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Comedy is a form of drama that originated in Ancient Greece. The first great comedy dramatist was Aristophanes who is remembered for satire. Comedy is, broadly speaking, any drama in which humour is a predominant factor or theme. It has developed via stage plays, including some written by William Shakespeare, to film and television.

Famous exponents of the genre include Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Frankie Howerd, Jennifer Saunders, and Lenny Henry.