The book “Falling Up” by Shel Silverstein was mostly based on comedy. For example, the poems are so unrealistic. Some poems also have a twist at the end. A funny twist not a serious ending. Moreover, poems aren’t usually serious especially by Shel Silverstein.
Whether it be the most well known comedians that give you a laugh to some small joke told to you by a friend, everyone has something they find funny. Humor and love are arguably some of the strongest emotions that can be displayed. William Shakespeare historically used these two emotions to connect to his readers while writing tragedies and comedies. Two of William Shakespeare’s classic plays, Romeo and Juliet, and Much Ado About Nothing have many similarities, but also have many differences. The character Mercutio from Romeo and Juliet and the character Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing are very similar, yet very different.
‘The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet’ he named it. On beholding this wonder of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, we are driven into world of passions, destructions and unifications. The use of eloquent language, charming verses and picturesque settings are always highly spoken of. However, the brilliancy of the use of the Butterfly Effect in the ‘Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet’ is worth marvelling over. Perhaps the ‘tragedy’ would have been made into a ‘comedy’, if and only if certain events had unfolded themselves in a different way.
The controversy over Hicks’ material was so great that Letterman refused to air it on television. His style of dark humor crossed several lines that some people were not comfortable with. In his commentary, Hicks relates to the reading on Jewish comedy by Whitfield: “The Distinctiveness of Jewish Humor.” Hicks often jokes about religion and his intelligence is a main focal point of his routine. In this sense, Hicks is closely tied to the intellectual elitism aspect of Jewish comedy. The way in which Hicks exposed the flaws in our society through his standup routines makes his standup career the most influential by allowing him to inspire other comedians while still providing social value to his jokes.
Thoughtful Laughter For centuries satirical novels have inspired audiences by using wit and humor to ignite thoughtful laughter. This thoughtful laughter implements comical sarcasm to highlight prominent issues in society. Voltaire’s Candide and Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens both use satirical techniques such as tone, irony, litotes, hyperboles, and, parodies to criticize stereotypes, greed, and corruption. Both novels are centered on their main characters plight, with Candide’s dangerous adventures and the beauty contestants ‘struggle for survival. However, the tones of the novels contradict the setting as the tones are playful and bubbly.
This creates an emphasis on Romeo’s utter affixation with love. Mercutio’s playfulness and ability to make a serious subject humorous and reasonable bring out the deep, dark, and depressing side of Romeo, who is completely the opposite when it comes to love. Romeo does not see love as a joke and we see him fall into a depression, Mercutio only makes this sadness more apparent as he talks so jokingly of love. Shakespeare uses Mercutio to lighten Romeo’s depression and make it more
His intention in lampooning was for his audience to enjoy the irony and sarcasm of his work while criticizing the foolish view of the upper class. During the time play’s release, many critics wrote about their opinions of the play. Some critics saw his work as a fantasy, others said it was burlesque, but there were also critics who understood Wilde’s purpose for writing this play (Kohl 272). For instance, Norbert Kohl said, “He is made to laugh at the hollow superficiality hidden behind the mask of earnestness, and to mock the rich facade…” (Kohl 272). Khol clearly understood that Wilde’s purpose of writing The Importance of Being Earnest was to publicly and comically criticize the rich.
Play Analysis – Essay 1 “Much Ado About Nothing “ Submitted by Noor Ul Ain Shaikh (BSMS 2A) What seems to be a comedy play for an audience who enjoys a theatre with good humor and romance, “Much Ado About Nothing” contains much more than just entertainment. If we dig in deep, William Shakespeare’s play has much more than a tragic story with happy ending; even that is debatable. The theme of this play revolves around deception, plotting against your own, personal gains and rejection. The audience may understand the concept of love and romance flowing within the characters because it was to portrayed that way but the critics would argue the fact that some of the characters like Beatrice and Benedick were made to fall in love with each other through deception. As simple as the characters were, the situations arousing in the play became more complexed as scenes passed by.
However, positive or negative factors may influence the development of someone’s character. Throughout the play, Iago portrays himself as malicious, while Othello portrays himself as affectionate through his own use of diction, but everything changes as Othello is baited by Iago’s lies and begins to mirror, in his actions and words, the evil Iago embodies. Toward the beginning of the play, Iago and Othello appear to be complete opposites. In terms of good and evil, Iago depicted himself as evil through his harsh word choices, while with sentimental word choices Othello conveyed the good. Immediately, Iago reveals his monstrous character, full of hatred, without a drop of shame as he declares, “I hate the Moor” (1.3.386).
The purpose of comedy is to tickle those emotions into an expression of light relief; of tragedy, to wound them and bring relief of tears. Disgust and terror are the other points of the compass.” Through the outcomes of both plays, the audience is able to receive some hard truths and be confronted with reality. In their respective ways, the two plays reveal truths about the human experience in the way that the plays are symbolic of very real human or societal problems. Sophocles’ Greek tragedy, Oedipus Rex, has a fateful plot with a tragic ending. His play follows the conventions of tragedy, implementing plot, character development,
Many of the puns in the play are put in frequently for humor, with one main goal of making the audience laugh. In the opening scene of Act One, two capulet servants named Gregory and Sampson, boast about what they will do if they run into a Montague. Sampson:
He sounds ridiculous; war sounds ridiculous. War exists merely as a series of “invented games” played by people of power to “break the monotony” of existence. Viewing the letters’ censorship in such a way creates a sense of humor through a contrast of the reader’s light-hearted expectations with the meaningless of war. Bolstering this parallel between war and the protagonist, Yossarian sustains an eccentric stance against “modifiers.” This is oddly reminiscent of WWII, or any war, in which a group of people who differ from the majority become the targets of mass discrimination. Relating a grammatical structure to an oppressed race stands cold, yet sadistically comedic.
The sequence is also framed like the first exchange between a slightly prudish, upstanding young woman and an overly aggressive courter, made comedic only by the fact that we know that Daphne is not a woman. Throughout the scene, we see close ups of Daphne’s ankle as it is fondled by Osgood, unwanted sexual advances in the elevator, and consistently suggestive dialogue with a sexual undercurrent. Not only is Wilder flipping the gender script, he is also playing as comedy something that perhaps would not have gotten past the censors otherwise. While this kind of crossdressing comedy certainly reinforces rather than challenges the gender binary, what is significant about the way Daphne is treated in this sequence—and the way Daphne and Josephine are presented on their first reveal as women—is the singular kind of self-awareness Wilder exhibits. He is playing by the book in terms of dialogue and even editing, but there is a knowingness to it, a sly nudge-and-wink to the audience—that because this is a Marilyn Monroe film, and because of the kind of fame that is attached to her and to Tony Curtis, this is what you expect and not what you expect.
Mandel being an comedy actor is a relief of expressing his emotions/ feelings by making people happy. His symptoms like fears of germs, ritualistic behavior, meaningless repetition of words or repetitive movements “helped “ him to be a good comedian. That way he can hide the reality of his disease by acting or making funny movements or speeches. I understood from this video that OCD and comedy have something in common: that performing comedy is the time when Mandel has to really force every ounce of concentration instead worry about what has happened, what might happen, or get into that vicious circle of dark
The relationship between Beatrice and Benedick exposes the truth in a manner that removes the significance of the lies. Whereas Claudio and Hero’s connection still relies on the treacheries as a crucial property to flourish. These juxtaposing relationships illustrate how varied human relations can be when fabrications are at the center. As the play matures the relationships developed at different degrees into opposing situations: one growing stronger while the other was weakened due to the deceptions. In these final lines, Shakespeare is exposing how circumstances can contrast even amongst comparable conditions.