“…comedy is clearly a higher and more difficult art than straight drama.”
I’m not entirely convinced of this any more. I think it’s just that with comedy you know if it’s worked or not because you either laugh or don’t laugh. With drama we have no definitive criteria for success, so we just assume it always works to some degree, therefore it’s easier.
So I think our criteria for judging drama is too lax. If the criteria for successful drama was that it made you cry or gasp then drama might seem a more difficult art than comedy.
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