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Comedy Terms

Darla Jones

Vocabulary for types, elements, and levels of comedy.

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1.Comedy of Ideas
5.Characterized by horseplay and physical action
7.A humorous play on words
8.Mockery of a certain person or work; requires prior knowledge of the subject being ridiculed
9.Character Inconsistency
11.Something said or done to evoke laughter or amusement, especially an amusing story with a punch line.
12.The unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar
15.Humor of Situation
16.Play on words or names, such as Amanda Livermore Cole
17.A humorous play involving characters in unlikely and ridiculous situations
18.Irony, sarcasm, or caustic wit used to attack or expose folly, vice, or stupidity. Usually geared toward an institution, ideology, or person.
19.A type of comedy developed in Italy in the 16th and 17th centuries; characterized by improvisation;use of stock characters, traditional masks and costumes
2.Obscenity, Profanity, Scatology
3.Verbal Wit
4.In the 20th and 21st centuries, this has come to be a genre of adult entertainment, focusing on aspects of humor, satire and sexual tantalization
6.An incident or situation having both comic and tragic elements.
10.Work in which the overall intent is to amuse
13.Anything that seems out of place, out of time, or out of character.
14.Physical Mishaps

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