comedy

Definitions

  • Light Comedy Man of the Period
    Light Comedy Man of the Period
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n comedy a comic incident or series of incidents
    • n comedy light and humorous drama with a happy ending
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are songs in all of Shakespeare's plays except The Comedy of Errors.
    • n Comedy A dramatic composition, or representation of a bright and amusing character, based upon the foibles of individuals, the manners of society, or the ludicrous events or accidents of life; a play in which mirth predominates and the termination of the plot is happy; -- opposed to tragedy. "With all the vivacity of comedy .""Are come to play a pleasant comedy ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1992, Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon, better known to country music fans as singer/comedienne Minnie Pearl, was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President George Bush. In 1994, Minnie became the first woman to be inducted into the Comedy Hall of Fame. She was too frail and sick to attend the ceremony, and so good friend and comedian George Lindsey ("Goober") accepted the award for her. She died in 1996 at age 83.
    • n comedy That branch of the drama which addresses itself primarily to the sense of the humorous or the ridiculous: opposed to tragedy, which appeals to the more serious and profound emotions. See drama and tragedy.
    • n comedy In a restricted sense, a form of the drama which is humorous without being broadly or grossly comical: distinguished from farce.
    • n comedy A dramatic composition written in the style of comedy; a comic play or drama.
    • n comedy Hence A humorous or comic incident or series of incidents in real life.
    • n comedy A narrative poem: applied to the Divina Commedia (‘Divine Comedy’) of Dante. See Dante and Divina Commedia in the Cyclopedia of Names.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Before he became famous for his TV comedy work, the late Phil Hartman worked as a talented and respected graphic designer. In fact, he was the designer of the logo for Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.
    • n Comedy kom′e-di a dramatic piece of a pleasant or humorous character, originally accompanied with dancing and singing
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Quotations

  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy.”
  • Angela Carter
    Angela%20Carter
    “Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people.”
  • Charlie Chaplin
    Charlie%20Chaplin
    “All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.”
  • Marty Feldman
    Marty Feldman
    “Comedy, like sodomy, is an unnatural act.”
  • Christopher Fry
    Christopher Fry
    “Comedy is an escape, not from truth but from despair; a narrow escape into faith.”
  • Warren Mitchell
    Warren Mitchell
    “Comedy comes from conflict, from hatred.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. comédie, L. comoedia, fr. Gr. ; a jovial festivity with music and dancing, a festal procession, an ode sung at this procession (perh. akin to village, E. home,) + to sing; for comedy was originally of a lyric character. See Home, and Ode
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. kōmōdia, kōmos, revel, ōdē, song.

Usage

In literature:

We now find him irresistibly impelled to try his hand at comedy, and he accordingly wrote the six which are published with his other works.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851" by Various
Busoni's "Comedy Overture" in C major given by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
INTERMEZZO (Zwischenspiel); a comedy in three acts; 1904 (1905).
"The Lonely Way--Intermezzo--Countess Mizzie" by Arthur Schnitzler
More comedy than romance, he thought, Taterleg on one side of the fence, that girl on the other.
"The Duke Of Chimney Butte" by G. W. Ogden
He reminded me of the handsome young lieutenant in a musical comedy.
"Kid Scanlan" by H. C. Witwer
Do you mind if I put it in my comedy.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
Comedy of intrigue and comedy of character lead to no real catastrophe.
"The American Mind" by Bliss Perry
Blank verse, then, is the predominating musical form of Shakspeare's comedies, histories, and tragedies.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 57, No. 352, February 1845" by Various
The old Greeks had comedies, and our professors still study them.
"Walter Pieterse" by Multatuli
The old Latin tragedies and comedies were revived and were produced in the original and in translation at schools and colleges.
"An Introduction to Shakespeare" by H. N. MacCracken
It is a modern rogues' comedy.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
The action of the comedy does not lag or limp from the opening scene to Valere's last words.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 92, June, 1865" by Various
They plotted comedies and even fantastical ballets from their subjects.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
The progress of manners and knowledge has an influence on the stage, and will in time perhaps destroy both tragedy and comedy.
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin
Up to that point, the young actress played with the true spirit of comedy.
"Francezka" by Molly Elliot Seawell
We played comedies there, and comic operas.
"The Memoirs of Madame Vigée Lebrun" by Marie Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun
The comedies of Goldoni were the fashion.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20, September, 1877." by Various
Billy, with all his air of breeding and general adaptability, looked like comedy in comparison.
"Rose MacLeod" by Alice Brown
But we must remember that we are reading comedy.
"Greek Women" by Mitchell Carroll
That is the comedy of life.
"Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man" by Oscar Wilde
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In poetry:

I note the obvious differences
in the human family.
Some of us are serious,
some thrive on comedy.
"Human Family" by Maya Angelou
Nature, by God directed, formed in space
The universal comedy we see;
Wherein each star, each man, each entity,
Each living creature, hath its part and place:
"Sonnet XIV." by Tommaso Campanella
The DAME was silent; for the Lover
Would, when she spoke,
She fear'd, discover
Her envious joke:
And she was too much charm'd to be
In haste,—to end the Comedy!
"The Granny Grey, a Love Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
And when the play is over, it shall be
That God will judge with justice and with grace.--
Aping this art divine, the human race
Plans for itself on earth a comedy:
"Sonnet XIV." by Tommaso Campanella
AT length their ardour 'gan, it seems, to cool,
And Harry, they no longer tried to fool;
'Twas time to seek the myst'ry of the plot,
Since, to three acts, the comedy was got.
"The Three Gossips' Wager" by Jean de La Fontaine
My poetry’s well is a winemaker’s vat.
As if into golden must I pour my soul into poison.
Rimbaud’s twin, I love the comedy of dangerous passions.
My forefathers were Chavchavadze, Teimuraz.
"Self-Portrait" by Giorgi Leonidze

In news:

In association with Comedy Bang Bang Prods.
IF YOU THINK TINA FEY and Judd Apatow — amusing as they are — represent the cutting edge of comedy, it may be time for a refresher in the work of Norman Lear.
The fast paced comedy / farce will have you laughing as scantily dressed nuns, would-be Burglars , sexy lovers and a clumsy photographer dash from room to room.
'Zach Stone': Duo Cast in MTV's Bo Burnham Comedy Pilot (Exclusive).
About 15 students at Westminster College in Fulton protested last night outside a comedy performance by 18-year-old YouTube sensation Bo Burnham .
Candy brands have embraced absurdist comedy in recent years, rolling out "oddvertising" that leaves the youth target in stitches.
His influence on physical comedy is rivaled only by Charlie Chaplin.
Sanaa Lathan reprises her New York City role of a maid-turned-movie star in By the Way , Meet Vera Stark starting Sept 18 as the Lynn Nottage's comedy makes its West Coast premiere at Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
Calais Campbell as comedy writer.
IMPROV COMEDY TROUPE NEED ACTORS.
"Incorruptible": Pentacle Theatre in Salem holds auditions Oct 27 for men and women, ages 20-70, for roles in the dark comedy.
Simsbury Cantor Starring In Jewish Comedy.
The cast takes a break from filming to pose with the Knope We Can Mobile Billboard as Team Leslie looks to close the gap with Paul Rudd's clueless but likable Bobby Newport on the NBC comedy.
The Cleveland Comedy Festival is going to get a little younger this year, or at least part of it will, with a Class Clown Graduation Show Nov 18 at the 14th Street Theatre in Playhouse Square.
These are sketches of the comedy kind.
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In science:

RTAI is the real-time Linux that has the best integration with other open source tools scilab/scicos and Comedi.
Building XenoBuntu Linux Distribution for Teaching and Prototyping Real-Time Operating Systems
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