Questions tagged [comedy]

Questions related to comedy, which is usually understood as works that are intended to be humorous. Use this tag for questions about the concept of comedy as a whole, not just about specific works of comedy. The concept dates back to Ancient Greece and has evolved a lot since then. Not everything that bears the label of comedy is currently perceived as humorous of funny.

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Is there a formal term for “mispronunciation as a comedic device”?

Mispronunciation can be a comedic device. (Zach Galifianakis has regularly used the device in situational comedy.) I was trying to discuss the device formally, but couldn't recall a formal term ...
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UK comedy book about a man falsely accused of murder while his wife is off with the new neighbours

This should be easy to remember, but I'm having a senior moment. In the 1980s, potentially early 1990s, I read a very funny book about a man who's wife goes off with the new neighbours on a houseboat ...
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What is the function of comedy for Frye?

I have come across this quote from Northrop Frye: the social judgment against the absurd is closer to the comic norm than the moral judgment against the wicked. What is meant by it? Can anyone ...
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Short story that poked fun at certain authority figures (presidents or prime ministers) via implications of incompetence

I would like to identify a comedic book that was recommended​ to me some time ago. I don't remember much, but here is a brief description: The title may have contained a person's name... If memory ...
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Are the comic elements of Conrad's The Secret Agent intentional?

Conrad's novel The Secret Agent is a critique of the way authoritarian tendencies react to the perceived threat of terrorism. The story it tells is, in most respects, extremely bleak. There are, ...