Why is it more difficult for dramatic actors to do comedy than vice versa?

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  • 1 month ago
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    Comedy is much harder.  There is a quote by veteran actor Edmund Kean on his deathbed “dying is easy; comedy is hard”

    • Cogito
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      Agatha has blocked me - I have no idea why.  But you're right - comedy is very hard to get right.  It takes a very strong natural talent for comic delivery and timing, which many professional actors simply don't have.

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  • 1 month ago

    The word "depth" comes to mind, Agatha.  Drama calls for acting from a different deeper place than does a more lighthearted comedy.  In addition, those who do act in comedies sometimes do so with an eye toward a desired response from the audience instead of immersing themselves in the comedic role.  There probably has to be somewhat of a transitional mode from one to the other and vice versa.  Dark comedy, for example, might have the necessary elements of drama for an actor if this actor wants to try other genres.  

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  • 1 month ago

    Comedy actors have more training in entertaining an audience, they approach the work differently/

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