Comedy is just comedy, right? Actually, the answer is no. There isn’t just one type of comedy. So, in order to help you get an idea of the various types of comedy there is, we have created a list that explains ten different genres of comedy.
1.) Dark Comedy
Comedian Examples: Seth MacFarlane, Sacha Baron Cohen, and the Coen Brothers
Dark comedy, sometimes referred to as black comedy, is a genre of comedy that focuses on disturbing subjects. Instead of forming jokes around lighthearted everyday situations, the jokes focus around things such as; death, drugs, rape, and war. A great example of how this genre is used in films is in the Scary Movie films.
2.) Blue Comedy
Comedian Examples: Martin Lawrence, George Lopez, and Bob Saget (https://www.instagram.com/bobsaget/)
The next comedy genre is blue comedy. Blue comedy typically focuses on jokes with a sexual nature. Also, the jokes will typically use profane language, as well as reference sexism and racism.
3.) Character Comedy
Comedian Examples: Tim Allen, Larry the Cable Guy, and Stephen Colbert
The third comedy genre, on our list, is character comedy. Character comedy is when the performer invents a persona, and performs as that designated persona. The persona is often derived from a stereotype.
4.) Cringe Comedy
Comedian Examples: Richard Herring, Rufus Hound (Wiki), and Larry David
The fourth comedy genre, on our list, is cringe comedy. Cringe comedy is a form of comedy that revolves around embarrassment. In addition to the embarrassment factor, jokes often include inappropriate actions and words. This is the most common form of comedy for television shows and movies.
5.) Deadpan Comedy
Comedian Examples: Jim Gaffigan, Aubrey Plaza, and Zach Galifianakis
Next on our list is deadpan comedy. Deadpan comedy relies on the craft of being able to tell jokes without changing your facial expression or emotion. Thus, deadpan comedy is usually performed in a monotonous voice, as well as a blank expression.
6.) Improvisational Comedy
Comedian Examples: Robin Williams, Adam Sandler ( facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sandler), and Jeff Davis
Another form of comedy is improvisational comedy. Sometimes referred to improv comedy, the sets that stand-up comedians give in this genre, as well as the movies and television shows that have this genre of comedy are completely improvised. In other words, the comedians who use improvisational comedy do not prepare a set in advanced. Instead, they take the stage, or report to set, and say whatever comes to mind.
7.) Insult Comedy
Comedian Examples: Ricky Gervais, Jimmy Carr, and Frankie Boyle
The next comedy genre on our list is insult comedy. Insult comedy is practically self-explanatory. Basically, the performer bases their jokes on making fun of the audience, as well as other performers.
8.) Observational Comedy
Comedian Examples: Jerry Seinfeld (http://supcomedy.com/artist/jerry-seinfeld/), Chris Rock, and Ellen DeGeneres
The eighth comedy genre is one of the most popular forms of comedy. Observational comedy focuses on jokes that make fun of everyday life. These jokes often discuss the silliness of something, as well as making trivial things seem more important than they actually are.
9.) Physical Comedy
Comedian Examples: Jim Carrey, Chevy Chase, and Lucille Ball
The next comedy genre is physical comedy. Instead of just telling phenomenal jokes to get the audience to erupt in laughter, comedians who use physical comedy use physical movement and gestures to get the audience to laugh.
10.) Prop Comedy
Comedian Examples: Bob Nelson, Jeff Dunham, and The Amazing Jonathan
Finally, the last comedy genre, on our list, is prop comedy. Prop comedy is also self-explanatory. Basically, prop comedy focuses on props to help get the audience to laugh. A quintessential example of someone who uses prop comedy is Jeff Dunham. Dunham uses his ventriloquist skills, as well as many different dolls, to help him perform stand-up.