Just think back to the last time you checked the TV guide. Have you noticed that there are no sketch shows or funny dramas? Like Monty Python or Blackadder? I haven’t. Today I’m looking at what made shows like Monty Python and Blackadder work, and see if why these kind of entertainment aren’t being made.
So, lets look at the three things I think make great comedy
Line delivery mean everything, in any form of entertaiment. One movie I saw recently was the King’s Speech, which definitely isn’t a comedy, but there are some hilarious lines because of the line delivery and the writing. But, in comedies, line delivery is even MORE important. It wouldn’t have been as funny in Monty Python and the Holy Grail if in the witch scene, the line “She turned me into a newt- but I got better” had been delivered wrong. But the comedic pause in between makes it even more funny.
Characters are important in any film or TV show, but in comedy some of the best characters are the stupid ones. Take Blackadder for example. Everyone in Blackadder is completely crazy, except for Blackadder. Baldrick is crazy, Melchett is crazy, everyone is crazy. So when Blackadder is trying to find a way out of his situation, the way he interacts with all of these stupid people around provokes comedy gold. Like the courtroom scene from the pigeon episode-
All comedy relies on the situation. If the situation isn’t funny, then the whole sketch or episode can’t be funny. Like the parrot sketch. Who goes to a pet shop to complain about a dead parrot? Who goes into a cheese shop and then finds out there’s no cheese? Some more examples. In Up, a Doberman Pincer having a high pitched voice. In the Holy Grail, people clapping coconuts together to make it seem like a horse. In Toy Story, the whole concept is silly, and there are many jokes about the characters being toys.
So to conclude, great comedy really just relies on a funny situation and great contrasting characters, with sharp delivery. Now hopefully someone will read this and make a really funny program with really good comedic elements.
But remember, even if there is no good comedy on nowadays-