I’m new to this site and community. I’m writing a paper comparing Rage Comics to Commedia Dell’arte, which is the basis of physical and improv comedy today.
It was created in Italy in the 16 century. Then it was all improve, consisting of nearly 20 different character archetypes represented by various masks including the Zanni (the low-class mischief maker), Il Capitano (the one who is completely full of himself and full of shit), the lovers (no explanation needed) and the like. The wiki is located here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commedia_dell%27arte
It’s pretty clear that there are ties between the two worlds, but there are also differences, i.e. Commedia is all character based while Rage is based off of reactions to circumstances etc.
I’ve been looking through sites like arstechnica, but I’m wondering if anyone here is willing to throw any other sites that may be useful my way, or maybe contribute in a discussion comparing and contrasting the two?