As discussed in class, for this week's blog you will select a comedic performance (movie, TV show, or play) and analyze it in terms of the elements of comedy covered in Chapter 28.  Your analysis should include a plot summary, clear thesis statement, and discussion of at least two of the following concepts:
- traditional comedic elements (e.g. plot of intrigue, blocking agent)
- narrative pattern of comedy (plot analysis)
- comedic characters and language
- type of comedy

Your initial post is due by 11:59pm on Thursday, December 1, 2011.  Comments are due by 11:59pm on Sunday, December 4, 2011.
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  • Courtney Jones

    The comedic performance i have chosen from a movie is called Mr. Deeds a.k.a Deeds starring Adam Sandler. The main character Longfellow Deeds had suddenly became rich due to the death of a kin but that had change when he had got his heart broken and secrets had uncovered. Watching Mr. Deeds you will see the concepts displayed throughout the movie such as: The traditional comedic elements and the comedic characters and language.

    The traditional comedic elements that are shown in Mr. Deeds are the blocking agent where the reporter who was leading Deeds on had unexpectedly fallen in love with him was being seperated from him by her co-worker and one of Deeds staff.

    As well as, the plot of intrigue where the reporter who overcame the blocking agent and finally got to be with Deeds. He is a comic charcater that is flat, static, and arepresentative character. This comedy resolved the wacky thing which was the rightful woner of the money. The movie wasnt about learning deep lessons and was only driven my the plot which was the rightful owner to the money and who can continue to run the family business.

    12/1/2011 1:40:32 PM
  • Taylor Middleton

    The comedy that shows the comedy elements is The Ugly Truth. This movie is more so on the romantic comedy due to Gerard, the man who is suppose to be telling the ugly truth, actually falls in with the woman he is giving the advice to so he will be considered the blocking agent. The woman, Kathrine Heigl, finds her self in an emotional sate of not being herself with the man she thought she wanted to fall in love with. They both came to a realization that they wanted each other after having a fight of differences and actually hiding there emotions. With the type of language the comedy uses, it would be considered low comedy, but the comedy overall is relatively high.
    The two can represent dynamic round characters because they both go through tragic changes through emotions and finding who they really are by not hiding behind work or building a shield between the opposite sex. The movie was about following your heart, and it has an ironic title, The Ugly Truth because Gerard was trying to convince women that men really are dogs, but in the end he falls in love with a woman who was telling him that he was wrong.

    12/1/2011 8:14:58 PM
  • Collecha Newby

    In the movie Absolutely Fabulous is a British comedy about two friends and their families. Edina has a daughter and Dawn does not. In the movie the two friends are in their mid-forties and they both are going through crisis in terms of their marital status. Elements of farce comedy appear in this movie during the climax of the movie when Edina’s daughter becomes married and she and her friend realizes that they have not yet been married or even in a successful relationship. This is also an example of realistic irony because everything that happens in the movie may and can happen in real life. Throughout the movies the characters use a low level of comedy thus making the jokes solely about a comedic relief for that moment.

    12/1/2011 9:32:59 PM
  • Shamir Fauntleroy

    Like Courtney, the movie I have chosen to analyze, "Lottery Ticket", also includes a random inheritance of money. The plot of this movie involves the main character winning the lottery, obtaining the ticket, having to wait a long period of time before cashing in the ticket, and undergoing a series of challenges while waiting. The ticket brings about the blocking agents of “gold digging” characters who increase the main character's suspicion about who is actually there for him. As a result, he diverges from his true friends in which one is his future love interest. After being used by his newfound friends he beats the blocking agents by realizing who’s loyal. He reunites with his friends, cashes the check and gets involved with his love interest thus, moving towards success, happiness, and love relations, the foundation of comedy.
    From an analytical perspective this movie can be viewed as both low comedy. In a low comedy the emphasis is placed upon outrageous circumstances and complications deriving from situations. One concur that “Lottery Ticket” is a great example of a low comedy because situational complications occur when the main character wins the lottery but cannot cash the ticket in right away. From this situation sprouts the outrageous circumstance of a whole neighborhood chasing the main character to rob him of his ticket, present business ideas, become his entourage, or to “have his baby”.

    12/1/2011 10:21:58 PM
  • Owens M.

    In the movie rush hour, starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. Two police officers meet each other because, of a missing person’s case for a Chinese girl named Su-Yun. Jackie Chan’s character Lee is a Chinese police officer meeting James Carter. (Chris Tucker) In entrance of a random mob under the leadership of a international terrorist and smuggler Jun-Tao. Kidnapping the girl in order to gain money from a Chinese politician, with twist and turns along the way the movie is asserted with a comedy. Low comedy is included in this movie along with satiric comedy. When Carter makes a joke it was usually about how Lee did not understand American culture and what to say around people. For example, Carter walks into a bar and say “‘sup my ni***” everyone responded accordingly, but as soon as Lee repeated Carter after “following his lead” everyone in the bar wanted to fight Lee. The blocking agent is questionable in this film, because the blocking agent is suppose to stop “true love” but, if Carter was to make a move on Johnson a female police officer in LA like Carter she would reject him herself. Coming to the end of the first Rush Hour the girl was saved, and eventually Johnson started to feel some affection for Carter.
    Circumstances in this movie were based on real life, but like a comedy which is the twin of tragedy everything worked out in the end. The case was solved, but before it was there were moments of when Lee wanted to continue the investigation on his own and leave Carter behind. Carter was considered the villain at first towards lee because he was suppose to distract him and let the F.B.I handle the investigation. However, the traditional ending took place and Lee and Carter learned to work together.

    12/4/2011 1:32:03 PM
  • April G

    The comedic performance that I have chosen is The Proposal. This movie is about a Canadian woman who forces one of her employees to marry her so that she can stay. While pretending to be engaged, she falls in love with her employee and his family, and vice versa. The Canadian woman is supposed to be this mean, uptight woman, but the real her shows when she is with her employer and his family - a warmhearted and beautiful woman. She dances, acts silly and even opens up to people, once she begans to get comfortable with the family. The blocking agent, that prevents the Canadian woman from marrying her employee, is the fact that she was marrying him for her own selfish reasons. The plot of intrigue is the employee going to find her to marry her and the interview process that determined if they were really in love. The movie is a romantic comedy. It is about lovers and focuses on entertainment rather than ridicule.

    12/4/2011 6:49:19 PM
  • April G

    As Shamir stated, Loterry Ticket is low comedy. This is because the whole movie is based on the fact that the main character has won the lottery. The humor is the fact the the character was a little irresponsible with the money and then got robbed for the ticket. Then, both "tough guys" got beat up. The movie is funny because characters say comical things and because the situation is not happening the the person(s) viewing it. It is sort of like a farce but there are not many comical sayings, such as jokes or extravagant language.

    12/4/2011 7:16:10 PM
  • Collecha Newby

    @Taylor Middleton, You did a really good job at explaining the movie without boring me to death. In addition, thank you for including past concepts such as dynamic charaters, that made me think back and review some older concepts. Two thumbs up!

    12/4/2011 10:33:58 PM
  • Shamir Fauntleroy

    Having already been familiar with the movie I feel that Courtney's comedic analysis of "Mr. Deeds" os well done. She only used plot analysis to make a point about the elements in which she was trying to portray. For example, when discussing the blocking agent she was very breif in describing the relationship between Deeds and the reporter. She then goes into some key points about characterization that enhances her analysis.

    12/4/2011 10:35:39 PM
  • Collecha Newby

    @Shamir "Shah", I am indeed familiar with the movie "Lottery Ticket" and one thing you did a good job with is pulling the concepts from the notes and connecting them to the movie. It it so much fun to be able to understand material on another level.

    12/4/2011 10:36:11 PM
  • Shamir Fauntleroy

    Taylor did an execellent job with defining what type of characters the main characters were. However, when addressing the overall type of comedy the movie was I was confused because she did not clarify the difference between how it was a high comedy or low comedy.

    12/4/2011 10:41:18 PM
  • Houston Brewer

    I agree with Shamir because the protagonists' lottery ticket showed him who his real friends were. The ticket played the role of the blocking agent. The ticket brought about fake love and friends, enemies and showed true friends.

    12/4/2011 11:04:01 PM
  • Nia Jo

    I agree with Collecha on Shamir's comment. I also would like to talk about "Don't Be a Mencace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood". This movie is a comedy because it first and foremost, makes the audience laugh. It is about a young man who goes to live with his father because his mother cannot teach him how to be a man, but all the while, the young man's father is younger than him. He goes back to his childhood neighborhood and catches up with his old friends who he had not seen since the last time he was there. Along the way, he runs into problems with race, relationships, and gangs. The blocking agent in the movie who tries to prevent him from being with his lover, Dashiki, is her ex boyfriend, who is also an ex con. Everyone in the movie is comedic characters and they all say the same language: cussing words, and vulgar language.

    12/9/2011 8:24:15 AM
  • Taylor Middleton

    @Shamir Sorry that my explanation confused you. Due to the fact that the movie has a lot of cursing and slang, the language of the comedy is low; but since it's a romantic comedy it would fall under being a high comedy as a whole.

    12/10/2011 8:45:59 PM
  • Taylor Middleton

    @Collecha It is the least I can do to help. You did a fairly good job explaining for your comedy. Since I have not seen it I can not say whether or not everything is correct, but your exlanation does not take me around in circles about how it relates to comedy.

    12/10/2011 8:48:11 PM
  • Rashad Hartridge

    A TV show that has the comedic elements in it is The Three Stooges. In this show, Moe, Larry, and Curly live their everyday lives but add a humorous twist to every situation. This comedy can be categorized as slapstick, which is a type of low comedy. Most of the humor comes from Moe beating up on Larry and Curly, but there is some humor that comes from all three enduring some type of pain. The language used is usually meant to belittle each other, which also adds a comedic element to the show. The audience laughs and they enjoy the "pain" that the actors go through.

    1/10/2012 6:10:45 PM

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