2 the Ranting Gryphon (born August 1972) is a professional comedian who performs primarily at sci-fi and furry conventions. '2' is an alias, his real name is Matthew Davis. 2 the Ranting Gryphon"

The word aardvark has traditionally been famous as the first word in the dictionary and many encyclopedias. Aardvark (word)"

Alternative comedy is a style of comedy that originated in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s and 1980s which would eventually go on to become mainstream in the 1990s and up to the present day. It coincided with other comedy movements of a similar style around the world, although the British scene had many unique aspects. Alternative comedy"

Greek comedy is the name given to a wide genre of theatrical plays written, and performed, in Ancient Greece. Along with tragedy, it makes up the greater portion of ancient Greek theatre, and its descendant traditions. Ancient Greek comedy"

Atellanæ Fabulæ (Atellan Fables, Atellan Farce, Fabula Atellana), also known as Oscan Games (Ludi osci), were a collection of theatrical pieces of low or buffoonish comedy popular in Ancient Rome. Named after Atella, an Oscan town in Campania, where they were invented, they were originally written in Oscan and imported into Rome in 391 BC. In later Roman versions, only the ridiculous characters read their lines in Oscan, while the others used Latin. Atellanæ Fabulæ"

A recurring theme in the literary, theatrical and film tradition of comedy is the use of stock characters representing authority figures, designed to poke fun at officialdom by showing that its members are not immune to entanglement in the ridiculous. This is an old tradition, well illustrated in works such as Voltaire's Candide. Authority figures in comedy"

Ballad operas ( comic operas) are popular 18th century English operas. They are less serious and are set to popular, traditional tunes. Ballad opera"

Black comedy, also known as black humor, is a subgenre of comedy and satire where topics and events normally treated seriously – death, mass murder, sickness, madness, terror, drug abuse, rape, etc. – are treated in a humorous or satirical manner. Synonyms created to avoid possible racial overtones include dark humor, morbid humor, gallows humor and off-color humor (see also color metaphors for race.) A scene in Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot demonstrates black comedy well: a man takes off his belt to hang himself, and his trousers fall down. Black comedy"

Black Comedy is a one-act play by British dramatist Peter Shaffer, first performed in 1965. The play is, suitably enough, a black comedy in which the effect loss of light would have on a group of people who all hold things from each other is explored; as such, its title is a pun. Black Comedy"

The term Buffoon is, a usually, friendly term for someone who provides amusement by his appearance or behaviour or both. Strictly, a buffoon is, "A ridiculous, but nevertheless amusing person" and is often used to upbraid naughty school children, e.g. "Stop that Tisshaw - you Buffoon". Buffoon"

A callback, in terms of comedy, is a joke which refers to one previously told in the set. The second joke is often presented in a different context than the one which was used in the initial joke. Callbacks are usually used at or near the end of a set, as the aim is to create the biggest laugh at the end of a comic set. The main principle behind the callback is to make the audience feel a sense of familiarity with the subject matter, as well as with the comedian. It helps to create audience rapport. When the second joke is told, it induces a feeling similar to that of being told a personal or in-joke. Callback (comedy)"

Cambridge Circus is a comedy revue that played in London in the 1960s. Unfortunately the title sometimes confused audiences, as it was not actually playing at Cambridge Circus itself. (The original name of the revue was A Clump of Plinths.) Cambridge Circus (comedy)"

Catch a Rising Star is a chain of comedy clubs, founded in New York City in 1972. It has since spread to other areas, such as Las Vegas and New Jersey. Catch a Rising Star"

City comedy is a common genre of Elizabethan drama. It is a vague term that different scholars use to mean slightly different things. Here are the usual meanings: City comedy"

The City Life Comedian of the Year competition is judged annually in Manchester, and sponsored by the City Life magazine. City Life Comedian of the Year"

A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. This might be through jokes or amusing situations, or acting the fool, as in slapstick, or employing prop comedy. A female comedian may be known as a comedienne although this usage has been deprecated in recent years. Comedian"

Comedy is the use of humor in the form of theater, where it simply referred to a play with a happy ending, in contrast to a tragedy. A recognized characteristic of comedy is that it is an intensely personal enjoyment. People frequently don't find the same things amusing, but when they do it can help to create powerful bonds. Comedy"

Comedy Central is a cable television channel in the United States. As its name implies, the channel carries predominantly comedy programming, both original and syndicated. While once a small cable network that few watched, in recent years it has grown to be one of the most popular cable channels, earning the praise of many entertainment-based media along the way. Comedy Central"

A comedy club is a club where people can sit at a table, enjoy a drink and watch or listen to performances, including stand-up comedians, improvisational comedians, impersonators, magicians, ventriloquists and other comedy acts. The term "comedy club" usually refers to venues that feature standup comedy, as distinguished from improv theaters that host improv or sketch comedy and variety clubs that may also host musical acts. Comedy club"

A comedy of errors is dramatic work (often a play) that is light and often humorous or satirical in tone, in which the action usually features a series of comic instances of mistaken identity, and which typically culminates in a happy resolution of the thematic conflict. Comedy of errors"

The comedy of manners satirizes the manners and affectations of a social class, often represented by stock characters, such as the miles gloriosus in ancient times, the fop and the rake during the Restoration, or an old person pretending to be young. The plot of the comedy, often concerned with an illicit love affair or some other scandal, is generally less important than its witty and often bawdy dialogue. Comedy of manners"

Comedy Playhouse was an occasional BBC television anthology series of the 1960s and early 1970s, consisting of one-off comedic plays with the potential to be turned into regular sitcoms. Comedy Playhouse"

Comedy Rock is a genre that mixes stereotypes of rock and roll lifestyle and general comedy with rock and roll music. Such artists include Adam Sandler, Frank Zappa, Stephen Lynch, Weird Al Yankovic, UFO Phil, Tenacious D and Ween. Some Comedy Rock groups, such as Frank Zappa and Tenacious D, often poke fun at the norms of different rock genres through their lyrics, actions, or imitations of the other genres. Most comedy rockers, however, mainly just create rock and roll with amusing, witty, or over the top lyrics about topics usually not covered in other genres. Comedy rock"