopped winning altogether, though she was granted one Divas' Championship reign which lasted about a minute.
* In general any heel with a comedy gimmick is likely to start out strong and undergo {{Flanderization}} into a {{Jobber}} before long.

* In the first half of the 20th century, theatre critics tended to regard Broadway musical comedies, whatever their merits, as not really suitable for sober dramatic criticism, a few stiff drinks being needed for their proper appreciation. The musical comedy ghetto started to break down with the critical acclaim for Creator/RodgersAndHammerstein's 1940s shows and had largely disappeared by the 1960s (though the critically praised musicals of the latter decade often weren't comedies). There was much controversy in 1931 when ''Theatre/OfTheeISing'' became the first musical to win the UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize; falling under the exemption for satire seems to have helped it do so.
* ''Theatre/{{Thespis}}'', the first Creator/GilbertAndSullivan operetta, ends with a TakeThat at the notion that tragedy is the higher art, suggesting that it is unwanted by the public. The angry [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Jupiter]] sends the Thespians away with this punishment:
-->Away to earth, contemptible comedians,
-->And hear our {{curse}}, before we set you free;
-->You shall all be eminent tragedians,
-->Whom no one ever goes to see!

[[folder:Video Games]]
* There has been much discontent from fans of Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog (well, [[BrokenBase more so than usual]]) when Ken Pontac and Warren Graff started writing the cutscenes and dialogue for the games, as they yanked the narrative style from the rather bleak and serious tone of games like ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' and ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' to the heavily comedic ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' and ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld''. And that's not even mentioning the actual ''quality'' of their writing, which according to most of the fanbase ranges from decent to pretty awful.
** Another issue is the fact that SEGA's mandates are so restrictive in some areas that there is little that even ''can'' be done when even those up-top see the games as [[ItsNotSupposedToWinOscars fluff for kids]].
** These same fans awaited ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' with dread as the list of names of the show's creative team came in and they are all comedy writers. Amusingly, this actually got subverted with time; while their fears were met for the first season, the constant shafting from both Cartoon Network and Boomerang gave the writers more confidence to do more surreal stuff in the second season; if no-one's ever going to see it, why not get creative?
* Inverted with ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''. It is [[BloodyHilarious an extremely ridiculous game]], which carries over to its fandom making short vids about it with Source Filmmaker and VideoGame/GarrysMod. Thus the serious shorts, including those submitted to the Drama category during the Saxxy Awards, often get looked down upon, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3cEYSacVHI claimed to be full of cliches]]. This isn't always the case, though, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NCERdh_-j4 Story of a Sentry]]'' and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1dJvrqN_5Q Bad Medicine]]'' are usually regarded as fine dramatic videos.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Members of ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'''s hatedom/[[HateDumb -dumb]] often claim that because the series is "only" a comedy, the viewpoints expressed within cannot be taken as actual critical analysis and [[CausticCritic Yahtzee]] is not a "real reviewer".
* Fans of Yahtzee often express virtually the same opinion: That because he's principally an entertainer, the content of his reviews cannot be criticized because he's "joking".
* This extends to most of ''the Escapist'' website, really. They don't hire consumer reporters, they hire ''critics''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Very prominent throughout the history of animation. For example, with regards to WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, Creator/TexAvery was only nominated twice for the Best Animated Short Oscar without winning, while Creator/BobClampett was never even nominated at all. Likewise, Creator/ChuckJones received nominations for his later "True Art" shorts, but not for "The Dover Boys", "One Froggy Evening", or "Duck Amuck".
** Averted at least once by Creator/FrizFreleng. His cartoon "Knighty Knight Bugs" was the only WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon to win an Academy Award.
* There was a stretch in the 1940s where ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' dominated the Best Animated Short Oscar category by winning a staggering total of seven Oscars.
* The comedic tone of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' has drawn criticism from fans of a DarkerAndEdgier Batman, so much so that one episode [[BreakingTheFourthWall punched the fourth wall in the face]] to deliver an eloquent defense of a LighterAndSofter show.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' is often dismissed for its frequent comedic tone. However, since the series is a CerebusRollercoaster, it can be plenty serious when it wants to be.
** Ironic, as its LighterAndSofter successor ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' has garnered high disdain by many fans of the original ''Teen Titans'' animated series.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. The comedy and seriousness are better balanced here, but the comedy part is always more apparent, hence why the deeper themes are overlooked by most.

* A very good example is ''Film/TheHangover'', a comedy that's basically RefugeInAudacity and CrossesTheLineTwice put on film -- it won the Golden Globe for Best Picture (Musical/Comedy), the first non-animated "pure comedy" film to do so in over two decades.
** Unfortunately [[{{Sequelitis}} the sequels]] play this straight and even the first film has suffered HypeBacklash.
* Usually, if comedies win any major awards, it's for a supporting performance. Examples include Creator/MelvynDouglas in ''Film/BeingThere'', John Gielgud in ''Film/{{Arthur}}'', Kevin Kline for ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'', Marisa Tomei in ''Film/MyCousinVinny'', Jack Palance in ''Film/CitySlickers'', and Alan Arkin in ''Film/LittleMissSunshine''. (In the first two cases, the lead actors also were nominated but didn't win.)
** And read what you like into how many of those were the StraightMan or OnlySaneMan to a more comedic protagonist.
* Want to have the best chance for winning an Oscar by appearing in a comedy? Appear in a Creator/WoodyAllen movie. Three actresses -- Dianne Wiest (''twice'', for ''Film/HannahAndHerSisters'' and ''Film/BulletsOverBroadway''), Mira Sorvino (''Mighty Aphrodite'') and Creator/PenelopeCruz (''Film/VickyCristinaBarcelona'') -- have won Best Supporting Actress. Creator/MichaelCaine won Best Supporting Actor for his role in ''Hannah and Her Sisters'' and Diane Keaton received Best Actress for playing the title character in ''Film/AnnieHall''. (Woody himself was only nominated once for Best Actor, and lost.)
* ''Film/AmericanBeauty'' had the tagline in the trailer "If you think a comedy can't be moving, if you think a drama can't be funny, look closer". The film is essentially a comedy with the drama coming to the forefront in maybe the last fifteen minutes and it is widely regarded as one of the best films of the '90s.
* There have been only four comedies winning Best Picture in the last 50-plus years. It's worth noting that three of these winners -- ''Film/TheApartment'' (1960), ''Film/AnnieHall'' (1977), and ''Film/ShakespeareInLove'' (1998) -- aren't regarded as ''pure'' comedies; they all contain significant dramatic elements, though when these occur in ''Annie Hall'' it's still played for laughs. The other winner, 1963's ''[[Literature/TheHistoryOfTomJonesAFoundling Tom Jones]]'', ''is'' a pure comedy, or very close to it... albeit one that's [[TheFilmOfTheBook adapted from a respected 18th-century British novel]].
** In a similar vein, it has been noted that in the Emmys there's been an increasing tendency to nominate and award 'comedies' that are actually very serious, dramatic and deal primarily with incredibly 'heavy' issues (such as ''Series/{{Transparent}}''), with several critics of this arguing that in some cases the only real difference between some of these shows and the winners for Best Drama is that the 'comedies' are only half an hour long.
* ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' is mostly a comedy and is regarded as one of the best installments of the series. Of course, the whole series is already in the SciFiGhetto.
* Considering cartoon comedies, ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' is a '''major''' exception. Such shorts as ''Quiet, Please!'' and ''Yankee Doodle Mouse'' got an Oscar for the Best Short Animated Film; although it's also worth noting that the number of shorts that won this award is the same that their amount that was only nominated. Before ''Tom and Jerry'', cutesy fare like ''SillySymphonies'' shorts tended to always win the award while zany comedies were overlooked.
* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' got an Oscar nomination for its original story. Naturally, it lost to ''Film/{{Witness}}'', but for a [[SciFiGhetto sci-fi]] teen comedy that's practically a Best Picture win.
* Creator/JuddApatow subverts this trope. His first two films were vulgar sex comedies (''Film/TheFortyYearOldVirgin'' and ''Film/KnockedUp'') that both wound up named among the best ten films of the year by the American Film Institute. His third, ''Film/FunnyPeople'', was markedly less of a comedy. He produced ''Film/{{Bridesmaids}}'' and it got two Academy Award nominations (one for Melissa [=McCarthy=]'s performance and another for the screenplay).
* Shakespeare himself applies as an exception. Literary scholars love his whole work: comedies, tragedies, histories, romances... everything. And everything has been on stage ever since he wrote it.
* Creator/CharlieChaplin devoted much of the latter part of his film career showing that his film comedies could do far more than provide a few laughs. As a result, he has been honored as one of the great filmmakers with sophisticated satires like ''Film/ModernTimes'', ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' and ''Film/MonsieurVerdoux''.
* ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'' by Creator/MarkTwain is the original UsefuNotes/GreatAmericanNovel, but it is mostly a comedic series of adventures, especially toward the end.
* Creator/JamesJoyce's ''Literature/{{Ulysses}}'', one of the best-regarded novels of the 20th century, is essentially a comedy. Joyce himself claimed there was "not one single serious line in it". Of course, it ''does'' have TrueArtIsIncomprehensible on its side.
** Ditto for ''Literature/FinnegansWake''. In fact, "Comedy" is just about the ''only'' [[GenreBusting genre it belongs to.]]
* Creator/FranzKafka read his books aloud to his friends while supposedly roaring with laughter, and he is considered one of the great writers of the 20th century. That said, his works are just as often described as "nightmarish and terrifying" by critics.
* ''Literature/DonQuixote'' is often cited as the greatest novel ever written, and it's a DeconstructiveParody of ChivalricRomances.
* ''Literature/{{Catch-22}}'' was ranked seventh on Modern Library's list of the greatest novels of the 20th century, and it's hilarious. Granted, it does get more serious later in the book.
* Creator/PGWodehouse, whose novels are often critically acclaimed as being the product of both a great writer and a comic genius.
* Sci-fi comedy ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' is considered a classic. Although literary critics often avoid it, reviewers have praised it and it has a very devoted cult following.
* ''Literature/AConfederacyOfDunces'' won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, a rare feat for a comedic novel.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' is probably the most zany and comically over-the-top series in the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' franchise, but owing to the mostly serious second season, it's often considered the best of them all by fans.
* ''Film/TropicThunder'' gave an Oscar nomination for Creator/RobertDowneyJr for his very, '''very''' [[CrossesTheLineTwice line-crossing]] character of Kirk Lazarus. Similarly, Downey and Creator/TomCruise were nominated for the golden globes.
* ''Film/TheProducers'' won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, and spawned a Broadway musical adaptation that set a record for most Tony wins. Creator/GeneWilder earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination, for ChewingTheScenery as the original Leo Bloom, but lost to Jack Albertson, who played John Cleary in ''The Subject Was Roses''.
* ''Film/AnnieHall'' won the Oscar for Best Picture, and although Creator/WoodyAllen lost as Best Actor in his best known role, he did so to ''another'' romantic comedy performance, Richard Dreyfuss in ''Film/TheGoodbyeGirl'', not to the top contender in the category, Creator/RichardBurton in the drama ''Film/{{Equus}}''.
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] initially with the VideoGame industry, and averting it altogether later on. Video games have leaned towards having fun more than anything else ever since the existence of [[{{VideoGame}} Pong]], and it wound up taking a while before the medium started being recognized as a way to tell serious stories while keeping the gameplay solid. Even today, both comedy-oriented games and drama-oriented games are treated equally by critics and fans alike. Case and point: [[http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/gone-home the grim, bleak Gone Home]] has nearly the exact same Metacritic score as [[http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/borderlands-2 the wacky, outrageous Borderlands 2]].
* Averted (and maybe inverted) with ''De HA! Van Humo'', which is one of the most prestigious awards that a show can get in Belgium. Of the 35 times that they handed out the award 10 went to comedies. By comparison only 3 drama's and 1 dramedy on Belgian television ever won the award. If one wonders where the rest of the awards go to one should keep in mind that they review everything on Belgian television. That also includes music programs, TV-hosts, documentaries, travel programs, satire news shows etc.
* Most of Creator/ShermanAlexie's fiction is at least ''slightly'' comedic (even if he tends towards [[BlackComedy very, very dark humor]]), and he's regularly cited as one of the foremost writers of literary fiction in TheNewTens. Not only does he often write humorous fiction, he's [[HeAlsoDid actually a practicing stand-up comic as well as an author]]. Lampshaded by the protagonist of his short story "What You Pawn I Will Redeem".
-->"The two funniest tribes I've ever been around are Indians and Jews, [[GallowsHumor so I guess that says something about the inherent humor of genocide]]."
* Despite their music being far down on the silly end of the SlidingScaleOfSillinessVsSeriousness, the Music/BeastieBoys are considered to be one of the greatest Hip-Hop groups of all time. ''Music/PaulsBoutique'', widely considered to be their MagnumOpus and one of the best Hip-Hop albums ever made, has almost no serious lines in it.
* Creator/TheCriterionCollection has never believed in this ghetto, nor does it regard certain sub-genres of comedy as superior to others; it has featured works from creators ranging from Creator/CharlieChaplin to Creator/JohnWaters.