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Comedy is a form of entertainment that promotes laughter. It was derived from early theater work that was created to lighten the mood of the audience after tragic plays. There are various forms of comedy including satire, comedy of character, farce, and parody. These forms of comedy have some distinctions to tell them apart from each other. Satire is a genre that ridicules war, political corruption, and religious hypocrisy in a comedic way that is less exaggerated. In the article “Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era”, Maritato explains how satire television programs are “a thriving, powerful, and playful niche media genre” (57). The popular animated show South Park is an example of satire tv because it is an adult comedy animation that pokes fun at the factual issues of politics, war, and religion. Another example of satire on tv is The Daily Show and The Colbert Report as they address political issues as a faux news show (Maritato, 57).

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