Comedy is as old as human civilization. Centuries have passed since comedy hit the screens of televisions. More importantly is the development that has been described by gurus in this field as a major revolution. It is really a revolution that has been introduced by technology and other stylistic aspect that has led to a transformation of the field. The following is the history of comedy:
Comedy can trace its genesis in the late 18th centuries where it was among the few if not the only form of television entertainment. Silence was the dominant feature in this category an attribute that is believed to have been so because of the meager knowledge of recording sound effects. So silent were the films that burlesque and parody were the major forms of through which comedy was realized. Burlesque is an explicit realization of a theme or an art that is mainly aimed at an adult audience.
Another form through which comedy was made was through slapstick. This is a serious illusion that is portrayed in a comic manner. The forms include things that would present a more realistic image of the true world. Violence, collision and vulgar language would be used to make the theatrical pieces lively.
Much later in the 18th century, Charlie Chaplin a pioneer and a later day celebrated comical icon revolutionized the slapstick. His later comedy features a less vigorous and less violent acts. He tried to make film as natural as the environment demanded. His first comic piece called “Making a Living” was his grand entry into fame and gesture of his contribution to transforming the young industry. His other successive films were awash with him being chases – a good aspect of slapstick.
The contribution of Chaplin ushered in more transformations that have to date been accompanied by technological aspects.