The Father of Comedy


In ancient Greece, poetry was part of everyday life. There were different types of poetry that included epic poetry, lyrical poetry, and comedy. 

The father of comical poetry was Aristophanes. His poetry is what is called old comedy style. He wrote about sexual and political topics as satire. His poems were later used as a format for Voltaire who did plays and poetry that showed the political world as buffoons. In more modern times, this type of comedy is seen in the work of Monty Python. You may remember the Monty Python funny skits and movies.

Isn't it wonderful to know that comedy is several thousand years old, but we are still using the ancient Greek template to create new material? Today, we need all the humor we can get. Remember, whether it's from ancient Greece or Monty Python, we all need to remember to laugh. 

Bill Kint