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Comedy may be divided into multiple genres based on the source of humor, the method of delivery, and the context in which it is delivered. The different forms of comedy often overlap, and most comedy can fit into multiple genres. Some of the subgenres of comedy are farce, comedy of manners, burlesque, and satire.

Some comedy apes certain cultural forms: for instance, parody and satire often imitate the conventions of the genre they are parodying or satirizing. For example, The Onion and The Colbert Report parody newspapers and television news shows like The O'Reilly Factor.

Another form of comedy would be self-deprecation. Many comedians focus on their misfortunes and foibles to entertain the public.


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Intro   Etymology    History    Studies on the theory of the comic    Forms    Performing arts    Events and awards    List of comedians    Mass media    See also    References    External links   

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