AI: Humor II
There were some great comments on last week’s post, and several people mentioned the aspect of surprise or violation of expectation – plays on words and unexpected connections between concepts. References and the sense of being ‘in’ on a situation were also mentioned, and both those themes were identified in my previously-mentioned mini-workshop on the subject.
When I was keeping a journal, in particular, I noticed something that kept cropping up was that among my friends, simply making an observation of some particularly strong/characteristic trait of someone ended up being funny. The humor was not that we were surprised, but that we weren’t, and that came with a strong sense of belonging.
Something that did not pop up in my own journal or much (if at all) in the rest of the groups’ was slapstick, ‘awkward,’ or humor involving people getting hurt, even though we all agreed that sort of thing was quite common. (I, for instance, know several people who used to send me Youtube clips on a frequent basis of people tripping, clotheslining themselves, or otherwise getting injured in dramatic fashion – these were apparently hilarious.) So! For this week’s questions –
What is it about slapstick comedy or awkward situations that makes them funny (if you do in fact find them funny or understand why someone else does)? What other categories of humor can you think of that don’t involve the surprise or insider themes discussed above? And if you think I’m missing a surprise/insider aspect of the aforementioned exceptions, where is it?
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