is a genre of film in which the main emphasis is on humor. These
films are designed to elicit laughter from the audience. Comedies
are generally light-hearted dramas and are made to amuse and
entertain the audiences. The comedy genre often humorously
exaggerates situations, ways of speaking, or the action and
Films in this style traditionally have a happy ending (the black
comedy being an exception) One
of the oldest genres in film, some of the very first silent movies
were comedies. Comedy, unlike other film genres, puts much more
focus on individual stars, with many former stand-up comic
transitioning to the film industry due to their popularity. While
many comic films are lighthearted stories with no intent other than
to amuse, others contain political or social commentary (such as Wag
the Dog and Man of the Year).
The comedy genre can be considered
the oldest film genre (and one of the most prolific and popular).
Comedy was ideal for the early silent films, as it was dependent on
visual action and physical humor rather than sound. Slapstick, one
of the earliest forms of comedy, poked fun at physical mishap,
usually in practical jokes, accidents and water soakings.