新概念三Lesson 29 里提到了举世闻名的喜剧演员卓别林。相信大家对头戴圆顶礼帽、手持竹手杖、足登大皮靴、走路像鸭子的流浪汉夏尔洛的形象记忆犹新吧！一位好的喜剧演员可以给我们带来欢笑和喜悦，微笑是无国界的！本期文化大爆炸为大家简单介绍一下喜剧界公认的“大腕儿”。
The word “comedy” originated from the Greek root “komos” meaning “merry making” “aoidos” meaning “singer.” A comedian is a professional entertainer who entertains by telling amusing anecdotes, wordplay, or by acting in an engaging and humorous manner. In literature, a comedy is a story with a happy ending.
1. Charles Spencer Chaplin
Popularly known as Charlie Chaplain, Charles Spencer Chaplin was born in Walworth, London, England on April 16, 1889 and died on Christmas day in 1977. His iconic appearance with mustaches, bowler hat, and walking stick is best envisaged by himself as, "I thought I would dress in baggy pants, big shoes, a cane, and a Derby hat. Everything a contradiction: the pants baggy, the coat tight, the hat small, and the shoes large."
This is perhaps the most identified picture in the world. Charlie Chaplin lived an abject Dickensian childhood and was influenced by his music hall actress mother Hannah Hill with a failed career.
He made his first Talkie in 1940. In 1957 he made the film A King in New York with Dawn Adams. He made a film A Countess from Hong Kong with the all-time, most famous celebrities Sophia Loren and Marlon Brando.
His films include: Gold Rush, Circus, The Great Dictator, City Lights, Modern Times, Monsieur Verdoux, King in New York and A Countess from Hong Kong.
2. Jimmy Tarbuck
Jimmy Tarbuck was born on February 6, 1940 in Liverpool, England. The famous British comedian is known for his quick wit and charismatic personality. He is the most favorite after-dinner speaker and present at important social and prize distribution ceremonies. He made his debut on a British TV at the age of 22 and has been associated with the TV for over 40 years. His attractive presentations kept the audience loyal to his TV programs.
He has written two books; “Tarbuck on Golf” and “Tarbuck on Showbiz.” Both books were best sellers. He is known for his contribution to many charitable causes.
3. Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy was born on April 3, 1961 in Brooklyn, NewYork, U.S. His birth name was Edward Regan Murphy. He started doing stand-ups in Long Island comedy clubs when he was only 15. He was a born comedian and was elected as the most popular student at Roosevelt Junior and Senior High.
Eddie Murphy debuted in 1980 on Saturday Night Live and acted for the first time on the big screen in Walt Hill’s 1982 action comedy 48 Hrs. It made Eddie Murphy an $8 million per picture star. He was Oscar nominated in 2006 for his role in the musical Dreamgirls.
If a tragedy is like the salt of life, a comedy is invigorating sugar be it in any form; a stand-up, sitcom, joke, farce, burlesque, or slapstick, it requires the best of the comedian to produce the desired result.