Controversy over if Piggy was a girl or boy
Girl: a strong feminist ideals
Boy: Played by Frank with a Falsetto/breathy/sexy voice and is sexually aggressive
Where does Comedy come from?
Darwin: Smile = teeth without the bite
Freud: Repressed psyche escapes through safety valve
Bakhtin: Revolutionary potential humor
Bergson: Human response to rigid and mechanical in life
French philosopher or early 20th century
Wrote 3 essays on "Laughter"
Importance of comedy as teaching tool. Comedy teaches humans to be responsive,
honest, and correct selves. It is a social and civilizing force in a mechanistic world
Comedy requires distance, can’t identify too much with the butt of the joke
Comedy is social. It belongs to the group and may not translate across cultures [unless it
is element (body, sex, food, excretion)]
Laughter roots out the mechanical and returns us to elasticity
It is "dreams dreamt by the whole society"
Differences with the old and new Muppet show