By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

“Comedy has all but vanished from the slate: not just the rom-com, but comedy in every form. Screwball, slapstick, gross-out, teen, parody, you name it: More than a genre, the entire estate of comedy, which has always accounted for a good half of Hollywood’s output and star-making machinery since the Paleolithic era, is gone. Last year, the six studios released a grand total of twelve comedies between them, which is even less than it sounds when you look at the details and clustered around certain corners of the industry in particular. Warners, with New Line remaining the only active studio comedy label, put out four. Uni and Paramount each had three. Sony and Fox, one apiece. Disney zero.”

“Comedy has all but vanished from the slate: not just the rom-com, but comedy in every form. Screwball, slapstick, gross-out, teen, parody, you name it: More than a genre, the entire estate of comedy, which has always accounted for a good half of Hollywood’s output and star-making machinery since the Paleolithic era, is gone. Last year, the six studios released a grand total of twelve comedies between them, which is even less than it sounds when you look at the details and clustered around certain corners of the industry in particular. Warners, with New Line remaining the only active studio comedy label, put out four. Uni and Paramount each had three. Sony and Fox, one apiece. Disney zero.”

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