Comedy film

A comedy film is a category of film which emphasizes humor.[1] These films are designed to make the audience laugh through amusement.[2] Films in this style traditionally have a happy ending (black comedy being an exception).[3][1] Comedy is one of the oldest genres in film and it is derived from the classical comedy in theatre.[4] Some of the earliest silent films were comedies, as slapstick comedy often relies on visual depictions, without requiring sound.[5] When sound films became more prevalent during the 1930s, comedy films took another swing, as laughter could result from burlesque situations but also dialogue.[4]

Comedy, compared with other film genres, puts much more focus on individual stars, with many former stand-up comics transitioning to the film industry due to their popularity.[6][1]

In The Screenwriters Taxonomy (2017), Eric R. Williams contends that film genres are fundamentally based upon a film's atmosphere, character, and story. Therefore the labels "drama" and "comedy" are too broad to be considered a genre.[7] Instead, his comedy taxonomy argues that comedy is a type of film that contains at least a dozen different sub-types.[8]


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