REVOLUTION IN COMEDY: Laugh Until You Die!

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“Professional entertainment consisting of jokes and sketches, intended to make an audience laugh” as defined by dictionary is comedy.  Comedy has always been the best remedy to stress since there is no medicine equivalent to laughter. Comedy comes in different forms. Once upon a time, it was so common to find markets loaded with colourful comics that carried light comedy with caricatures and expressions. The comic characters of those times were household names not only among the children but also among the adults. After all, be it children, adults or the elderly, everybody is looking for entertainment and reasons to laugh. “It is easy to make someone cry but it is very difficult to make someone laugh”, which is precisely why comedy is not everyone’s cup of tea. Like any other field of work right from cooking to writing, comedy has also had its pioneers, each of them different in their own way of making people laugh. Unlike technology, we cannot say that ‘comedy has improved’, however, it can definitely be said that the forms of comedy have evolved and the ways audience gain access to it these days have also changed.

In earlier times, when there were no televisions, people used to visit fares that were organised in villages once in a few months. That was the main source of entertainment for them. Puppet shows with funny characters and circuses were some of the common modes of entertainment where people could find a person wearing funky clothes, a painted face and a big red nose. Yes, a clown or better known as joker, would perform funny acts to make people laugh. Inevitably, things change with time and the modes of accessibility improved.  Comedy too has seen a sea of change. Of course, the meaning and aim of comedy is to entertain even today but the way it reaches people now is totally different.

The arrival of television in every household brought the comfort of deriving information as well as entertainment simply by switching on the power button. People could watch multiple programs without having to leave their homes. Also, the recorded tapes of comedians like Charlie Chaplin were available in the market that led the worldwide popularity of such comedians. So, comedy in the era of 19th century came to people through televisions.

Then, with the radical invention of the internet, everything became extremely easy to access and comedy derived various benefits from it. Those who want to start their careers as comedians get innumerable opportunities to make funny videos, gradually gaining followers and subscribers on social media platforms like YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat. This is how the trend of stand up comedy came into being. Another revolution in comedy has been in terms of various comedy shows and even reality shows that are broadcasted on televisions. Some of these shows rope in fresh talent while others simply show comedy dramas starring popular comedians. Furthermore, these comedians often make their debut in Bollywood and can be seen starring in comedy films. It is also very common to see the stand-up comedians and other comics performing at events organised in different cities. Such shows successfully attract a great audience because of their prior popularity on social media.

Comedy, however, has not limited itself to shows and movies but is also used in content writing, comedy blogging, slam poetry and what not. Every person who has a natural talent at humouring people is trying to use these opportunities to do what their passion aspires and also to gain popularity with the sources at their disposal. So, comedy is no more once in a few months kind of entertainment, nor is it black and white, it comes with all colours with easy accessibility and in varied forms. “Making people laugh is what comedy has been doing and will always do.”


About the Author:

Sehaj Sodhi (ISSER, PU Campus)

The City Beautiful enchanted me from the tranquil hills. Any current in society enlightens my ink on paper. I learn Social Sciences at Panjab University with a hope that I’ll be a prodigy of a kind. Writing to me is a blessing in disguise and if you like it, you can visit https://fathomdeeps.wordpress.com

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