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What Are the Different Comedy Genres?

Marjorie McAtee
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Updated May 23, 2024
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There are several comedy genres, each making use of humor in its own way. Some of the most common comedy genres include physical comedy, such as slapstick, and black comedy, which seeks to make light of serious topics like death and war. Horror comedy, which usually incorporates humorous elements into traditional horror-story plots, may be considered a type of black comedy. Parody, which normally makes fun of things or people in the world, is another popular comedy genre. Other genres of comedy generally include dramatic comedy, romantic comedy, action comedy, and surreal comedy.

Romantic comedy may be among the most popular and oldest comedy genres. In this genre of comedy, lovers are typically placed in a difficult situation. Their budding relationship may face a series of obstacles. Romantic comedy stories are generally kept light in theme, and usually have a happy ending, in which the lovers overcome their obstacles and live happily ever after. The realities of romance are generally glossed over and the romantic relationship is typically idealized.

A dramatic comedy is normally defined as a comedy in which dramatic, serious events take place as often as comedic events. In this type of comedy, both serious and funny events are balanced against one another. It can sometimes be similar to black comedy, a comedy genre which typically deals with dark and often uncomfortable themes. The black comedy audience may often find itself simultaneously disturbed and amused. Some horror movies are considered a part of the black comedy genre, because they integrate humorous elements into stories are traditionally not treated humorously, such as vampire or zombie stories.

Parody is a type of comedy that seeks to poke fun at things and people that exist in the real world. There are several types of parody, such as the mockumentary, a humorous, fictional film that presents itself in the style of a traditional, non-fiction documentary. Spoofs are also considered a type of parody. This type of comedy usually uses satire and may present an underlying message about politics or society.

Physical comedy is a type of comedy that generally relies on humor generated from the physical movements of the comedian. In slapstick, for instance, humor typically arises from exaggerated physical violence. Physical comedy need not, however, incorporate simulated violence. Humorous facial expressions or exaggerated gestures and movements are often used.

Comedy genres like surreal comedy may also use elements reminiscent of physical comedy. Surreal comedy generally uses ridiculous jokes and situations that would not occur in the real world. Action comedy may also use some physical comedy elements, especially since its characters are usually responsible for delivering its humor.

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Marjorie McAtee
By Marjorie McAtee , Former Writer
Marjorie McAtee, a talented writer and editor with over 15 years of experience, brings her diverse background and education to everything she writes. With degrees in relevant fields, she crafts compelling content that informs, engages, and inspires readers across various platforms. Her ability to understand and connect with audiences makes her a skilled member of any content creation team.

Discussion Comments

By fify — On May 10, 2014

@serenesurface-- Do you like parodies or political satires? The goal for both types of comedies is to make people think while also entertaining them, so I think you would enjoy them.

I'm a fan of courtroom drama comedies or satires. Not many films in this genre get made either, but as a lawyer, I find it amusing. This genre is also intelligent comedy as it usually points out the shortcomings in legal systems through comedy.

By serenesurface — On May 09, 2014

@discographer-- I agree with you. Horror comedies can be a lot of fun if they are done well.

Slapstick comedy and romantic comedy are probably the most popular and most well known comedy genres. I personally find both overrated, possibly because they're so overdone. There is a new romantic comedy releasing almost every weekend. It has been overdone as a genre and I've actually started to find this genre of comedy to be boring.

I'm more interested in comedy genres where different themes seem almost contradictory, like horror and comedy as you said or drama and comedy. Drama comedy or dramedy is not frequently done but I think I prefer this type of comedy. Dramedies actually get me to think. There are so many films (especially slapstick variety) that get me to laugh but when I leave the theater, I can barely tell you what the film was about. A drama comedy on the other hand, has something to teach and it stays with me for a long time. And since it's also funny, I think it's a complete, intelligent entertainer.

By discographer — On May 09, 2014

I never knew that horror comedy could be so fun. I saw a horror comedy film recently about zombies. I didn't realize that it's possible for a film to be horror and comedy at the same time. I didn't think that it could be pulled off but it can be. I think that this is now my favorite film genre. I've always liked comedies but horror comedies are even more entertaining.

Marjorie McAtee

Marjorie McAtee

Former Writer

Marjorie McAtee, a talented writer and editor with over 15 years of experience, brings her diverse background and education to everything she writes. With degrees in relevant fields, she crafts compelling content that informs, engages, and inspires readers across various platforms. Her ability to understand and connect with audiences makes her a skilled member of any content creation team.
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