Comedy as a genre has endured over generations. In addition to it being consistent in evoking laughter from the audience--Comedy has a clear goal to constructively amuse and entertain people.
Comedy is undoubtedly a great deal of art with a dash of science.
Furthermore, comedy has been such an integral part of people's lives which has made it possible for it to evolve into different subtypes. These subtypes have been classified based on their source of hilarity, context it focuses on and method of narration.
Each of the types has an obvious style that differentiates it from other types and fascinates the audience for its distinctive method. Comics choose their genre based on their adaptability, preference and what works the best with the audience.
So if you are wondering what are genres of comedy the audience unquestionably loves then stay right here, we've got you covered:
1. Anecdotal Comedy
I'm sure, we all love narrating quirky incidents to our friends that happen to us. Isn't it an absolute delight to catch their amused reaction while we walk them through it?
Well narrating real-life events with a dash of exaggeration is what Anecdotal comedy as a genre is all about.
In order to deliver anecdotal comedy, comedians are in the habit of writing strange and shocking stories from their day to day life. Comedians also understand that embarrassing incidents if delivered with proper set-up and punchline would definitely make people laugh. However, not all anecdotal stories are completely real, comedians have to exaggerate it a little, so that it gets interesting for the audience and they burst into laughter.
Famous comedians like Biswa Kalyan Rath, Zakir khan, Kanan Gill all are perfect examples of impressive Anecdotal Comedy.
2. Crowd Work
Comedy is not always one person telling their prepared jokes in a room of audience just laughing at it. Crowd Work in contrast to the typical format is a way of comedians interacting with the audience and making on spot jokes about them. It helps the comedians build a genuine connection with the audience and the manner in which each comedian does crowd work is what distinguishes them majorly. Making jokes from the conversation with the audience needs a lot of acknowledgement and subtle delivery of the joke in the conversation manner.
The ability to swiftly frame jokes is what raises the bar right away for the comic.
3. Improv comedy
The author of the book "Truth in the comedy" quotes that-
“Improv is much closer to ping pong than it is to chess. Actors create an improv scene in the same spontaneous way."
Improv Comedy comes with a baggage of uncertainty and it is true because comics are supposed to perform impulsively with no former knowledge about the topic. Improv is different from normal stand-up comedy because jokes are not cracked in the monologue format but as a team.
It certainly requires a lot of teamwork and the ability to add your bit spontaneously to someone else's joke to enhance the funny moment. Another point of improv comedy that no one talks about is that the comedians get to be goofy in their authentic manner by creating new stories, voices, characters.
4. Heritage Comedy
Heritage Comedy as a different genre has been classified based on its context and it is about joking on culture-based stereotypes. Raju Shrivastava, Kenny Sebastian are suitable examples of comedians that perform heritage comedy.
Certainly, there are more types of comedy than one can even think of but above mentioned are the ones that are performed frequently. Sometimes the comic styles do overlap because every comedian has a unique approach to performing comedy.