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Comedy

]] In a modern sense, comedy (from the Greek: , kōmōidía) refers to any discourse or work generally intended to be humorous or amusing by inducing laughter, especially in theatre, television, film, and stand-up comedy. The origins of the term are found in Ancient Greece. In the Athenian democracy, the public opinion of voters was influenced by the political satire performed by the comic poets at the theaters. The theatrical genre of Greek comedy can be described as a dramatic performance which pits two groups or societies against each other in an amusing agon or conflict. Northrop Frye depicted these two opposing sides as a "Society of Youth" and a "Society of the Old". A revised view characterizes the essential agon of comedy as a struggle between a relatively powerless youth and the societal conventions that pose obstacles to his hopes. In this struggle, the youth is understood to be constrained by his lack of social authority, and is left with little choice but to take recourse in ruses which engender very dramatic irony which provokes laughter.

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As a graduate of the Upright Citizens Brigade Training Center in Los Angeles in comedic improvisation, I have learned to appreciate the skill that it takes to be a great comedian. Some people are naturally funny without trying while others can study and practice stand up comedy and never get a laugh. It's the 'want to make people laugh' that is addictive to many comedians. Many suffer from depression.

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