January 28, 2010

Rewatched the Coen Bros's Hudsucker Proxy today, which according to Agamben fits the classical model of comedy: a common man is damned through no fault of his own, but in the end achieves a happy (what we now call Hollywood) ending.

At what point did comedy begin to mean Soupy Sales and a pie in the face or Adam Sandler? or for that matter shows like M*A*S*H or Seinfeld where in the end the characters were where they were in the beginning (static, neither tragic or comic by older definitions), despite the episode's event? When did comedy come to mean just jokes and laughs?


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