We talked a lot about pantomime and non-verbal acting/communications. Last year we looked at more traditional mime, but I’d also like to introduce you to physical comedy and some good examples of it.
First, here is how wikipedia defines physical comedy:
Physical comedy, whether conveyed by a pratfall (landing on the buttocks), a silly face, or the action of walking into walls, is a common and rarely subtle form of comedy. It is a clownish exploitation of movement, the most primordial human medium of expression, which predates language and the introduction of verbal humour such as cultural tradition, erudition and word puns. Often sitcoms will incorporate such movements into the scenes but may not rely on it exclusively to forward the story. Often it will be used as comic relief especially during more serious or intimate scenes.
And now, here are some good examples of physical comedy:
The Skittles Guy
Jim Carrey Ace Ventura Slow Motion
Jim Carrey Dumb and Dumber Restaurant Fight Scene
Jimmy Fallon evolution of Hip Hop Dance
Jerry Lewis Bell Hop
Dick Van Dyke
Monty Python Ministry of Silly Walks
Make em Laugh
Lucille Ball Chocolate Scene