What are the differences between the terms "comedic" and "comic" in dramatic analysis?

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psmortimer eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is one of those answers that has changed and become muddled since it was first used by the Greeks.

Originally, comedy was a noun and referred to the play itself. Comic was an adjective that typically related to a person’s behaviour. Comic also came to mean a situation that was unexpected, turned the entire story topsy turvy and became the basis for the comedy and comedic action. In other words, comedy is a drama that has been turned upside down.

There are many subgenres to comedy now such as the comedy-drama, tragicomedy, etc.