Are You Having A Laugh?

This topic provides an opportunity for students to explore different forms of comedy and experiment with their required methods of performance.


By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to: identify the key characteristics of black comedy; identify the key characteristics of slapstick comedy; identify the main features of a sketch show and take part in a group performance of an original sketch show.

Most students will be able to: explain why black comedy is used and use it in their performance; explain where slapstick comedy came from and why is it used; create exaggerated characters in performance and sustain this throughout the performance.

Some learners will have progressed further and will be able to: use black comedy effectively and create characters that are suitable to the situations; remain focused in a slapstick comedy performance throughout whilst demonstrating an understanding of comic timing; use comic timing and punch lines to enhance the comedy in a sketch show performance.

Key Assessments

This unit will end with a comedy variety show where groups perform a range of slapstick, improvisation, black comedy and sketches. Teacher and peer assessment takes place, focusing on successful use of the comic techniques and conventions. This provides students with an end of term level.

How to help your child

Parents could support their child by encouraging them to watch a variety of comedy shows such as panel game shows, sit coms, stand up comics and sketch shows. Parents could then question their child on the conventions employed by the different forms of comedy.