High comedy or ‘pure comedy’ is a type of comedy characterized by witty dialog, satire, biting humor, or criticism of life. Today, high comedy can be seen among sitcoms targeted at cultured and articulate audiences
The Cambridge History of English and American Literature Good discussion on the essential ingredients of the English High Comedy.
Dallas Baptist University Excellent explanation of the ingredients of High Comedy in the theatre, offering examples of the genre thoughout history.
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