Shakespeare – Module 5: Summary of Comedy – 4 of 6
WHAT: Today you will recap the conventions (ingredients) of comedy and have a go at applying some of those techniques yourself!
By the end of this study session you will be able to:
✔ List some of the conventions of comedy, such as incongruity.
✔ Create something that is funny!
Today you will need:
✎ A pen
☰ Some paper to write on
♫ Some headphones or a space where you can play videos out loud
1) Read though this presentation summarising the key rules of Shakespearean comedy.
I DO: Some words you may not understand:
➱ implicit = when something is not directly said and the meaning is hidden
➱ impasse = a situation in which no progress is possible, especially because of disagreement; a deadlock.
➱ improbable = unlikely to happen or be true
N.B: Ignore the last 3 slides
2) Match these terms with the definitions on the opposite side ➔
➌ rising action
➍ turning point
➎ falling action
➐ instantaneous conversions
➑ stock characters
- when a bad character changes to a good character
- not in harmony or keeping with the surroundings or other aspects of something.
- implicit conflict develops
- a situation with tensions
- things begin to get better
- recognisable stereotypes for characters
- conflict reaches its height (an impasse)
- the problem is resolved
4) Watch this video about how to make things funny (5 minutes)
5) Now it’s time to have a go at writing something funny yourself! Choose from the list of ideas below:
✎ Write your own jokes and tell them to your family. How many laughs can you get?
✎ Write a short story containing stock comedy characters.
✎ Write a short play script that follows a similar structure to a Shakespearean comedy
✎ Pick your favourite funny film/TV show/book and explain what makes it funny using some of the language you have learnt today
6) Write a list of comedy conventions that you managed to include in your own writing.