Comedic Devices – School of Python

When we’re thinking of punching up our brief Improv skit with humor, it’s useful to review a few simple comic devices that we can easily call upon:  exaggeration, understatement, mistaken identity and slapstick.

One of the best sketch comedy groups to illustrate this is one of my favorites, Monty Python.  If a picture is worth a thousand words then at 30 frames/sec, these videos should be worth millions of words each:

Exaggeration:

Understatement:

Mistaken Identity:

Juxtaposition

Slapstick:

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