Commedia Dell’arte: A Form of Comedy
Commedia Dell’arte is a form of comic drama developed about the mid-sixteenth century by professional Italian actors. The stock characters of this type of drama improvise the dialogue around a given scenario indicating the entrances of main charactes and the sequence of the action. A pair of lovers outwit a old rich father, aided by a clever servant. This plot is enlivened by the buffoonery of Punch and other clowns. was popular in Europe and influenced various writers of comedies in Elizabethan England and Moliere in France. The modern Punch and Judy show is a descendant of this old Italian comedy.