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This posting identifies examples of the following characteristics of comedy in various plays' films, or television shows: suspension of natural laws, contrast between the social order and the individual, puns, malapropisms, comedy of character, and plot complications.

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As you look for modern examples, you may want to use The Truman Show to represent suspension of natural laws. Please recall how the film looks at the world of media and asserts basic values but suspends natural laws as Jim Carrey discovers that his entire life is actually a television show. The Three Stooges also epitomizes this term by the use of their silly and outlandish antics.

Next, Adam Sandler's The Wedding Singer depicts a contrast between the social order and the individual. For example, his character, a mere wedding singer, tries to compete with the social order or hierarchy of the upper class of Julia's rueful fiancé. Meet the Parents also utilizes this notion as Greg Focker battles the in-laws, the Fockers.

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I identify examples of the following characteristics of comedy in various plays' films, or television shows: suspension of natural laws, contrast between the social order and the individual, puns, malapropisms, comedy of character, and plot complications.

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