Great question! Perhaps education and information about film and filmmaking needs to address the process and conventions of film from multiple perspectives. For example, one of the rules of drama is for the performer to never look at the camera and break the fourth wall. However, in comedy this is not only permissible but often highly effective. What do you think?
Yes. That makes sense. Sometimes there seems to be greater reflexivity in comedy. Like turning the jokes back on people and spoofing their unique situations. It's almost like mimicking and mirroring "reality" to present an ironic point. The reflexivity can be very post-modern-- breaking the fourth wall or alluding to things that are self-referential.
Personally, I think the most profound stories are ones that seem dramatic but are working on another level, making light of the basic scenario.