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A number of French comedians were able to find an English speaking audience in the 1950s, including Fernandel and Jacques Tati
As television became filled with family-oriented comedies, the 1950s saw a trend toward more adult social situations
By the 1950s, the television industry had become a serious competition for the movie industry
By the middle of the decade, some of the 1950s generation of American comedians, such as Jerry Lewis, went into decline, while Peter Sellers found success with international audiences in his first American film "The Pink Panther"
The 1950s saw the decline of past comedy stars and a certain paucity of new talent in Hollywood
These non-feature productions only went into decline in the 1950s when they were migrated to the television
Toward the end of the 1950s, darker humour and more serious themes had begun to emerge, including satire and social commentary
The 1960s saw an increasing number of broad, star-packed comedies
Following his success on Broadway and on film with "The Odd Couple" playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon would be prominent in the 1970s, with films like "The Sunshine Boys" and "California Suite"
Most British comedy films of the early 1970s were spin-offs of television series
Most British comedy films of the early 1970s were spin-offs of television series, including "Dad's Army" and "On the Buses"
The greatest successes, however, came with the films of the Monty Python team, including "And Now for Something Completely Different" , "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and "Monty Python's Life of Brian" in 1979