BrandoBadger

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  1. Thank you for taking the time out to answer my question! I really appreciate it!
  2. Hi, Richard! I love the course and programming! I have a quick question... According to what I believe I read in the curriculum for this course, I believe the following to be true: Although I can no longer get a good grade, or perhaps any grade, because of workload and personal issues, can I still participate?
  3. 1. Similar to Agee and Youngson's perspective in Daily Dose #1, Canby makes a claim at the end of his analysis that there is something missing into today's visual comedies when compared to the silent classics. Do you agree or disagree with Canby?: I disagree. I think slapstick comedy, and comedy in general, flourished with the introduction of sound. Think of all we would be missing if all we watched were silent movies; The Marx Brothers, Looney Tunes, Bill Murray, Christopher Guest and his crew, Mel Brooks movies, The Jerk, etc. I think that hearkening back to another, distant era as the be-all-end-all is the hallmark of a small mind. 2. Beyond the placement of the camera in middle distance, what other elements (set design, costume, props, acting, etc) makes this gag effective as visual comedy? The timing was superb. Think of how long they would've had to practice those gags! Turning around at just the right moment, Charlie taking his hand back at just the right instant... Awesome! 3. What do you think a gag like this and its brilliant on-screen execution contributes to the history of slapstick comedy? I bet that this gag alone inspired many future comic actors to enter the world of comedy in the first place. This clip shows what is possible with visual comedy and a keen mind.
  4. 1: I disagree that the era from 1912-1930 constitute comedy's greatest era; I believe that we have had a few such eras, and that time period was one of them. 2: I believe that slapstick evolved with the advent of sound. Along with the gags you now have sound effects to go with those gags. 3: I think that documentaries, compilation films and essays like the example provided help to shed more light on silent films and to bring more popularity to them.
  5. Chaplin was right; there is no comedy without personality. For comedy to work, you need either an ordinary person in an extraordinary situation, or an extraordinary person in an ordinary situation. Chaplin would fall into the latter category. Chaplin's gags grew more complex as he evolved, as did his comic persona. In the third clip, you see Chaplin striking a pose that both Groucho Marx and Bugs Bunny would later strike; legs crossed, arms in the air, signifying a carefree attitude. Chaplin, Marx, and Bugs were all, as well, masters of anti-authoritarian comedy.
  6. BrandoBadger

    What is Slapstick? A Discussion of Definitions

    Do you agree or disagree with these definitions? I agree with these definitions. Do you have an alternate definition you would like to propose? No. Do you believe slapstick comedy has to include all five of the conditions I discuss? Yes. Let me briefly refer to each definition: 1: Slapstick involves exaggeration (I've never seen Slapstick that is precise in nature, so I'd have to agree. Animated cartoons started perfecting slapstick comedy with the emergence of Tex Avery and his Looney Cohorts.) 2: Slapstick is physical (I once thought I saw non-physical slapstick, but it turned out I was having an aneurysm.) 3: Slapstick is ritualistic (You have to know what you're doing when you're practising slapstick. If not, you'll get hurt. <edit: I think that I misunderstood what he meant by ritualistic, I took it to mean mastery of slapstick by performing it over a long time. Live and learn!>) 4: Slapstick is make believe (Yes, I'd agree. We may laugh at a real instance of someone falling down or some such thing on YouTube, but that doesn't jive with what we think of as slapstick, which is deliberate in nature and comedic in intent.) 5: Slapstick is violent (Slapstick has to have hits or near-misses. The character will experience pain or narrowly avoid pain.)
  7. I found "The Sprinkler Sprinkled" to be very well done. There's a certain rhythm to comedy, and the actors did a great job. Slapstick usually works best when it pits authority figures against anti-authoritarian figures, so in this case, the old man with the sprinkler who is about to water his lawn is the authority figure, and the young boy who prevents him from sprinkling his lawn is the anti-authoritarian figure. Way to stick it to the man!

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