noun (plural comedies)
- 1 [mass noun] Professional entertainment consisting of jokes and sketches, intended to make an audience laugh: a cabaret with music, dancing, and comedy the show combines theatre with the best of stand-up comedyMore example sentences
- The female menopause, with its hot flushes, night sweats and mood swings, offers rich pickings for jokes and comedy sketches.
- The Christchurch gang show is one of the longest running in Britain, and features a cast of 60 who will present an extravaganza of songs, sketches and stand-up comedy.
- It has set a new standard for televised sketch comedy and stand-up.
- 1.1 [count noun] A film, play, or broadcast programme intended to make an audience laugh: [as modifier]: a comedy filmMore example sentences
- Setting the play in the 1930s, she took her inspiration primarily from classical Hollywood screwball comedies and films noirs.
- I had already explored the documentary world at the limits of fiction, and, in fictional films, had explored comedies and thrillers.
- The film is a comedy, but rarely relies on outright gags for laughs.
- 1.2The style or genre represented by comedy films, plays, and broadcast programmes: the conventions of romantic comedy have grown more appealing with the passage of timeMore example sentences
- He has sold short stories in a range of genres, including romantic comedy, science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
- Within the genre of romantic comedy, so many female leads spend entire films longing and pining for the ‘right one’.
- It respects the genre of romantic comedy while adding a unique flavor.
- 1.3The humorous or amusing aspects of something: advertising people see the comedy in their workMore example sentences
- Because after all, a very serious subject like war was getting treated with comedy, as a sit-com, after all.
- He simply wrote himself into a corner, cranking up the tension and comedy of the situation to a peak he didn't have the imagination to surmount.
- Yet she clearly relishes creating comedy from situations which, on one level, are deeply tragic.
- 2A play characterized by its humorous or satirical tone and its depiction of amusing people or incidents, in which the characters ultimately triumph over adversity: Shakespeare’s comediesMore example sentences
- It stuck to its well-tried popular repertory of melodramas, comedies, and musicals, though both theatres scheduled touring opera companies throughout the year.
- On stage he has played character roles in farces, pantomime, comedies and serious drama.
- Just as the Fool is the wisest character in Shakespeare's comedies, so he pretends to be dim when he's being pin sharp.
- 2.1The dramatic genre represented by comedies: satiric comedy Compare with tragedy ( sense 2).More example sentences
- Despite the undeniable influence of earlier models, Shakespearian comedy represents a distinctive dramatic category.
- As she gears up for her latest dramatic role, Ramsahai has noted that local audiences love drama but most theatrical offerings in this country are in the comedy genre.
- The play moves away from the comedy and romance genres, and moves into the world of writing.
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- Are you conscious of having a different comedic sensibility than the other guys?
- Instead I started laughing at the ridiculous articles and comedic nature of the entire magazine.
- But there have also been moments of unintended comedic brilliance straight out of a Monty Python sketch.
Pronunciation: /kəˈmiːdɪk, -ˈmɛ-/adjective
late Middle English (as a genre of drama, also denoting a narrative poem with a happy ending, as in Dante's Divine Comedy): from Old French comedie, via Latin from Greek kōmōidia, from kōmōidos 'comic poet', from kōmos 'revel' + aoidos 'singer'.