Watch The Evolution Of Balk Comedy In Nine Clips

‘The Office’ (2001-2003)“The Office,” like all of modern comedy, has a prehistory.
And Steve Coogan’s portrait of the talk-show host Alan Partridge in “Knowing Me, Knowing You” seems to have helped inspire Mr. Gervais’s character.
As likely to feature real people as actors, and lean harder on jokes than situations, cringe comedy has expanded so much that every laugh these days seems married to a wince.
She turns her batty charm into a self-lacerating weapon, revealing achingly painful subtexts in her stammers and clenched facial expression.
‘Nathan for You’ (2013-)Not since “Ali G” has a comedian produced so much anxiety by incorporating real people into his scenes.

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