You can trace the origins of comedy back to the ancient Greeks. Aristotle designated comedy as one the four literature genres in Poetics. The outline for a comedy in literature is to have a "ugly guy" who can't get anything right but in the end succeeds and gets the girl.

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* British Awards
* Canadian Awards
* Cat Laughs Festival
* The Comedy Festival, in Aspen, formerly the HBO Comedy Arts Festival
* Comedy Walk, monthly comedy festival in Los Angeles
* Edinburgh Festival Fringe
* Edinburgh Festival
* Halifax Festival
* Just for laughs festival
* Leicester Festival
* Melbourne International Festival
* New Zealand International Festival
* New York Underground Festival
* HK International Festival
* Vancouver Festival

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There are many comedic genres including black , blue , character , observational, alternative, physical, prop, surreal, deadpan, topical, satirical, wit, word, insult, and improvisational comedy.


Humorists intend to provoke you into a knowing smile rather than the belly laughs you get from some forms of comedy. Some notable humorists are Woody Allen, Chelsea Handler, Garrison Keillor, Will Rogers, Mark Twain, Dr. Seuss, and David Sedaris.

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