How we change what others think, feel, believe and do
Comedies make you smile, laugh or guffaw. They have a feel-good factor that leads to overall and often relaxed enjoyment.
Typical comic plots include:
Here are a number of different types of comedy:
Humor is largely based on unexpected events. When we predict something and it does not happen as expected, then for some strange human reason, we often laugh, particularly if no harm is done (well, it's better than crying or getting cross).
Comedy is also very much about timing. Even fractions of a second can make a difference when telling funny stories or acting in a comedy.
Many stories have elements of comedy in them, sometimes as light relief from the otherwise-suspenseful action.
Telling humorous stories can relax people and build a good atmosphere. People who can tell funny stories have lots of friends and are often the center of attention at parties.
A common aspect of comedy is personal transformation as people become enlightened. Sins are forgiven. Villains are redeemed. The ignorant become wise. The lost find their way. In this way comedies offer hope. As Booker says, 'the essence of Comedy is always that some redeeming truth has to be brought out from the shadows into the light.'
Comedic focus on the truth can allow exploration of embarrassing situations and other things about which we normally do not talk. By the same principle comedies may be about revelation, as the true nature of characters and situations gradually appear. Even the plot may be initially disguised and the fact of it being comedy remain unclear.