Antonio Savorelli's Beyond Sitcom: New Directions in American Television Comedy PDF

By Antonio Savorelli

ISBN-10: 0786458437

ISBN-13: 9780786458431

This ebook explores the mechanisms that experience pushed the evolution of televisual comedy from the vintage sitcom, a style deeply rooted in its theatrical origins, towards a extra mature level of television's background. It analyzes 4 comedian series--Scrubs, The workplace, The Comeback, and unsightly Betty--revealing how each one separates itself from the conventional sitcom archetype and indicates elevated information of the comedian style. in the course of the writer makes a speciality of cardinal topics: the connection among comedy and euphoria; and the connection among comedian texts and fact.

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First of all, the picture format changes from the previous 4:3 aspect ratio to 16:9, and the show is broadcast in high definition. The episodes also gain a tag, that is a short sequence during end credits, which in previous seasons were displayed over still images taken from the episode. Instead of providing, as is generally the case in classic sitcom, an off-theme closure, these tags generally feature outtakes, bloopers and improvised sketches. More generally, the visual impact of the show seems to be more cinematic, with a more intense — and, in a way, less obviously comedic — use of colors and light.

Situation Comedy temporary American televisual comedy and classic theatrical comedy, Aristotle’s definition remains useful to my analysis. From a semiotic point of view, the absence of explicit laughter makes grasping the essence of comedy a harder task. On the one hand, the laugh track serves as a natural help to semiotics, as it textualizes the comic effect and makes it explicit; on the other hand, considering the laugh track as little more than background noise allows the possibility for the viewer to enjoy the text directly and to evaluate the places, times and intensity of its comic style.

In time, the Janitor starts interacting with other characters, who continue to know nothing about him but whatever he likes to make them believe (including his name). His main occupation, beside cleaning floors, is tormenting JD with insults, pranks and threats. Carla is usually the only one who can intimidate him. Later, he establishes more civilized relationships with others, and he even has a brief crush on Elliot, because, he says, she’s the only one who treats him like a person (episode 419, “My Best Laid Plans”).

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