When the Salon interviewer asked Harmon if he would call “Community” a fake comedy, he hesitated to do so. After all, spoofing is something that pokes fun at a particular format, though lovely, and the “Community” is more interested in testing the format and using it in new and unique ways:
“I guess it’s not really a spoof of the sitcom format, because the sitcom format is being celebrated and appreciated so much by the show. , it’s never been suggested that the frame is zero should be there. It just always takes advantage of the medium. There’s a lot of good that the format can do for you as a storyteller. I don’t know – the canvas, its paint swirls outwards, and then blends in with the frame, and makes it easy for me to accept that this is a two-way wall hanging.”
The “sense of frame” that Harmon was talking about was probably Abed’s penchant for pointing out sitcom elements that came into the character’s life. The character very rarely actually breaks through the fourth wall, and instead of directing his explanations of the sitcom world to the camera and audience, he instead tells his friends (a bit confused) ) mine. They tend to tease him for his obsession with sitcoms, especially when he takes a class on people who have really boss in “Who’s the Boss?”, but he’s actually right, since they technically exist in a sitcom. It makes storytelling more complex and helps to blend fact with fiction in a way that is more engaging than just telling a simple sitcom story.
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