chapter  11
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Responding to Comedy: The Sense and Nonsense of Humor

In this chapter, we describe the contemporary marketplace of comedy. We specify the characteristic contents of the so-called sitcom and trace its popularity. There­ after, we briefly discuss theories that seek to explain what, in and about comedy, it is that stirs people to laugh, and why this genre is the giant that it is among the various genres of entertainment.