Slapstick Comedy (n) – a comedy based on deliberately clumsy actions and humorously embarrassing events.
Making people laugh is no funny business, it may even take more effort than enacting a serious role. There’s so much that goes into cracking up the audience – the plot, the timing, the expressions, the pauses and especially the fact that you need to maintain a straight face. You can’t start laughing before you even articulate the punchline or emotion. Because that would just be a buzzkill, wouldn’t it? Unless your laugh is an infectious one.
The best actors have been people who mastered the art of comedy – Charlie Chaplin, Robin Williams and Rowan Atkinson to name a few crowd favourites. Amongst all genres of comedy, slapstick is the one that stands out because it’s so innocent and relatable in its efforts. It is downright nonsensical and that’s where it never fails at surprising people. The element of surprise is what cracks ‘em up!