The Elements of Humor: A Quick Review
The Elements of Humor are focused on comic characters, situations, and wordplay. These three elements often combine to create the funny things that we all laugh at, but it can
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Slide1Th e Eleme n ts of Humo r (a quick r e view . . . )
Slide2Th e Eleme n ts of Humo r focus on comic characters , situations , and wordplay . Humor often depends on some combination of these THREE elements.
Slide3Although we all laugh at funny peopleand events, it can sometimes be difficult to analyze SPECIFICALLY what makes something funny. There are, however, various “elements of humor.” Here are some of the most important:
Slide41. Co mic chara c ters and car i catures
Slide51. Co mic chara c ters and caricatures: illustrate and focus on specific features, traits, characteristics, and actions of a person or group of people and make them humorous.
Slide112. Com ic si t uations comedy in which the comedic effect depends chiefly upon the involvement of the main characters in a predicament or ludicrous, complex circumstances
Slide12--A charac ter “tra n sports” in t o a differe n t ti m e p e riod
Slide15--Theu n expected happ e ns . . .
Slide193. Co m i c La n gua g e
Slide21 . . . Cam pers: Nature's wa y of fe e ding mo s quito e s.
Slide22We liv e in a society w here piz z a gets to your h ouse b e fore t h e pol i ce.
Slide24 . . . I'm glad I k now sign language; i t's pret t y h a ndy.
Slide25Wh en W i lliam jo i ned the a rmy h e disli k ed the phras e ‘f i re at w ill.’
Slide27“She is so dumb, she thinks TacoBell is a Mexican phone company.”
Slide28"A ma n can have a be l ly you could house commercial aircraft in and a grand total of eight g reasy stran d s of hair, which he grows r eal long and c ombs across the top of his head so that he looks, when viewed from above, l ike an egg in the grasp of a giant s pider, plus this man can have B.O. to the p o int where he interferes w ith radio t r ansmissions, and he will still be co n vinced that, in terms o f attractiveness, he is bor d erline [Zac Efron]." - Dav e Barry, Reven g e of the P ork Pe r son