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|13th November 2003, 02:01 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2001
What Makes Sitcoms Comic?
It may sound like a strange question, but it isn't.
I'm sure there are more than a few of us who have found themselves chained to the armchair (from boredom) during Friends, or other so called comedy sitcoms and have wondered why isn't this amusing?
So what style of sitcom do you find hits the giggle spot?
We have the modern US style, Friends, 3rd Rock etc. Symbolised particularly by the fact that the 'actors' are paid by the wise crack, spraying them around like bullets from Rambo's machine gun. Often to the tune of chronic canned laughter and sarcasam?(I'll leave it to others to say if there is a coherent plot, they completely defeat me?)
There are the older and original US sitcoms, I Love Lucy, I Dream of Jeanie etc. Still full of wise cracks, but generally slower with them and more satrical. These are much simpler to follow relying on and making use of common situations to create comedy?
(SitCom, is it in the name?)
Or perhaps classic British style black comedy- Rising Damp, Steptoe & Son. Where the humour is subtle and slowly built through out the course of the episode?
Slapstick and Farce
Or finally comes, what seems to be another largely British specialty, Slapstick and Farce- Fawlty Towers, Red Dwarf, Bilko?. Where a very real (for the situation) story is played out, often in the most elaborately exaggerated (and comic) way. Making full use of words and images to draw your attention both too and away from the comedy?
Or perhaps you may have your own definitions?
There are a lot more ways to divide sitcoms up!
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