Elements of Comedy in The Simpsons Essay

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Elements of Comedy in The Simpsons

The TV show, "The Simpsons" is considered by many to be one of the greatest animated shows ever made. Incredibly popular with people of all ages, creator Matt Groening combined numerous elements of humor to produce a truly original program. His goal is to never repeat the same joke twice. The year 2000 will mark the 10th anniversary of the show
(which adds up to a lot of original jokes), and highlights its achievement as primetime TVÕs current longest running series. In addition, "The Simpsons" was selected to be the feature presentation at the Sixth Annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. There, members of the cast will re-enact a previous episode in front of a
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Much of this irony takes a rather crude or disgusting form, which somehow makes the situations even funnier. Finally, "The
Simpsons" makes a strong emphasis to incorporate relatively modern references into its plot lines, as well as present date-specific shows.
Humor changes over time, even over the course of ten years, so by adapting to stay modern "The Simpsons" has managed to stay original and maintain an aging audience while attracting new viewers.

The characters in "The Simpsons" make for an enjoyable show even without all the jokes. The show revolves around the "nuclear" family of five: Homer and Marge, and Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. Homer is the slightly overweight happy-go-lucky father, rather simple in mind but overall a good person. Although he is not an alcoholic, his obsession with food and beer is used in a lot of the showÕs jokes. In one of the episodes the town goes under prohibition, and Homer buys forty-eight bathtubs to start making his own beer. Throughout the night the "stills" start exploding, and only after he accidentally lights himself on fire (rather humorous) does he finally follow MargeÕs advice and quit. Marge is the somewhat worrisome mother who generally tries (unsuccessfully) to keep everyone out of trouble. Bart is the oldest child, and somewhat of a trouble-maker (but once again generally a good person overall). Lisa

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