Examples of farce comedies include "The Comedy of Errors" by William Shakespeare and "What the Butler Saw" by Joe Orton. The comedic farce is an entertainment genre that generally relies on a plot filled with improbable coincidences and events centered around larger-than-life characters.
Farces tend to be highly energetic, with physical comedy mixed in the plot lines. Mistaken identities and misunderstandings provide much of the humor in farce comedies.
Farce comedies have been presented throughout history, extending to antiquity with plays such as "Menander's Dyskolos" (The Grouch) and "Plautus' Aulularia" (The Pot of Gold). Modern examples include the movie "The Hangover," the television shows "Arrested Development" and "American Dad," and the play "Romance" by David Mamet.
Farce comedy is used in entertainment throughout the world. In Japan, farce plays known as Kyōgen have existed for centuries, being presented as comic relief in longer, more serious Noh plays. In addition to Shakespeare, many British writers have continued a long tradition of farce comedies, including John Cleese of Monty Python fame with his television show "Fawlty Towers," along with Stephen Moffett's "Coupling." France also has a long history with farce comedy, dating back to the 13th century play "The Boy and the Blind Man."