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Comedy Ensembles

  • By: Giordano Vintaloro
  • In: Encyclopedia of Humor Studies
  • Edited by: Salvatore Attardo
  • Subject:General Media, Communication & Cultural Studies, Sociology of Culture

A comedy ensemble is a group of comedians made up of two or more elements, usually acting under a collective pseudonym and specializing in performing live or recorded humorous sketches. An ensemble normally utilizes the same artistic procedures and devices as stand-up comedians and is able to create articulated humorous situations thanks to its extended team. In this entry, an overview is given of the history of ensembles and how they work, and some particularly famous examples of ensembles in the history of TV and cinema are discussed.

From the documental evidence that has survived, the origins of comedy ensembles as we know them go as far back as those of comedy itself, around 6th century BCE, with the rise of Old Comedy in ancient ...

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