Antedating of "Situation Comedy"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Feb 17 03:42:31 UTC 2004

situation comedy (OED 1953)

1921 _Atlanta Constitution_ 5 June 39 (  Don't waste
your time writing slap stick farce.  That type of comedy is easy to write,
but difficult to sell. ... Rather try to write a situation comedy of a
refined type.

1925 _Oshkosh_ (Wisconsin) _Daily Northwestern_ 11 Apr. 11
(  Depending as it does on putting over farcical
situation comedy rather than broad gags and "hokum," the picture has
called for an excellent cast to play the various roles in a skilful

1931 _Key West Citizen_ 3 Sept. 4  "Situation comedy is the only
dependable form of screen humor," says Douglas MacLean, associate producer
of Radio Pictures' comedy, "Too Many Cooks."

1936 _Bismarck Tribune_ 28 Nov. 2 (  The show will
feature situation comedy, with a thin thread of a plot being carried
forward from week to week.

Fred Shapiro

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