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Playing With: Funny Character, Boring Actor
Basic Trope: Comedic characters played by dull actors.
  • Straight: Funny Bob is funny, but the actor who played him, Serious Bob, is boring.
  • Exaggerated: Funny Bob has won awards for Best Comedy Character, but no-one will interview Serious Bob because of his monosyllabic answers, droning voice and lifeless mannerisms.
  • Downplayed: Funny Bob is a Deadpan Snarker, but Serious Bob is just deadpan.
  • Justified:
    • Serious Bob can't be funny without writers writing all his jokes for him.
    • Serious Bob is shy and reserved, but feels more comfortable playing a character.
  • Inverted: Bob the actor is a very funny man, but his character is incredibly dull.
  • Subverted: Serious Bob is being interviewed and is really dull and droning... until it turns out that he's being intentionally dull as a joke, which he ends with a hilarious punchline.
  • Double Subverted: It turns out that the punchline was scripted. He's not really that funny.
  • Parodied: Funny Bob makes jokes that make people's heads explode with laughter onscreen, but Serious Bob causes people to commit suicide or die from boredom when he's offscreen.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Bob is funny (or boring) both onscreen and off.
  • Enforced: Alice meets Bob, who plays Funny Bob on her favorite sitcom. To avoid having Bob upstage the regulars (and to save on writing funny jokes), Bob is written as boring in real life.
  • Lampshaded: A character complains about a Funny Character, Boring Actor on the Show Within a Show. The camera cuts to Bob.
  • Invoked: Bob intentionally acts unfunny during interviews to keep from having to do more interviews.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Serious Bob takes improv classes and learns to be more funny when put on the spot.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: One of Bob's co-stars works Serious Bob's boringness into her stand-up routine.

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