Why is Aristophanes called "The Father of Comedy"? - Mark Robinson

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    Aristophanes, often referred to as the Father of Comedy, wrote the world’s earliest surviving comic dramas. They're stuffed full of parodies, songs, sexual jokes and surreal fantasy -- and they’ve shaped how comedy’s been written and performed ever since. Mark Robinson shares a brief history of Aristophanes.
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Комментарии • 710

  • TED-Ed
    TED-Ed  3 месяца назад +133

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    • #1 lobster
      #1 lobster Месяц назад

      That trump joke was funny, but not as funny as you think it was. Nor was it very subtle.

    • Lock Jaw
      Lock Jaw 3 месяца назад

      TED-Ed that’s funny using trump in the video

    • Devin Smith
      Devin Smith 3 месяца назад +1

      should make a video on the Berlin airlift

    • Athul Jeev
      Athul Jeev 3 месяца назад

      make a video on history of songs

    • Ethan Byarugaba
      Ethan Byarugaba 3 месяца назад

      Don't mind me just spreading Hope: #FreeBobiWine

  • Khaled Houssary
    Khaled Houssary 2 дня назад

    The only way to evolve is to master and know the past

  • Gary Priestley
    Gary Priestley 9 дней назад

    Which play or reference can I find the "I am a comedian" quote at the end?

  • the anime guy
    the anime guy 17 дней назад

    Donald trump

  • Gothic Girl
    Gothic Girl 24 дня назад

    2:53 I wish Lysistrata would come true

  • Paweł Andonis Gawralidis Dobrzański herbu Leliwa.

    2:00 programing: orange man bad

  • Purvi Patil
    Purvi Patil Месяц назад

    2:03, it look Donald trump

  • George the_dinosaur_man
    George the_dinosaur_man Месяц назад

    2:14 your greek pronunciation makes me crenge.

  • George Sakkas
    George Sakkas Месяц назад

    Really dude Trump a warmonger?

  • George Sakkas
    George Sakkas Месяц назад

    Really dude Trump a warmonger?

  • big yeeter
    big yeeter Месяц назад

    The original dank memer

  • Tzar Nicolas The II
    Tzar Nicolas The II Месяц назад

    Free speech!

  • Hunter Wolf
    Hunter Wolf Месяц назад

    I would love to be this guy in ancient greece instead of some philosophical person.

  • Dean Heng
    Dean Heng Месяц назад

    I played AC Odyssey and thank god I watched this video about Aristophanes before I play the game.
    In the game, we set up a play to mock Kleon to remove the people’s support for him. During the quest, there’s dialogue of sausages, the play showing the actor Kleon getting beaten with a huge sausage. Finally the quest is called “The Knights.”
    Following the history in the game makes me so proud and how awesome Aristophanes to do this in 500 century BC!
    PS: also getting into philosophy debates with Socrates and swaying the people of Athens to reconsider their vote is awesome.

  • GizmoRazaar
    GizmoRazaar Месяц назад

    Real subtle, TED-Ed.

  • that's what she said!
    that's what she said! Месяц назад

    2:01 DONALD TRUMP!

  • Guarionex Batista
    Guarionex Batista Месяц назад

    I Wanna see his meme then

  • Ero Chacho
    Ero Chacho Месяц назад

    The video is actually good for all of those who want to know about the origins of western culture, in this case, comedy: but you still had to add political bias portraying Trump as the "bad guy". We come to these videos to educate ourselves, so please, stop with the BS politics.

  • Kaushik Das
    Kaushik Das Месяц назад

    Trump ??

  • btetschner
    btetschner Месяц назад

    Interesting! I like how you included some techniques of comedy, very thought-provoking.

  • DiscordMarauder
    DiscordMarauder Месяц назад

    Blayt u fake news outlet

  • Lit_Coal
    Lit_Coal Месяц назад

    Aristophanes is Jimmy Fallon's great^20 grandfather

  • Doc Holliday
    Doc Holliday Месяц назад

    Comedy can be the perfect way of taking the powerful down a peg. But when so much of the comedic world speaks on behalf of the powerful that is a problem.

  • Chuck The Aviator
    Chuck The Aviator Месяц назад

    2:03 Bring politics in and ruin all the fun

  • Chale pacubas
    Chale pacubas Месяц назад

    Simple answer
    Cause he is really punny

  • Liz Xu
    Liz Xu Месяц назад

    Is that Trump?

  • Lapuli The lapis lazuli spider
    Lapuli The lapis lazuli spider Месяц назад

    2:06 Donald trump

  • octapusxft
    octapusxft 2 месяца назад

    You forgot about how the comedy plays helped get information about the culinary practices of that time since Comedy had room for everyday life and mentions of food

  • Ahmed Muawia
    Ahmed Muawia 2 месяца назад

    Trump refrences. But still greeks are wonderful people

  • Dead Meme
    Dead Meme 2 месяца назад

    Free speech 🤔

  • Dead Meme
    Dead Meme 2 месяца назад

    Muh Twumpie baad

  • Zapzel24
    Zapzel24 2 месяца назад

    Now the irony is, that we do assignments on this guy which makes us groan in agony when in reality he wanted his works to bring humor to everyone.

  • Just A Commenter
    Just A Commenter 2 месяца назад

    420+ BC

  • Orchestra Gamer
    Orchestra Gamer 2 месяца назад

    Free speech through comedy, and yet look at what happened to Dankula :c

  • airay 102
    airay 102 2 месяца назад

    So aristophanes is the father
    Of comedy **does this mean he was the father of memes too? **

  • revilorere
    revilorere 2 месяца назад +1

    If he is the father of comedy, then I bet he made some sick dad jokes

  • L.A.G.G
    L.A.G.G 2 месяца назад

    Immortal medieval guy:i miss the old days when we could mock the powerful without getting our heads chopped off,only greek kids will remember

  • Aleksandar Vil
    Aleksandar Vil 2 месяца назад

    Nicolay Gogolj "Revisor"

  • Henderson Richards
    Henderson Richards 2 месяца назад

    can there be one video made that doesnt throw shade at trump

  • Daniel Newling
    Daniel Newling 2 месяца назад +1

    The first dank memer #dankAristophanes

  • Skyler Allen Smith
    Skyler Allen Smith 2 месяца назад

    “But: I am Grimaldi!”

  • soyon manlai
    soyon manlai 2 месяца назад +1

    Comedy is the best part of life, when the world is horrible and messed up.

  • Potatoe Pete
    Potatoe Pete 2 месяца назад +2

    Aristhonapes father of memes

  • Aldo Estrada
    Aldo Estrada 2 месяца назад

    I thought the Jews invented comedy.

  • alexey popov
    alexey popov 2 месяца назад

    You have Trump inside. So brave...

  • Anime Bird
    Anime Bird 2 месяца назад

    Greece has their own White Chris Tucker

    KOCOBO JE SRBIJA ! 2 месяца назад

    2:03 , of course , Ted Ed hates Trump then proceeds to say Paedophilia is an Ok

  • PassThe BoofMan
    PassThe BoofMan 2 месяца назад

    I’m just thinking his plays are just Greek Monty Python skits

  • Silver
    Silver 2 месяца назад

    I think people were cracking jokes before Aristophanes

  • Captain Cancer
    Captain Cancer 2 месяца назад

    hmm yes we are so intelligent for making trump an arrogant warmonger in symbolism of how we dont like him yes

  • PineapplePie
    PineapplePie 2 месяца назад

    We are doing a unit on Greece in class, but we only skimmed over the subject of Aristophanes. This was so cool to learn!!
    (I'll make sure to impress my teacher with my newfound knowledge next week) ;)

  • Big Lumpy Beetle
    Big Lumpy Beetle 2 месяца назад

    Sure you could call him the father of comedy... or, you can call him the jokey daddy. Its up to you.

  • Jackie Zhang
    Jackie Zhang 2 месяца назад +1

    Trump build a wall with his stomach??

  • peroz1000
    peroz1000 2 месяца назад

    Aristophanes looks badass.

  • El Bandito
    El Bandito 2 месяца назад

    We need old comedy back. :D

  • Brandon Tim
    Brandon Tim 2 месяца назад

    Because he made a lot of dad jokes? I dont know..

  • No Subs
    No Subs 2 месяца назад

    Hey, I thought the Athenians didn’t allow women outside

  • EsPiri Reis
    EsPiri Reis 2 месяца назад

    he sounds like Kemal Sunal who is a turkish comedian he played in many comedy films and he made viewers think while made them laugh and he mocked politicians and powerful people such as mafia and millionares. He also had a good heart... but a frail heart. He was afraid of airplanes and when he tried to travel on plane for the first time he had a heart attack and died.

  • Ben Vitale
    Ben Vitale 2 месяца назад +2

    Of course you had to make it political. Ugh

  • Jason Regan
    Jason Regan 2 месяца назад

    this guy is awesome

  • Evers Humor
    Evers Humor 2 месяца назад

    They made fun of trump

  • nicolas B.
    nicolas B. 2 месяца назад

    2:00 I think Trump could fit all three. Well, except for being intellectual.

  • Bob A Linx
    Bob A Linx 2 месяца назад

    3:42 I can totally see Pop Team Epic doing something like this!

  • Warren foster
    Warren foster 2 месяца назад

    So when the Spartans attacked the city of Athens itself and tore down its walls did he just continue with the “love, not war” act?

  • Pickle Rick
    Pickle Rick 2 месяца назад

    You make yourself believe that youre the funniest person in the world, when you made someone special laugh.

  • rvharkless
    rvharkless 2 месяца назад

    "Comedy too can sometimes discern what is right. I shall not please, but I shall say what is true"
    -Aristophanes, "Acharnians" 425BC

  • Stephen Moore
    Stephen Moore 2 месяца назад

    was that trump zehhahah

  • mari cielo mafi castro sanchez
    mari cielo mafi castro sanchez 2 месяца назад

    this type of videos are the ones that are least seen and are the ones that offer the most culture, we should spread them more and contribute with the knowledge in the world

  • Gorgo Time
    Gorgo Time 3 месяца назад +1

    lolo is the monkey

  • Monde du Silence
    Monde du Silence 3 месяца назад +1

    Just think: 2,500 years ago, there was a place on earth where people were going to the theatre to see actors making fun of the rulers. 2,500 years later, in about half of this world, this is still almost impossible.

  • Rebecca Perry
    Rebecca Perry 3 месяца назад

    So, he was basically a Ancient Greek version on John Oliver.

  • Nicoli Xavier
    Nicoli Xavier 3 месяца назад

    2:01 "His targets were arrogant politicians...."
    2:03 Is that trump? Lol

  • K1naku5ana3R1ka
    K1naku5ana3R1ka 3 месяца назад

    So he basically trolled everyone?

  • enigma mist
    enigma mist 3 месяца назад

    Amy Pohler is the mother of comedy.

  • fantasicdreamer69 naruto
    fantasicdreamer69 naruto 3 месяца назад

    do i see trump at (2:09)

  • Genma Saotome
    Genma Saotome 3 месяца назад

    Make animated series of these comedies :)

  • Avery Thompson
    Avery Thompson 3 месяца назад

    trump look a like was def on purpose

  • TheYingWithMelanin
    TheYingWithMelanin 3 месяца назад

    2:06, I see Theresa May & Trump, ha old comedy

  • MATHS  by  Avnish Sir
    MATHS by Avnish Sir 3 месяца назад


    CAMP NIGGERS 3 месяца назад

    2:04 trump? Haha

  • Can cer
    Can cer 3 месяца назад

    All hail Aristophanes!

    PICCARD z 3 месяца назад

    Father of MEMEs

  • Andrew Grisé
    Andrew Grisé 3 месяца назад

    He probably hated gays

  • Steve Lee
    Steve Lee 3 месяца назад

    It's harder to get people to laugh these days. I'm an Asian comedian with disability and just want to let everyone know it's ok to laugh at my self-deprecating jokes at a comedy show. If you laugh we've achieved better level of equality. (most of the time are ppls w/ disability re laughing but not others)

  • MegaDoug4
    MegaDoug4 3 месяца назад

    Well, we can clearly see where TED-Ed's political alliance lies.
    Way to use your platform!

  • Federico Jimbo Smithson
    Federico Jimbo Smithson 3 месяца назад

    well, Aristophanes style isn't ancient at all.. it will still work today

  • Talal Ahmed Vlogs
    Talal Ahmed Vlogs 3 месяца назад

    2:35 no peace, no pu55y

  • j05ch1
    j05ch1 3 месяца назад

    Thia is incredible - thank you so much

  • Michael Ricks-Aherne
    Michael Ricks-Aherne 3 месяца назад

    I love all these triggered Trumpets in the comments.

  • Cameron Michael
    Cameron Michael 3 месяца назад


    XAVIERCUERVO 3 месяца назад

    Was that Trumpus pilatus?

  • Eshan Jain
    Eshan Jain 3 месяца назад

    This was the by far the best video for me by Ted ed... Such a worthful knowledge of the extraordinary man who defined the innovative method to persue free speech...

  • Chaos Tade
    Chaos Tade 3 месяца назад

    will ever americans learn that "oi" is pronounced as "ee" and "ai" as "e"? I havent heard it right not a single time.

    DCLXVI 3 месяца назад

    It's pronounced KOMOÏDUMENI

  • Rohan Santhosh
    Rohan Santhosh 3 месяца назад

    2:03 Arrogant politicians..... Got It!!!

  • Dr Victor Fursov - Entomologist Beekeeper Teacher

    Hello members of TED-X! i have a question. These TED-X meetings are managed only for members of TED-X only and without tickets? Or these re meeting with special admisssion tickets?

  • Παναγιωτα l
    Παναγιωτα l 3 месяца назад

    You talk about Greek people and don’t have Greek subtitles why?

  • nigamananda mishra
    nigamananda mishra 3 месяца назад

    2:03 Hey there, trump.

  • PikachuIce
    PikachuIce 3 месяца назад

    4:22 trump, what you doing?

  • DR Owlstine
    DR Owlstine 3 месяца назад

    the orginal late night host