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Comedy comes in lots of shapes and sizes, but typically it's a genre that deals in humor and entertainment. Comedies traditionally end in marriage, which is what makes a comedy different from tragedies (which end in, uh, death.) Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream is an example of a romantic comedy.