Today, comedy is a genre of TV shows or movies that revolve around funny or humorous content intended to make people laugh. However, back in the day, comedy used to refer to all “silly” works, including theater plays. Whether you’re into standup, satirical, or romantic comedy, let’s take a closer look at some of the unique facts about this entertainment genre.

1. Black Comedy is Here to Stay

The black comedy sub-genre has been around for as long as we can remember. However, there is a growing trend of TV show producers censuring it in favor of other sub-genres. Even so, it’s hard to see black comedy completely phased out in the near future. Examples of shows under this category include The Death of Stalin and Ted by Seth MacFarlane.

2. Japanese Zombie Comedy, “One Cut of the Dead”, Earned a Thousand Times Its Budget

Released in 2017, a popular Japanese comedy titled “One Cut of the Dead”, earned more than a thousand times its initial budget. Being a low-budget film that only cost $25,000, its box office numbers ran up to $31.2 million.

3. Lincoln was Assassinated During a Comedy Play

One of the worst assassinations in American history happened during a comedy play. On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln attended a comedy play titled “Our American Cousin”. It was there that John Wilkes Booth snuck behind him and shot him.

4. Evan Almighty is the Most Expensive Comedy Ever Created

According to Watch Mojo, Evan Almighty is the most expensive comedy ever created. Featuring famous artists such as Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, and Wanda Sykes, Evan Almighty had a budget of $175 million. Most of that money went into creating the 450-long ark and costumes.

5. Python, the Programming Language, was Named after a BBC Comedy Sketch

Python, one of the most popular programming languages, was named after a BBC comedy sketch called Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

6. Snoop Dog Once Had a Comedy Sketch on MTV

From 2002 to 2003, famous rapper Snoop Dogg hosted and produced a comedy sketch called Doggy Fizzle Televizzle, which ran on MTV. However, it only lasted a season because Snoop demanded $1 million to appear in the second season.

7. Justin Bieber Got One of the Meanest Roasts on Comedy Central

The roast of Justin Bieber was unforgettable for most Comedy Central fans. But do you know it was rated the second meanest roast ever? Hannibal Buress, Snoop Dogg, Kevin Hart, Martha Stewart, and even Shaquille Oneal didn’t go easy on the pop star. Bieber’s roast, however, never came close to the roast of Chevy Chase. Chevy’s was so mean that Comedy Central never re-aired it.

8. IMDB Recognizes Dave Chapelle as the Number 1 Comedian

At the time of writing this article, IMDB recognizes Dave Chapelle as the number-one comedian of all time. Louis CK and Bill Burr follow closely. Different publishers have varying lists because there is no standard metric for telling who the best comedian is. For instance, the Guardian lists Chris Rock, Steve Coogan, and Tina Frey as the three top comedians of the 21st century.

9. Comedian Sam Kinison was once a Preacher

Before becoming a standup comedian, Sam Kinison was a Pentecostal Preacher. This doesn’t come as a surprise, considering he was born into a Christian Family and his dad was a pastor. His siblings also served in the ministry.

10. There is a Comedy for a Cause NGO

Founded in 2013, Comedy for a Cause is a non-profit organization that organizes comedy shows for charity events. It is designed to help people book comedians for entertainment and fundraising. In 2024, the NGO will feature comedians Angel Gaines and Mike Burton for a 90-minute performance. Since its founding, the organization has helped raise more than $1 million for various causes.

11. Comedy-Based Commercials Generate More Returns

Gone are the days when commercials were serious and straight to the point. Today, most commercials integrate comedy or humor, a method proven to bring better returns.

12. Eric Marlon Chose the Name Jamie Foxx to Get an Upper Hand in Comedy

Formally known as Eric Marlon Bishop, comedian, and filmmaker Jammie Foxx chose the stage name, hoping it would give him an advantage over female standup comedians. According to an interview by the icon, he narrates that he had studied the trends and noticed his female counterparts were often called first on stage. He also cited the name’s association with comedian Redd Foxx as another reason why he chose it.

13. Aristotle Viewed Comedy as a Representation of Human Beings Being Worse Than They Are

Ancient Greek Philosopher Aristotle viewed comedy as a representation of human beings as worse than they are. According to him, comedy was not evil, but it was more ridiculous. He compared it to tragedy, highlighting the latter as a representation of humans being better than they really are.

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Last Update: April 15, 2024