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Surrealism is able to take the audience on a journey almost
completely shrouded in nonsense with very few comedic
restrictions stopping it from trying anything it wants to.
In contrast to surrealism, realism has the much harder task
of ensuring everything works contextually in the given
setting and with the surrounding characters.
Despite this distinct limitation, naturalistic comedy does
have a certain asset that is harder to come by in surrealism
With surrealism, there is very rarely genuine character
development to be seen – instead, we get an established
character early on and they remain the same throughout
our time with them.
This is not a bad thing – character development perhaps
isn’t necessary within surrealism.
In comparison to this, character development is far more
important when it comes to realistic, grounded television –
comedic or otherwise.
In a more realistic setting, characters are a lot more
relatable and human, meaning that if they house bitterness
and arrogance, it feels more real. As a result of this, an
audience needs to be let in in order to be able to like the
Both styles of comedy have their own, unique limitations and liberties.
Surrealism has less restrictions though struggles with a ridiculously
subjective style that divides an audience.
Realism has far more restrictions in terms of what an audience will
accept though its relatable style means a wider audience can
With surrealism, character development isn’t a necessity, meaning a
character can wildly change their attitude/outlook, though audiences
will not grow as attached to them.
Within realism, character development is a requirement, though it
means an audience can more fully get behind the characters and feel
rewarded in joining them on their journey.