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
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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
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Bradley Cooper
6’3” | 1.91 m
2003 (Elf)
Buddy the Elf
191.000
2003.00
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Buddy the Elf
5’5” | 1.65 m
April 16, 1889
Charlie Chaplin
165.000
1889.00
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Charlie Chaplin
6’2” | 1.88 m
June 21, 1979
Chris Pratt
188.000
1979.00
784000
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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
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Dave Chappelle
6’2” | 1.88 m
April 12, 1947
David Letterman
188.000
1947.00
128000
3D
David Letterman
Deadpool
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6’2” | 1.88 m
The New Mutants #98 (February 1991)
Deadpool
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1991.00
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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
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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
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Emma Stone
5’11” | 1.80 m
May 6, 1961
George Clooney
180.000
1961.00
370000
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George Clooney
5’9” | 1.75 m
August 4, 1983
Greta Gerwig
175.000
1983.00
84000
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Greta Gerwig
Hawkeye
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5’8” | 1.73 m
Tales of Suspense #57 (September, 1964)
Hawkeye
173.000
1964.00
92000
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Hawkeye
6’5” | 1.96 m
January 12, 1954
Howard Stern
196.000
1954.00
301000
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Howard Stern
2’7” | .79 m
Adventure into Fear #19 (Dec. 1973)
Howard the Duck
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1973.00
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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
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Jay Leno
6’4” | 1.93 m
October 22, 1952
Jeff Goldblum
193.000
1952.00
258000
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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
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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
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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
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
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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
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3D
Owen Wilson
5’8” | 1.73 m
February 17, 1981
Paris Hilton
173.000
1981.00
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3D
Paris Hilton
5’3” | 1.60 m
January 27, 1969
Patton Oswalt
160.000
1969.00
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Patton Oswalt
Pauly D
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5’10” | 1.78 m
July 5, 1980
Pauly D
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1980.00
53000
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Pauly D
6′1″ | 1.85 m
March 27, 1963
Quentin Tarantino
185.000
1963.00
470000
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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
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Robin Williams
5’10” | 1.78 m
November 22, 1921
Rodney Dangerfield
178.000
1921.00
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Rodney Dangerfield
6’2” | 1.88 m
October 23, 1976
Ryan Reynolds
188.000
1976.00
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Ryan Reynolds
Sandra Oh
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5’5” | 1.65 m
July 20, 1971
Sandra Oh
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1971.00
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Sandra Oh
5’6” | 1.68 m
April 12, 1994
Saoirse Ronan
168.000
1994.00
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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
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1973.00
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Seth Myers
Snooki
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4’8” | 1.42 m
November 23, 1987
Snooki
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1987.00
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Snooki
5′4″ | 1.63 m
May 14, 1971
Sofia Coppola
163.000
1971.00
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Sofia Coppola
5′7″ | 1.70 m
October 22, 1969
Spike Jonze
170.000
1969.00
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Spike Jonze
5’11” | 1.80 m
May 13, 1964
Stephen Colbert
180.000
1964.00
401000
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Stephen Colbert
5’9” | 1.75 m
August 16, 1962
Steve Carell
175.000
1962.00
255000
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Steve Carell
6’1” | 1.85 m
January 17, 1957
Steve Harvey
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1957.00
343000
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Steve Harvey
6’0” | 1.83 m
August 14, 1945
Steve Martin
183.000
1945.00
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Steve Martin
6′0″ | 1.83 m
August 16, 1975
Taika Waititi
183.000
1975.00
331000
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Taika Waititi
6’2” | 1.88 m
1957 (How the Grinch Stole Christmas!)
The Grinch
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1957.00
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The Grinch
5’5” | 1.65 m
March 24, 1971
Tig Notaro
165.000
1971.00
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Tig Notaro
5’11” | 1.80 m
February 20, 1984
Trevor Noah
180.000
1984.00
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Trevor Noah
6’5” | 1.96 m
March 28, 1970
Vince Vaughn
196.000
1970.00
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Vince Vaughn
5’10” | 1.78 m
December 5, 1901
Walt Disney
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1901.00
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Walt Disney
6′1″ | 1.85 m
May 1, 1969
Wes Anderson
185.000
1969.00
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Wes Anderson
6’3” | 1.91 m
July 16, 1967
Will Ferrell
191.000
1967.00
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Will Ferrell
5′5″ | 1.65 m
December 1, 1935
Woody Allen
165.000
1935.00
209000
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Woody Allen
5’10” | 1.78 m
February 7, 1990
jacksepticeye
178.000
1990.00
399000
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Woody Allen
Scaled height comparison illustrations of Woody Allen in relation to other directors

Woody Allen, born Allan Stewart Konigsberg, is a director, writer, and actor, best known for his romantic comedies, Annie Hall and Manhattan. Woody Allen was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and had his break into show business with writing jokes for the local newspaper, before becoming a successful stand-up comedian. While performing stand-up, Woody Allen was recruited to write a script for Warren Beatty to star in; however, Woody Allen also cast himself and gave himself all the best lines leading to Warren Beatty leaving the production before completion. He has been making films since 1966 and has released a film every year since 1982 (excluding 2018).

Allen is known for his specific film style; the creation of idiosyncratic characters who engage in lengthy dialogue, the alluring cinematography and the slightly surreal aspect of his staging. Popular films include Annie Hall and Manhattan. Woody Allen is a somewhat controversial figure; he married his ex-partner’s adopted daughter Soon- Yi Previn in 1997 and he has also been accused of numerous counts of sexual assault. There is much debate about whether he should continue to be celebrated as an important film director.

Woody Allen has a height of 5′5″ (1.65 m).

Set of dimensioned drawings of Woody Allen labeled with overall height
Woody Allen, born Allan Stewart Konigsberg, is a director, writer, and actor, best known for his romantic comedies, Annie Hall and Manhattan. Woody Allen was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and had his break into show business with writing jokes for newspapers before stand-up comedy.

Woody Allen has a height of 5′5″ (1.65 m).

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Woody Allen
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1956–Present

Given Name
Allan Stewart Konigsberg
Birthday
December 1, 1935

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Mark Wahlberg
Collection of drawings of Mark Wahlberg measured with overall height

Mark Wahlberg is an American actor. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1971, the youngest of nine children. He began his career in music, appearing alongside his brother Donnie as part of the successful boy band, New Kids On The Block. In 1993 he made his acting debut, appearing in Renaissance Man, The Basketball Diaries and Fear. He cemented his status as a movie star through the 1990s, gaining leading roles in Boogie Nights, The Italian Job, and Ocean’s Eleven. In 2018, his salary of $1.5 million dollars for the film, All The Money In The World caused controversy in light of ongoing conversations about the gender pay gap in Hollywood. Michelle Williams received less than $1000 for her role in the film.

Mark Wahlberg has a height of 5’10” (1.78 m).

Mark Wahlberg is an American actor. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1971, the youngest of nine children. He began his career in music, before becoming a movie star through the 1990s, gaining leading roles in Boogie Nights, The Italian Job, and Ocean’s Eleven.

Mark Wahlberg has a height of 5’10” (1.78 m).

Mark Wahlberg
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Nationality: United States
Years Active: 1989–Present (actor); 1984–1997 (singer)

Given Name
Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg
Birthday
June 5, 1971

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Owen Wilson

Owen Wilson is an American actor. Known for his comedic timing and portrayal of often foolish and outlandish characters, he has appeared in many box office hits including Zoolander (2001), Wedding crashers (2005), and Meet the Parents (2000). He has a longstanding relationship with director Wes Anderson and has appeared in several of his films, including Bottle Rocket (1993), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). He is set to appear in the upcoming Wes Anderson film, The French Dispatch (2020). Owen Wilson is brother to Luke Wilson- also an actor- and appears alongside him in several films.

Owen Wilson has a height of 5’10” (1.78 m).

Set of dimensioned drawings of Owen Wilson labeled with overall height
Owen Wilson is an American actor. Known for his comedic timing and portrayal of often foolish and outlandish characters, he has appeared in many box office hits including Zoolander (2001), Wedding crashers (2005), and Meet the Parents (2000). He has appeared in many Wes Anderson films.

Owen Wilson has a height of 5’10” (1.78 m).

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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1996–Present

Given Name
Owen Cunningham Wilson
Birthday
November 18, 1968

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Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie is a Hollywood actress. Born in Australia, she began her career appearing on popular Australian television show, Neighbours. She rose to fame when she was cast opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2013 film, The Wolf of Wall Street and has since appeared in several blockbuster hits, including Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017), Mary Queen of Scots (2018), and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019). She was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of ice skater Tonya Harding in the 2017 film, I, Tonya. She married assistant director, Tom Ackerley in 2016; they now live together in Los Angeles.

Margot Robbie has a height of 5’6” (1.68 m).

Set of dimensioned drawings of Margot Robbie labeled with overall height
Margot Robbie is a Hollywood actress. Born in Australia, she began her career appearing on popular Australian television show, Neighbours. She rose to fame when she was cast opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2013 film, The Wolf of Wall Street and has since appeared in several blockbuster hits.

Margot Robbie has a height of 5’6” (1.68 m).

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Nationality: Australia

Years Active: 2088–Present

Given Name
Margot Elise Robbie
Birthday
July 2, 1990

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John Oliver
Size comparison drawings of John Oliver comparing the heights of other related media personalities

John Oliver is a British comedian most popular for his role in 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,' and now his popular HBO special 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver'. Born in England, John Oliver got his start with a group of comedians called The Chocolate Milk Gang, which was a group of comedians who collaborated with each other. Oliver's big break came from the recommendation of Ricky Gervais, who recommended him for 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart', where he stood in as host for 6 weeks. After receiving great reviews, HBO decided to give Oliver his own show, which has been successfully on air since.

John Oliver has a height of 6’0” (1.83 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of John Oliver with height measurements
John Oliver is a British comedian most popular for his role in 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,' and now his popular HBO special 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.' Born in England, John Oliver got his start with a group of comedians called The Chocolate Milk Gang.'

John Oliver has a height of 6’0” (1.83 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of John Oliver with height measurements
John Oliver
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Nationality: England

Years Active: 1998–Present

Given Name
John William Oliver
Birthday
April 23, 1977

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