I feel like comedy has to be a fantasy, somewhat, in order to work
Posted by Matt on 6/23/2017, 9:32 am, in reply to "Do you like any comedy you'd consider somewhat "low brow"?"
If the comedy is too obsessed with realism, it ultimately either becomes a "dark comedy" or simply a comedy that isn't funny enough (not that all dark comedies engage in realism - a good many are highly stylized and/or take an absurdist approach).
But many of the funniest comedies (IMO) happen in a world that isn't real, but at least is close enough that it *could* be - some of it, anyway - in the mind of the viewer. It's often taking situations that are real, but then exaggerating or distorting them.
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