Interesting chat with a comic last night who's reading book associated with "MAKE ’EM LAUGH: The Funny Business of America" that ran on PBS. The book/series breaks down comics into six categories. This comic was saying that it forced him to think about which category he belonged to and that realizing that helped him sort out what his voice should be and what he should talk about onstage. FYI, the categories and some reps for each one (from this Make 'Em Laugh page)...
Nerds, Jerks, & Oddballs
"the outsider has been a source of constant amusement"
Cheech & Chong
Breadwinners and Homemakers
"reflect the ongoing changes at home and in the workplace"
Burns and Allen
The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Cosby Show
"physical comedy and slapstick"
Laurel and Hardy
The Three Stooges
Martin and Lewis
The Marx Brothers
"invoked freedom of speech to bring the biggest and most dangerous laughs to the American public"
"the wiseguy who defies convention by speaking the truth no matter the consequences"
Satire and Parody
"make fun of the world around them using the slings and arrows of parody and satire"
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The six categories of comedians
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