Theatre Exam 3 Lecture 12

Theatre Exam 3 Lecture 12 - 17:08 JanetCardiff: o...

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17:08 Theatre Exam 3 Lecture 12: Janet Cardiff: - site specific performance o Walking Audio-tours What is comedy? o Aristotle: of all types of performance, comedy is the most divorced from  true life o Mel Brooks: “Tragedy is when I cut my finger, comedy is when I fall down  an open sewer and die.” Because finger cut is minor Fall down sewer and die is ridiculous But for real what is comedy? o Embraces/depends on the unexpected o Consistently evolving What’s funny for parents is not funny for you Can be generational or cultural o The great equilizer If you can make them laugh you can make them cry Elements of Comedy: o Character: Who is this person? Who is this person in relation to other  characters/ the audience? The office clip: Jim is calm and relaxed; Dwight is uptight and  egotistical  o Situation: How does the time and place affect the text and/or character o Text: what is written/directed (joke triangle) Joke Triangle:
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This note was uploaded on 07/18/2011 for the course TD 301 taught by Professor Dvoskin during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas.

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Theatre Exam 3 Lecture 12 - 17:08 JanetCardiff: o...

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