Institute for Travesty,

Comedy, and Humor Studies


Shakespeare's Comedies

Vitalist Film Comedies

Classic Film Comedies

Sombre Comedy

Senior Comedy

 The Essence of Comedy

List of Works Discussed

Collections of Essays

Memorial Notes

Humor Quotient  Newsletter

Humor and Aging


















List of Dramatic Works Discussed on ITCHS' Site


Anton Chekhov: The Cherry Orchard

Friedrich Duerrenmatt: The Visit

John Millington Synge, Riders to the Sea

 Federico Garcia Lorca, Blood Wedding

Eugène Ionesco,  Rhinoceros

William Shakespeare: 

 As You Like It, As Modern Criticism Likes It

As You Like It, Reconsidered as Formal Comedy

As You Like It, As Enhanced by Humor

Comedy of Errors:  Comedy or Farce?

Midsummer Night’s Dream: Comedy or Comickedy?

Comedic Structure in Henry IV, Part 1

Henry IV, Part 1 Falstaff

Much Ado About Nothing Sombre Comedy

Henry V Heroic Comedy and Considerations of Scale




Box Office Dark Comedy:  Rain Man 

The Big Chill’s Entropic Humor

Twelve Forms of Irony:  The Theoretical Significance of Forrest Gump

The Music Man: Intellectual Humor Personality

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: Crusader Humor Personality

My Big Fat Greek Wedding: Reconciler Humor Personality

The Blues Brothers: Bridgebuilder Humor Personality

Father of the Bride: Consoler Humor Personality 

Aladdin: Advocate Humor Personality

A Mighty Wind Getting the Right Genre

Forrest Gump Finding the Dominant Humor Form

Rain Man The Recent Rapid Development of Comedy

Grumpy Old Men, On Golden Pond, and Driving Miss DaisySenior Comedy

Vitalist Humor in American Senior Film Comedy: On Golden Pond and Driving Miss Daisy

Humor and the Comedic Restoration of Balance in The Whales of August

Erich Segal, Aristophanes, and Grumpy Old Men 

Humor Structure Interplay in Steel Magnolias

Spring Vitalism:  The Student Prince

Spring Vitalism: The Sound of Music

Summer Vitalism:  Roman Holiday

Summer Vitalism:  My Fair Lady and On Golden Pond

Fall Vitalism:  Rocky

Fall Vitalism:  Life with Father

Winter Vitalism:  Fiddler on the Roof

Winter Vitalism:  Driving Miss Daisy