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By David Misch

(Applause Books). humorous: The e-book is an interesting examine the artwork of comedy, from its ancient roots to the most recent clinical findings, with diversions into the worlds of films (Buster Keaton and the Marx Brothers), tv ( The workplace ), prose (Woody Allen, Robert Benchley), theater ( front web page ), jokes and stand-up comedy (Richard Pryor, Steve Martin), in addition to own memories from the author's reviews on such television courses as Mork and Mindy . With allusions to the not-always-funny Carl Jung, George Orwell, and Arthur Koestler, humorous: The publication explores the evolution, theories, ideas, and perform of comedy, in addition to the mental, philosophical, or even theological underpinnings of humor, coming to the belief that (Spoiler Alert!) Comedy is God.

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A body part was featured in the first movie ever made, The Sneeze, directed by Thomas Edison. Over the course of its three-second running time, you get a powerful sense of what a sneeze was like in 1894. ) One of the first figures in American film comedy was Canadian. Vaudevillian Mack Sennett worked for legendary director D. W. Griffith’s studio in New Jersey and starred in an early comedy short in 1909. A few years later, he produced the first full-length comedy, Tillie’s Punctured Romance (1914), with Charlie Chaplin supporting Mabel Normand, who became one of the first woman directors.

For Aristotle, a typical comedy had a hapless, ugly guy who can’t do anything right eventually getting what he wants, usually a pretty girl. Clearly Aristotle was looking to collaborate with Judd Apatow. In Athens, you could see political satire performed by comic poets and in the plays of Aristophanes, who worked blue, with lots of sex and scatology. Gradually, stock comic characters emerged, like senex iratus—the grumpy old man who tries to stop his kid from getting married and ends up doing the same things he got mad at the kid for, which makes ancient Greek theater at its pinnacle roughly equivalent to an ABC sitcom of the ’80s.

In the way he snipes at anyone and anything, he updates the brash character of the Yankee (p. 68). But the unexpected suppleness and lightness—watch him dance—the nonchalant breaking of the fourth wall1 by talking to the audience, and the serious delight he takes in unabashed silliness—that is the one and only Groucho. One of the Original Lines The Marxes grew up in a Jewish tenement on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and began performing as young kids—first as a music act, gradually becoming comedians, with each boy doing one of the ethnic parodies popular at the time; Chico’s ludicrous Italian accent was a remnant of those days.

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