Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hope Lies on Television #9: One For All And All For One, For Once

Slightly delayed Hopes Lies on Television article on the differences between TV and film comedy, with particular attention paid to the rise of the ensemble comedy in U.S. television, as exemplified by Modern Family and Parks and Recreation, both of which focus on groups of people who genuinely like each other, as opposed to films like The Hangover Part Two and Horrible Bosses, whose humour is very much based in humiliation and insults. Not a bad thing, as I say in the article, but the fact that these two completely opposing kinds of comedy are arising in different medium struck me as pretty interesting.