As mentioned in one of our earlier sections, there are some forms of entertainment that do have a good following but are often hard to group with other forms.
A comedy can take many forms. It’s meanings today can be traced to ancient Greek productions. A comedy was thought of as a theatrical production which did not have any tragedy in it. It did not have to be funny, as we would define a comedy today.
Comedy can come in the form of a situational comedy on television, what we call a sitcom today. It can also take the form of a funny film or a comedy film. These were pioneered by old time greats such as Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy. These black and white era greats defined slapstick humour as we know it today.
But by and large, the biggest form of comedy entertainment today is stand-up comedy. This is where a comedian would take to the stage and go through a routine that will often involve audience participation. The secret to a great comedy is not to tell too many jokes and to concentrate on exaggerated real life stories and situations.
This form of entertainment has virtually no limits. Dance routines can be anything from traditional and indigenous to modern interpretive dance. There are some truly spectacular shows that feature light and music that are accompanied by dance routines to tell a particular story. This format is often used in ceremonies at international events to tell the story of the host nation. Modern dance is also a standalone form of entertainment that can include anything from break-dancing to body contortions.
Poetry and Prose Readings
The spoken word is powerful. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but these events do generate a following and it is very popular in artsy suburbs of the world. The reader might take the microphone and read their own work, or even that of the greats of yesteryear.