->''"Ever since prehistoric times, wise men have tried to understand what exactly makes people laugh. That's why they were called wise men. All the other prehistoric people were out puncturing each other with spears, and the wise men were back in the cave saying:''
->'''How about: Here's my wife, please take her right now. No. How about: Would you like to take something? My wife is available. No. How about ...'"''
-->--'''Creator/DaveBarry''', ''Why Humor is Funny''

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[[DescribeTopicHere Describe Comedy here]].

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 and doesn't explain everything. One thing's for sure: comedy is funny.

Comedy, as something [[BlackComedy primarily]] [[KafkaKomedy happy]], is directly opposed to {{Tragedy}}, [[{{Dramedy}} but not so much]] {{Drama}}, and [[SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror can never be perfectly combined]] with {{Horror}}. And has been since the day it was conceived as a term, albeit not like we know today; comedy was something that either had a happy ending or was written in the common tongue, i.e. Dante's ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', {{Tragedy}} was something that had a sad ending. Propelled off of RuleOfFunny, comedy infects all art forms. Its hobbies include [[SatireParodyPastiche satires, parodies, pastiches,]] [[PlayedForLaughs playing for laughs,]] [[DeadpanSnarker snarking,]] [[RantComedy breathless ranting,]] {{Irony}}, and [[InherentlyFunnyWords hiding snickerdoodles in its knickerbockers]].

A list of UK comedy writer jargon, which includes many familiar tropes, can be found [[http://misterandyriley.com/2017/03/31/how-to-talk-comedy-writer-updated-2/ here.]]

A really, really long list of Comedy Tropes can be found at ComedyTropes.
!!Comedy of Note:

* The Creator/MarxBrothers
* Creator/CharlieChaplin was arguably the first major film comedian.
* Creator/BusterKeaton: Silent film icon known for performing physical comedy and stunts while maintaining a stoic, deadpan expression which earned him the nickname "The Great Stone Face".
* FattyArbuckle: One of the biggest comedic stars in the silent age of film, specializing in slapstick comedy and introduced the PieInTheFace gag. He is also known for being tried 3 times for the rape and manslaughter of actress Virigina Rappe (which he ended up being acquitted) in amongst one of the earliest major Hollywood scandals.
* Creator/MelBrooks
* ''Film/{{Airplane}}''
* ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}''
* ''Film/KindHeartsAndCoronets''
* ''Film/KidsInAmerica''
* ''Film/SwissArmyMan''

* Creator/PGWodehouse
* Creator/DouglasAdams
* Creator/TerryPratchett
* Creator/MarkTwain; first "American" humorist.
* Along the same lines, Creator/AmbroseBierce, writer of ''Literature/TheDevilsDictionary''.
* Creator/WilliamShakespeare - Master of English tragedy though he was, he also wrote a lot of ridiculously funny (and often extremely dirty) comedies.
* ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales''

* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' turned comedy on its head with surrealism.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' took all the comedy that came before it, and threw it into a blender, creating the foundation for modern humor. It does this once a decade.
* ''Creator/AbbottAndCostello''
* ''Series/BritainsGotThePopFactor''
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' and ''Series/TheColbertReport''
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' puts Jerry Seinfeld on this list ''twice''.
* ''Series/KathAndKim''
* ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall''
* ''Series/{{SCTV}}''
* ''Series/MrShow''
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''
* ''Series/{{Pizza}}''

* Music/SpikeJones
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic
* Music/FrankZappa

* ''Radio/TheBurkissWay'' - mad wordplay and a HurricaneOfPuns
* ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' - the series that revolutionised British radio comedy and inspired [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Python]]'s surrealism.
* ''Radio/TheHitchHikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' - did for radio comedy at the turn of the eighties what The Goons did in the fifties.
* ''Radio/SonOfCliche'': the precursor to a [[Series/RedDwarf tv series]].

* ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice''

* ''Website/SomethingAwful''
* ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog''
* ''Website/TheOnion''
* ''{{Website/Cracked}}''
* ''WebVideo/ItalianSpiderman''

* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' doesn't have the highest laugh quotient around, but it ''is'' a comedy, and ''is'' a big name.
** On a larger scale, most newspaper comics are either comedies (''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'', ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine''), dramas (most superhero strips, ''ComicStrip/RexMorganMD'') or [[CerebusSyndrome something of both]] (''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse''). Quality may vary wildly.

* Creator/RichardPryor brought racial comedy into the mix.
* Creator/GeorgeCarlin derived most of his humor through cynicism.
* Creator/LennyBruce was a sort of proto-Carlin, using edgy comedy that upset MoralGuardians.
* [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Jerry Seinfeld]] is often attributed with inventing observational comedy.
* Creator/EddieIzzard is similarly attributed with kick-starting Absurdist humor.
* Creator/RobinWilliams
* Creator/BillHicks

* Most Creator/LucasArts point-and-click adventure games.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}''

* ''Webcomic/WorkingDoodles''

* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
* Creator/{{Disney}}
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''