Black Comedy

Black comedy is otherwise known as black humour and possibly first appeared in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s in American literature. It is a dark comedy (hence black) and finds great humour in what most people regard as inappropriate subject matter. Black comedy mocks serious topics such as death and religion and makes fun out of various organised, logical aspects of our everyday existence. It is often grotesque and morbid.

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3 comments on “Black Comedy

  1. thank you, that’s a much more comprehensive explanation than the one by VCAA. My problem with creating Violet Baudelaire is that i’m never sure if it’s ‘black’ enough. i have moments of black comedy when i’m talking, but am not sure if this is enough, or if my entire piece is supposed to have an overall ‘tone’, like it would need if it were cabaret etc. What do you suggest?

  2. I think you’d need to ensure the acting matches the talking when you demonstrate the black comedy. Make sure you’re not a ‘talking head’ and that your whole character body and the plot of the scene are clearly black humour. The subject matter should be the driving force behind the black comedy, so it is possible that only key moments are black and not your entire solo. I do not believe your 7 minute solo performance has to be in the vein of black comedy, but rather ‘aspects’ of it are sufficient, so choose the most appropriate moment/s to portray it in your plot and the expressive skills of the character should then naturally fit the scene/s like a glove.

  3. Where i can get more information about black comedy?please help me

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