It’s a widely known fact that the concept of comedy has been in existence since the beginning of time. Human society would not be able to function in their daily lives without the use of comedy. No matter what type of life you are living, you’ll find something to laugh at every day. And if you don’t have anything, it’s certainly easy to find. Just turn on the tv and look for your favorite 80’s sitcom rerun.
If you ever studied the Greek culture in school, you probably already know that they are credited for first performing comedy. That’s not to say they invented it, but they’re the first known people who acted it out on stage. Greeks and Romans alike defined comedy as a play with a happy ending. And it just progressed from there; we also know that Shakespeare was known for comedy bits in his plays, although the language is hard to understand these days. There’s even a term for that, known as a “Shakespearean” comedy, which Shakespeare also defined as anything with a happy ending.
The 1900s are when comedy really took off. Charlie Chaplin was known for producing short comedic silent films, and his name has been largely remembered for decades, even since his death in 1977. But what about the first comedic films ever made? Those were known as “Slapstick”, which is a general term for the type of humor associated with comedy back in the late 1800s. Slapstick was a light-hearted type of humor that usually involved people’s clumsy failures, car chases, and old-fashioned pranks. Mack Sennett was an American who was respectfully acknowledged as being “The Master of Slapstick Comedy”, after he founded the Keystone Company in 1912. This company mainly produced slapstick comedies and various comics. Mack recruited Charlie Chaplin to produce 35 short films for the Keystone Company in 1914. Some of Chaplin’s legendary films include “The Cure”, “The Pawnshop”, and “Easy Street”.
Comedy continued to grow and progress throughout the 20th century, until it found its way in what we now know as “comedy clubs”, which are the stages where most stand-up comedians first start out. Your favorite comedians probably got their start in a comedy club of some sort. There are three types of comedy clubs: the A rooms, which cater to celebrities and famous comedians, the C rooms, which are more local and cater to comedians who haven’t made names for themselves yet, and the B room, which is essentially the best of both worlds.