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What makes a comedy movie? Is it the same as it’s always been?

What’s Movie Comedy Anyway?

Comedy is a type of movie that has been specially designed to draw the audiences laughter. It usually has very slight degree of drama and is story focused to a basic extent.

The comedy story is generally set by telling you about an unrealistic or supernatural situation and inserting plenty of joke scenes and funny characters into the movie. Comedies find the deficiencies, foibles, and frustrations of living, and provide a fun and short run through often drawing experience from regular daily living. Also most all comedies have happy endings, not all but most, although the fun may have a good or negative aspect on the characters and in indeed the watchers.

Back in the early 2000s, the American Movie Institute (AFI) identified America’s top 100, they judged many of the best comedy movie producers all over the country, it eventuates into a “panel” of more than 1, 000 of the comedy- related American movie professionals and included directors, actors, cinematographers, screenwriters, editors, and critics.

Fast forward 20 years, many sites and comedy movie books are trying hard to collect listings of the funniest scenes or funniest comedy movies in our long and illustrious series of comedic movie stories.

Here is a short list of some Types of comedy movies, this list is no no means exhaustive and to browse more you can click here for our Golden Class take on Comedy.

1. Black or Dark Comedy

These are blue, biting, funny, or sarcastic stories that assist us in analysing whether or not we should ignore darker and serious or bearish subjects such as warfare, death, or sickness. It challenges our attitudes and belief in a somber way. Not the most cheerful of the sub genres.


This kind of comedy was better exemplified by the expression-less cheek of unemotional humorous champions, Buster Keaton is a good example. Perhaps Napoleon Dynamite could fit the list.

3. Screwball

Screwball comedy, a sub-genre of amorous comedy movies, this was predominantly from the mid-1930s to the mid-1940s. The language ‘screwball’ denotes craziness, lunacy, eccentricity, ridiculousness, and unreliable conduct. A real breath of fresh air at the time.
Screwball comedies were first launched around mid-1930s, and made their entrance after the coming of the home telephone and the cultural disturbances of the Depression.
This style of comedy provided by another new age of writers and directors offered escapist amusement for Depression-era audiences through some of the 30s and into the 40s – particularly after the rigid enforcement of the Hays Code took place. Screwball comedies were marked by cultural irony, providing a comedic backup through zany, fast and frenzied events, lots of gags, sarcasm, screwy game twists, identification reversals, and precisely-timed, fast verbal dueling with witty biting dialog – combining the goofy with more advanced mindsets.

4. Parody or Spoof – also Satire, Lampoon and Farce

These types of comedies also known as put-ons, send-ups, charades, lampoons, take-offs, jests, mockumentaries, etc.) are usually a strange or anarchic take-off that ridicules, impersonates, punctures, scoffs at, and/or imitates (mimics) the ways, conventions, formulas, characters (by caricature), or motifs of a bad businesses, movies and performers.

5. Slapstick

This was all kick started with the early silent movies, since the makers didn’t want sounds from the movie to be included, this physical and literal poke in the eye style comedy became very effective. At first when introduced, slapstick rapidly become common and well know amongst non-English speaking audiences in metropolitan areas. The condition slapstick was taken from the wooden sticks that clowns slapped with fervently to both accompany and elicit more clapping from audiences.
As far as collectibility goes Comedy is not such a sought after genre, certainly not like Horror Sci-Fi and Action. Still the magic of a good comedy is undeniable when you decide on one to watch. There are so many awesome titles to choose from and offer a fantastic choice if you are picking a movie to compliment or lift your mood.

As said previously this is by no means an exhaustive list. If you want more check out our comedy sub genres page . We have many hidden gems to provide you with plenty of inspiration on what to watch today.
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