English 10: Writing Portfolio
Catholic Memorial High School
|Many dictionaries have different
meaning for the word comedy. Most people think of the word comedy
as humorous characters that are very funny and put on a nice performance in the film or play, but
there is more to that. Comedy is referred to as a hysterically funny movie, TV show, drama, and
pay. Comedies began in 1623 by the author Ralph Roister Doister as it was the first comedy in the
English language. Comedy today is seen through the works of Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, Charlie
Sheen, Will Smith, and many more people, as there work is seen on the big screen TV about comedies,
movies, late night shows, and stand up. However in actual history comedy was seen throughout the
works of William Shakespeare, Homer, and etc, as there works come about plays, dramas, theatre,
comedy-thrillers, tragedies, and players. Comedy is a way to express the positive side of peoples
views on life and to make sure to put a smile on peoples faces whom might be going through a tough
time in there life right now.
One of the definitions of comedy is a branch of drama that adopts a humorous or familiar style, and
depicts laughable characters and incidents. That definition was written during the time of Old,
Middle, and New Comedy (the 3 stages of Attic Comedy). This definition was written in the 1820’s
during the artificial comedy period; comedy of manners in which comedy was amusingly presented.
Comedy is also known as humor; humorous invention; the act or quality of being amused. Finally
figuratively comedy talks about action or incidents in real life.
The authors that have experimented or changed this word over time are; Higden Trevista, Elia Lamb,
G. Meredith, and Serpents Topsell. Higden Trevistas definition of the word comedy was that comedy
is an imitation of the common errors of our life. Elia Lambs was comedy of manners, the kind of
comedy in which the modes and manners of society are amusingly presented. G. Meredith’s explanation
of the word comedy was humor, humorous invention; the action or quality of being amusing. Finally
Serpents Topsell’s was a humorous or burlesque composition.
Now a days in the 21st Century most of the usage of the word comedy is used as a reference to
movies, movie clips, and TV shows. For example on October 15, 2007 in the USA Today (Newspaper) the
author Scott Bowles referred to Tyler Perry’s new movie Why did I get Married?, as a comedy. Again
on October 19, 2007 USA Today’s author Jim Cheng wrote about how Joey Bishop a comedian was doing
great by doing stand-up at night clubs, TV and movies. Or how about this one on September 3, 2007
in New Statesman author Shazia Mirza was getting ready to go on her comedy tour of the States. Now
this next one is just plain bazaar, On May 2, 2001 Yvonne Zipp of the Christian Science Monitor
talked about an incline of the amount of movies that deal with disturbing ideas that end up having
to do with comedy.
The word comedy has a very bright future ahead it because it’s very popular in today’s society.
Without comedy America wouldn’t have a opportunity to put on the TV and laugh for a good half hour.
We need comic relief in our lives today to get away form the stress going on in the world. Like the
War in Iraq, or the recent fires in Southern California, school, work, or even some terrible thing
that is happening in your own personal lives. So, we as a society put on the TV and laugh at the
funny TV shows as an out for all the stress that has gone on in our lives. English’s future as a
super language is looking very bright because I believe we are the number one speaking language in
the America’s and soon all over the world because we have all the resources and the brains. Yes
eventually a word in the English language will run out, but the language itself will continue for
all of eternity as the most spoken language in the world.
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