Dimitra Papadopoulou

«I don’t watch much television,» Dimitra Papadopoulou admitted. «Whenever I do though, I enjoy ‘Sto Para Pente,’ but I don’t usually like comedies. I laugh when the TV is off… at life itself, along with my friends.» For a television comedy to be successful, a climate of comaraderie is required: If people find the right code, something happens, the togetherness of the group emerges, as is the case with ‘Sto Para Pente’ – there something dynamic occurs. «Times are hard for television, what else can I say? Television is for heroes, not for ordinary people. There is a lack of humor, we have people who mimic the humorists, people who are not by nature humorists.» This occurs, in her view, because «humor is a product that is valued in the market a great deal as it is a tradable commodity.» According to Papadopoulou, Greeks don’t laugh as much anymore: «We are going through difficult times; people are under pressure; they feel insecure; they need release through laughter and we are also in a consumerist age.» However, it is possible that a TV comedy might just click: «You don’t order it; you don’t control it, and when you achieve it, even you yourself are not aware of what you have done.»

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