Physical Comedy

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[citation needed] 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


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