A comedy is a genre of entertainment that intends to provide humor for the audience. The comedy genre originated in Athens, Greece during the 5th century BC, developed as a celebration of the Greek God of fun and revelry. Comedies can have varying narratives, but are usually told in a way that makes fun out of the characters situations. Most comedies have a happy ending. However, there are many different sub-categories of the genre; black comedy explores topics that are usually held as serious and explores them in a comical way. This can sometimes make the viewer laugh and feel uncomfortable at the same time.

What is comedy?

Comedy is a genre intended to be humorous or amusing. Comedy strives to create laughter and is featured in theater, television, film, stand-up comedy, books or other forms of entertainment. Comedy is subjective to the individual and sense of humor. The comedy genre makes people laugh and has a positive ending. The tone of comedies is generally light and satirical.

What are the different forms of comedy?

The different types of comedy are slapstick which is physical comedy, parody which mimics or ridicules others, spoof which is a light parody, and satire which mocks society or politics. Other forms of comedy are irony which is when the opposite of what’s expected happens, sarcasm which is a scornful response, and farce which features exaggeration of characters. Dark comedy discusses serious subjects and surrealism explores abstract situations are more forms of comedy.

Why do people laugh?

People laugh to show that they like other people, agree with them, understand them, and are part of the same group as them. Laughter is a social behavior and is a way of making and maintaining social bonds. Sometimes people laugh because someone else is laughing, similar to yawning. People that laugh feel immediately better and are happier in their relationships. Laughter serves as a way for people to regulate their emotions together.

Comedy Guides
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5’7” | 1.70 m
June 1, 1981
Amy Schumer
170.000
1981.00
447000
3D
Amy Schumer
5’6” | 1.68 m
February 23, 1983
Aziz Ansari
168.000
1983.00
77000
3D
Aziz Ansari
Bill Burr
384000
5’10” | 1.78 m
June 10, 1968
Bill Burr
178.000
1968.00
384000
3D
Bill Burr
6’0” | 1.83 m
July 12, 1937
Bill Cosby
183.000
1937.00
216000
3D
Bill Cosby
6’1” | 1.85 m
January 5, 1975
Bradley Cooper
185.000
1975.00
682000
3D
Bradley Cooper
6’3” | 1.91 m
2003 (Elf)
Buddy the Elf
191.000
2003.00
14000
3D
Buddy the Elf
5’5” | 1.65 m
April 16, 1889
Charlie Chaplin
165.000
1889.00
131000
3D
Charlie Chaplin
6’2” | 1.88 m
June 21, 1979
Chris Pratt
188.000
1979.00
784000
3D
Chris Pratt
5’10” | 1.78 m
February 7, 1965
Chris Rock
178.000
1965.00
166000
3D
Chris Rock
6’4” | 1.93 m
April 18, 1963
Conan O’Brien
193.000
1963.00
154000
3D
Conan O’Brien
4’10” | 1.47 m
November 17, 1944
Danny DeVito
147.000
1944.00
350000
3D
Danny DeVito
6’0” | 1.83 m
August 24, 1973
Dave Chappelle
183.000
1973.00
429000
3D
Dave Chappelle
6’2” | 1.88 m
April 12, 1947
David Letterman
188.000
1947.00
128000
3D
David Letterman
Deadpool
385000
6’2” | 1.88 m
The New Mutants #98 (February 1991)
Deadpool
1.880
1991.00
385000
3D
Deadpool
5’7” | 1.70 m
Feburary 2, 1953
Dog the Bounty Hunter
170.000
1953.00
81000
3D
Dog the Bounty Hunter
5’9” | 1.75 m
April 3, 1961
Eddie Murphy
175.000
1961.00
342000
3D
Eddie Murphy
5’7” | 1.70 m
January 26, 1958
Ellen DeGeneres
170.000
1958.00
409000
3D
Ellen DeGeneres
5’6” | 1.68 m
November 6, 1988
Emma Stone
168.000
1988.00
565000
3D
Emma Stone
5’11” | 1.80 m
May 6, 1961
George Clooney
180.000
1961.00
370000
3D
George Clooney
5’9” | 1.75 m
August 4, 1983
Greta Gerwig
175.000
1983.00
84000
3D
Greta Gerwig
Hawkeye
92000
5’8” | 1.73 m
Tales of Suspense #57 (September, 1964)
Hawkeye
173.000
1964.00
92000
3D
Hawkeye
6’5” | 1.96 m
January 12, 1954
Howard Stern
196.000
1954.00
301000
3D
Howard Stern
2’7” | .79 m
Adventure into Fear #19 (Dec. 1973)
Howard the Duck
0.790
1973.00
90000
3D
Howard the Duck
5’9” | 1.75 m
April 7, 1954
Jackie Chan
175.000
1954.00
371000
3D
Jackie Chan
5’8” | 1.73 m
August 22, 1978
James Corden
173.000
1978.00
224000
3D
James Corden
Jay Leno
130000
5’11” | 1.80 m
April 28, 1950
Jay Leno
180.000
1950.00
130000
3D
Jay Leno
6’4” | 1.93 m
October 22, 1952
Jeff Goldblum
193.000
1952.00
258000
3D
Jeff Goldblum
5’11” | 1.80 m
April 29, 1954
Jerry Seinfeld
180.000
1954.00
192000
3D
Jerry Seinfeld
6’2” | 1.88 m
January 17, 1962
Jim Carrey
188.000
1962.00
351000
3D
Jim Carrey
6’0” | 1.83 m
September 19, 1974
Jimmy Fallon
183.000
1974.00
364000
3D
Jimmy Fallon
5’11” | 1.80 m
November 13, 1967
Jimmy Kimmel
180.000
1967.00
225000
3D
Jimmy Kimmel
Joe Rogan
656000
5’7” | 1.70 m
August 11, 1967
Joe Rogan
170.000
1967.00
656000
3D
Joe Rogan
6’3” | 1.91 m
October 20, 1979
John Krasinski
191.000
1979.00
348000
3D
John Krasinski
6’0” | 1.83 m
April 23, 1977
John Oliver
183.000
1977.00
321000
3D
John Oliver
5’7” | 1.70 m
November 28, 1962
Jon Stewart
170.000
1962.00
154000
3D
Jon Stewart
5’9” | 1.75 m
October 28, 1967
Julia Roberts
175.000
1967.00
348000
3D
Julia Roberts
5’4” | 1.63 m
July 6, 1979
Kevin Hart
163.000
1979.00
531000
3D
Kevin Hart
6’2” | 1.88 m
November 11, 1922
Kurt Vonnegut
188.000
1922.00
72000
3D
Kurt Vonnegut
5’11” | 1.80 m
July 2, 1947
Larry David
180.000
1947.00
138000
3D
Larry David
5’11” | 1.80 m
September 21, 1971
Luke Wilson
180.000
1971.00
89000
3D
Luke Wilson
5’6” | 1.68 m
July 2, 1990
Margot Robbie
168.000
1990.00
738000
3D
Margot Robbie
5’10” | 1.78 m
June 5, 1971
Mark Wahlberg
178.000
1971.00
397000
3D
Mark Wahlberg
5’10” | 1.78 m
October 8, 1970
Matt Damon
178.000
1970.00
359000
3D
Matt Damon
5′5″ | 1.65 m
June 28, 1926
Mel Brooks
165.000
1926.00
217000
3D
Mel Brooks
6’0” | 1.83 m
October 8, 1980
Nick Cannon
183.000
1980.00
257000
3D
Nick Cannon
5’10” | 1.78 m
November 18, 1968
Owen Wilson
178.000
1968.00
160000
3D
Owen Wilson
5’8” | 1.73 m
February 17, 1981
Paris Hilton
173.000
1981.00
278000
3D
Paris Hilton
5’3” | 1.60 m
January 27, 1969
Patton Oswalt
160.000
1969.00
233000
3D
Patton Oswalt
Pauly D
53000
5’10” | 1.78 m
July 5, 1980
Pauly D
178.000
1980.00
53000
3D
Pauly D
6′1″ | 1.85 m
March 27, 1963
Quentin Tarantino
185.000
1963.00
470000
3D
Quentin Tarantino
5’8” | 1.73 m
June 25, 1961
Ricky Gervais
173.000
1961.00
119000
3D
Ricky Gervais
5’7” | 1.70 m
July 21, 1951
Robin Williams
170.000
1951.00
427000
3D
Robin Williams
5’10” | 1.78 m
November 22, 1921
Rodney Dangerfield
178.000
1921.00
139000
3D
Rodney Dangerfield
6’2” | 1.88 m
October 23, 1976
Ryan Reynolds
188.000
1976.00
558000
3D
Ryan Reynolds
Sandra Oh
136000
5’5” | 1.65 m
July 20, 1971
Sandra Oh
165.000
1971.00
136000
3D
Sandra Oh
5’6” | 1.68 m
April 12, 1994
Saoirse Ronan
168.000
1994.00
251000
3D
Saoirse Ronan
5’7” | 1.70 m
December 1, 1970
Sarah Silverman
170.000
1970.00
296000
3D
Sarah Silverman
5’11” | 1.80 m
December 28, 1973
Seth Myers
180.000
1973.00
196000
3D
Seth Myers
Snooki
82000
4’8” | 1.42 m
November 23, 1987
Snooki
142.000
1987.00
82000
3D
Snooki
5′4″ | 1.63 m
May 14, 1971
Sofia Coppola
163.000
1971.00
52000
3D
Sofia Coppola
5′7″ | 1.70 m
October 22, 1969
Spike Jonze
170.000
1969.00
48000
3D
Spike Jonze
5’11” | 1.80 m
May 13, 1964
Stephen Colbert
180.000
1964.00
401000
3D
Stephen Colbert
5’9” | 1.75 m
August 16, 1962
Steve Carell
175.000
1962.00
255000
3D
Steve Carell
6’1” | 1.85 m
January 17, 1957
Steve Harvey
185.000
1957.00
343000
3D
Steve Harvey
6’0” | 1.83 m
August 14, 1945
Steve Martin
183.000
1945.00
150000
3D
Steve Martin
6′0″ | 1.83 m
August 16, 1975
Taika Waititi
183.000
1975.00
331000
3D
Taika Waititi
6’2” | 1.88 m
1957 (How the Grinch Stole Christmas!)
The Grinch
188.000
1957.00
293000
3D
The Grinch
5’5” | 1.65 m
March 24, 1971
Tig Notaro
165.000
1971.00
44000
3D
Tig Notaro
5’11” | 1.80 m
February 20, 1984
Trevor Noah
180.000
1984.00
402000
3D
Trevor Noah
6’5” | 1.96 m
March 28, 1970
Vince Vaughn
196.000
1970.00
97000
3D
Vince Vaughn
5’10” | 1.78 m
December 5, 1901
Walt Disney
178.000
1901.00
189000
3D
Walt Disney
6′1″ | 1.85 m
May 1, 1969
Wes Anderson
185.000
1969.00
135000
3D
Wes Anderson
6’3” | 1.91 m
July 16, 1967
Will Ferrell
191.000
1967.00
194000
3D
Will Ferrell
5’7” | 1.70 m (Estimated)
April 26, 1564
William Shakespeare
170.000
1564.00
705000
3D
William Shakespeare
5′5″ | 1.65 m
December 1, 1935
Woody Allen
165.000
1935.00
209000
3D
Woody Allen
5’10” | 1.78 m
February 7, 1990
jacksepticeye
178.000
1990.00
399000
3D
jacksepticeye
James Corden
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James Corden is best known these days as host of The Late Late Show with James Corden, and has led a career as an actor, comedian, host and writer. Born in the Greater London area, James Corden began his career in British Television, the most popular show being Gavin and Stacey, which won Best New Television show in the British Comedy Awards. In 2005, Corden ended up taking the place of Craig Ferguson in The Late Late Show, then created a carpool karaoke skit that went viral and won him a Primetime Emmy. On top of being a success in the talk show industry, Corden also teamed up with the NBA to start a fundraising campaign called Feed the Children early 2020.

James Corden has a height of 5’8” (1.73 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of James Corden with height measurements
James Corden is best known these days as host of The Late Late Show with James Corden, and has led a career as an actor, comedian, host and writer. Born in the Greater London area, James Corden began his career in British Television, the most popular show being Gavin and Stacey.

James Corden has a height of 5’8” (1.73 m).

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James Corden
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Nationality: England

Years Active: 1996–Present

Given Name
James Kimberley Corden
Birthday
August 22, 1978

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Mel Brooks
Size comparison drawings of Mel Brooks comparing the heights of other related directors

Mel Brooks, an American director and producer, is known for directing parody films, such as, Spaceballs, History of the World: Part 1, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Mel Brooks was born in Brooklyn, New York and served in WWII, which influenced his films, as many of his films ridicule Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. Mel Brooks’ films always feature a male main character, the main villain always has facial hair, and he frequently includes Jewish references and jokes. Despite being known for directing comedies, Mel Brooks has also produced a number of serious dramas.

Mel Brooks has a height of 5′5″ (1.65 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Mel Brooks with height measurements
Mel Brooks, an American director and producer, is known for directing parody films, such as, Spaceballs, History of the World: Part 1, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Mel Brooks was born in Brooklyn, New York and served in WWII, which influenced his films, as many of his films ridicule Adolf Hitler.

Mel Brooks has a height of 5′5″ (1.65 m).

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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1949–Present

Given Name
Melvin Kaminsky
Birthday
June 28, 1926

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Bill Burr
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Bill Burr is best known for his “rage fueled” stand up comedy and host of the podcast All Things Comedy. Bill Burr’s comedy career began in the early 1990s when he moved to New York City and had a recurring role starring in the second season of The Chappelle Show. While his career began as a comedian, Bill Burr has made an impact as an actor, especially for his role in the hit series Breaking Bad as “Kuby”. He continues to run one of the most popular podcasts to date since 2007, All Things Comedy, and has been seen in multiple movies and TV shows throughout his career such as Stand Up Guys, The Heat, and The King of Staten Island.

Bill Burr has a height of 5’10” (1.78 m).

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Bill Burr is best known for his “rage fueled” stand up comedy and host of the podcast All Things Comedy. Bill Burr’s comedy career began in the early 1990s when he moved to New York City and had a recurring role starring in the second season of The Chappelle Show.

Bill Burr has a height of 5’10” (1.78 m).

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Bill Burr
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Nationality: United States
Years Active: 1992–Present

Given Name
William Frederick Burr
Years Active
June 10, 1968

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Jon Stewart
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Jon Stewart is a famous TV personality who is popular for his political stance as a Democrat and his famous talk show The Daily Show by Jon Stewart. Jon Stewart is a jack of all trades, a producer, actor, host, director and political voice. Jon Stewart began his career as a stand-up comedian and got his start on television with Comedy Central and soon after became host of The Daily Show. After Stewart became host of The Daily Show, the show gained a lot of popularity and while he was host it won multiple awards including 22 Primetime Emmys and 2 Grammy Awards. After leaving The Daily Show, Stewart’s most notable accomplishment is his fight for the first responders from 9/11, where he lobbied for the responders to have permanent funding through a Victim’s Compensation fund where the victims of 9/11 and first responders were finally guaranteed health care for life.

Jon Stewart has a height of 5’7” (1.70 m).

Set of dimensioned drawings of Jon Stewart labeled with overall height
Jon Stewart is a famous TV personality who is popular for his political stance as a Democrat and his famous talk show The Daily Show by Jon Stewart. Jon Stewart is a jack of all trades, a producer, actor, host, director and political voice. Jon Stewart began his career as a stand-up comedian.

Jon Stewart has a height of 5’7” (1.70 m).

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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1987–Present

Given Name
Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz
Birthday
November 28, 1962

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Trevor Noah
Scaled height comparison illustrations of Trevor Noah in relation to other media personalities

Trevor Noah is a famous comedian and talk show star best known for his current role in hosting The Daily Show. Earning his fame in satirical political comedy, Trevor Noah maintains a firm stance against the current Trump administration. Noah was the first South African comedian to perform on The Tonight Show in 2013 and went on to take the place of Jon Stewart in The Daily Show. He has appeared in a number of other films and shows over the years and has released a book titled Born a Crime, in 2016.

Trevor Noah has a height of 5’11” (1.80 m).

Set of dimensioned drawings of Trevor Noah labeled with overall height
Trevor Noah is a famous comedian and talk show star best known for his current role in hosting The Daily Show. Earning his fame in satirical political comedy, Trevor Noah maintains a firm stance against the Trump administration. Noah was the first South African comedian on The Tonight Show in 2013.

Trevor Noah has a height of 5’11” (1.80 m).

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Nationality: South Africa

Years Active: 2002–Present

Given Name
Trevor Noah
Birthday
February 20, 1984

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