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Poll: The Many Types of Comedy

What is your favorite type of comedy?

After voting, you may discuss the list here

(definitions 'borrowed' from Wikipedia)

Make Your Choice

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    Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski (1998)

    COMEDY OF ERRORS: Comedy that involves people being mistaken for other people and/or when mistakes are further made creating more confusion, chaos and as many humorous situations as possible. STARS: Peter Sellers, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg...
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    Charles Chaplin and Ben Turpin in His New Job (1915)

    SLAPSTICK COMEDY : When physical comedy that includes pratfalls, tripping, falling, contains a cartoonish style of violence, generally harmless and goofy in tone. STARS: Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, The Three Stooges...
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    Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in Annie Hall (1977)

    ROMANTIC COMEDY: (or romcom) A genre with light-hearted, humorous plotlines, centered on romantic ideals such as that true love is able to surmount most obstacles. STARS: Woody Allen, Katharine Hepburn, Meg Ryan...
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    SATIRE: A genre in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, corporations, government, or society itself into improvement. STARS: Sacha Baron Cohen, Trey Parker & Matt Stone, Monty Python...
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    Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

    FARCE: Comedy that aims at entertaining the audience through situations that are highly exaggerated, extravagant, and thus improbable. STARS: Jim Carrey, Will Ferrell, Mike Meyers...
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    SCREWBALL COMEDY: A humorous battle of the sexes with fast-paced repartee, farcical situations, escapist themes, and plot lines involving courtship and marriage. STARS: Cary Grant, Carole Lombard, Clark Gable...
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    Jackie Chan in Rush Hour (1998)

    ACTION COMEDY : A subgenre involving action and humour that became popular in the '80s, when actors known for their background in comedy began to take roles in action films, thrillers or action-laden sci-fi movies. STARS: Will Smith, Jackie Chan, Ryan Reynolds...
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    Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle in Young Frankenstein (1974)

    PARODY: (or spoof) Comedy meaning to imitate, make fun of, or comment on an original work or genre tropes by means of satiric or ironic imitation STARS: Leslie Nielsen, Mel Brooks, Marlon Wayans...
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    Robin Williams and Nathan Lane in The Birdcage (1996)

    COMEDY OF MANNERS: A form of comedy that satirizes contemporary society and questions societal standards. It often sacrifices the plot, which usually centers on some scandal, to witty dialogue and sharp social commentary. STARS: Steve Carrell, Julia Roberts, Audrey Hepburn...
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    Cary Grant in Arsenic and Old Lace (1942)

    BLACK COMEDY: A comic style that makes light of subject matter that is generally considered taboo, particularly subjects that are normally considered serious or painful to discuss. STARS: Alec Guinness, Steve Buscemi, Brad Pitt...
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    Paul Hogan in Crocodile Dundee (1986)

    FISH OUT OF WATER COMEDY: Comedy where the main character finds himself in an unusual environment, which drives most of the humour. Situations can be satirical comedy-drama & black comedy as sometimes as fantasy or sci-fi comedy. STARS: Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, John Candy...
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    Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx, and The Marx Brothers in Duck Soup (1933)

    ANARCHIC COMEDY: A random or stream-of-consciousness type of humour which often lampoons a form of authority. STARS: The Marx Brothers, John Belushi, Bill Murray...
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    Shannon Elizabeth and Jason Biggs in American Pie (1999)

    GROSS-OUT COMEDY: A genre in which comedy is motivated by sexual or heavily vulgar situations and/or toilet-humor. STARS: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill...
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    Jack Lemmon in The Apartment (1960)

    COMEDY DRAMA: (or dramedy) A genre in which plot elements are a combination of comedy and drama. STARS: Jack Lemmon, Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson...
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    Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain (1952)

    MUSICAL COMEDY: A subgenre that combines songs, spoken dialogue, dance and of course, comedy. STARS: Gene Kelly, Julie Andrews, Fred Astaire...
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    Lucille Ball in I Love Lucy (1951)

    SITUATION COMEDY: (or sitcom) A genre of comedy centered on a fixed set of characters who carry over from episode to episode. STARS: Lucille Ball, Jerry Seinfeld, Kelsey Grammer...
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    Swing Shift Cinderella (1945)

    ANIMATED COMEDY: TV programs, sitcoms, short films or movies aimed at children or a more mature audience when intended for satire, caricature or humour. STARS: Bugs Bunny, Charlie Brown, Homer Simpson...
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    Bill Murray, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, and Gilda Radner in Saturday Night Live (1975)

    SKETCH COMEDY: A genre where a troupe may use new characters in each sketch. STARS: Benny Hill, Bill Murray, Kermitt the Frog...
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    Richard Pryor in Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip (1982)

    STAND-UP COMEDY: A genre where a comedian tells jokes and stories to an audience. STARS: Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Dave Chappelle...
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    Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

    COMIC RELIEF: Comedy or wisecrack or aside in order to temporarily relieve or lessen the tension and give the audience a short break STARS: Joe Pesci, Burt Young, Timothy Carey...

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