Humor is more than just amusing entertainment to pass the time. Though jokes and witty banter can be shallow, humor can go deeper than surface level to convey messages to audiences who would otherwise be close-minded about certain ideas. Humor is a great tool to get audiences to change the way they think, feel, and act. In “Saying Goodbye to Yang,” Alexander Weinstein uses humor to criticize some of society’s faults such as the way it has become heavily reliant on technology, racially insensitive, and judgmental.
A man casually walks down the street with a skip to his step and a smile on his face. While staring at the clouds, he whistles a serene tune. Bam! The man trips on a jutted piece of sidewalk. With his limbs failing he comical collapses onto the ground. The neighbors cannot help but to laugh from his humorous fall. The man giggles along with the crowd and then continues on his merry way. This scene whether appropriate or inappropriate causes laughter. The man in the story, could have potentially been injured, but yet people laugh anyway. They feel superior to the man that tripped and laugh from seeing weakness in him. Similarly, many cartoons emphasize humor based on the dichotomy between superiority and inferiority. Common cartoons, like Looney
Similar to many other lively pleasures, humor can only be experienced if it resonates with a person. Without some kind of comprehension, there cannot be any type of reaction. Only once an outlandish statement, inappropriate remark, or unexpected situation, is remotely understood will a person be able to label it comical or sober. Since there are billions of people worldwide with their own languages including it’s respective idioms, euphemisms, the age old saying of “there is truth in every joke” applies to each culture individually.
Steve Almond’s “Funny is the New Deep” talks of the role that comedy has in our current society, and most certainly, it plays a huge role here. Namely, through what Almond [Aristotle?] calls the “comic impulse”, we as a people can speak of topics that would otherwise make many of uncomfortable. Almond deems the comic impulse as the most surefire way to keep heavy situations from becoming too foreboding. The comic impulse itself stems from our ability and unconscious need to defend and thus contend with the feeling of tragedy. As such, instead of rather forcing out humor, he implies that humor is something that is not consciously forced out from an author, but instead is more of a subconscious entity, coming out on its own. Almond emphasizes
According to Aristotle, “Comedy can be any colloquy or performance generally intended to amuse or stimulate laughter”. In modern times, comedy can be found in different forms, such as television, movies, theatres and stand-up comedy.
This is because the primary goal of comedy is to make the audience laugh. The comedic light on everything makes viewing a comedy enjoyable and amusing. Laughter is a form of expressions that everyone connects and understands. It's the universal language that needs no explanation. Laughter helps relieve stress, picks you up and gives you a sense of escapism. Comedies allow you to see the good things in the world and give a positive light on things. Despite everything in your life or in the world that may be troubling you, comedies are a place for laughter and fun. Laughter is truly a shared experience, and that's what comedy is all about. Not only is their goal is to make you laugh, but there are all aspects of humor out there. There is truly a type for everyone. There's a type out there for everyone whether it involves crude humor, found in White Chicks or Dumb and Dumber or all the way to ironic or satirical humor found in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World or Hot Rod. Everyone can find a comedy that appeals to them personally. There also varying themes in comedy that make you enjoy them more. For example, there are comedies that deal with reality and hardships but in a light-hearted way or imaginative worlds and ridiculous scenarios there. Comedy movies are also one of the few genres that can include family friendly options that appeal from kids to adults alike. Movies such as The Lego Movie, Zootopia
Webster goes on to the formal definition of humor, as saying that it is a way someone can feel emotionally. (“Humor”). Humor is just making another person happier with themselves or the situation they are in. The same way as negativity can bring someone down, humor has the opposite effect, it is positive and makes people feel better about themselves. So many comedians do bits making light of any kind of situation they will or already have encountered or experienced. Doing a comedy skit, or going to a comedy club, or just being around someone who is humorous is all part of humor and what is all of its components. Humor’s components are happiness, laughter, kindness, love, and laughter all mixed up into one
In the 2004 book, Status Anxiety, Alain de Botton argues that the chief aim of humorists is not only to entertain but “to convey with impunity messages that might.be dangerousor impossible to state directly.” Some agree that humorists serve a vital function to society. However, others argue that the opposite is true. A humorist is one who is skillful in the use of humor. This includes cartoonists, stand-up comics, satirical writers, hosts of television programs, and others. Although the work of such humorists may seem crude and is often controversial, it is an effective way to shed light on important subjects in the modern world.
Humor can form an idea of the comedy that expresses a humorous way to entertain the audience. Some other forms of humor show the different perspectives on how they manipulate the ideas on something funny toward the audience. In addition, humor always has different flavors on how they appeal from one to another so that people can find it enjoyable. Humor can use as tools to communicate with people in a good way. Sometimes, forms of humor, especially like satire, can express some misunderstood term that finds it really insulting. Humor always express something less serious for everyone. Humor expresses some opinions about political acts so people can view them more critically.
Psychologists, sociologists and anthropologists study humor because it is a fundamental culture value, but they still can’t determine why certain things make some people laugh and others not. There are “humor quotient” tests that are designed to measure an individual’s sense of humor, but these tests are questionable. These tests aren’t accurate because almost all humor depends on cultural background knowledge and language skills. Not every person in the whole world, or even in one country share the same background knowledge and skills, therefore they cannot have the same type of humor. “The fact remains that individuals vary in their appreciation of humor” (Rappoport 9). Since humor varies from individual to individual, humor lies in the individual. How successful or funny a joke is depends on how the person receives the joke, humor cannot be measured by a statistical
Australian humour is very unique to Australia, and many other cultures find it quite unusual. It can be described as dry, anti-authoritarian, self-mocking, very ironic and as to stretch the boundaries of what is acceptable. Our humour is seen through our use of slang, print cartoons, radio sketches, comedy series’ on television, films, everyday life and in Australian literature. According to the Collins Dictionary and Thesaurus , humour means, “The quality of being funny; the ability to appreciate or express that which is humorous; situations, speech or writings that are humorous”. Due to its unique qualities, it will become apparent that Australian humour is quiet different to that of America and England and other nations. To highlight the importance of humour through the development of Australian identity, five main elements have been identified. These are, the part Australian humour plays in Australian identity, its unique qualities, its integral part in the Australian identity, the role of humour in times of great hardship and other nation’s perceptions of Australian humour. It is through these elements that it will become evident that humour is an important part of the development of the Australian identity.
According to Gazzaniga, Heatherton, and Halpern in Psychological Science, an effective to regulate emotion is through humor (430). Humor allows individuals to distance themselves from negative emotions and can strengthen social connections to others (Gazzaniga, Heatherton, and Halpern 431). In Native American communities, laughter and humor are often utilized to cope with stereotypes imposed upon Native Americans by non-Native people. Illustrations of this occurrence can be found throughout works by Native peoples, such as that by Sherman Alexie. These sources involve Native Americans embracing, rebelling against, and bringing attention to stereotypes about who they are and who the can be, all while using humor to cope with the emotions involved
Humor, as defined in the Oxford dictionary, is “the quality of being amusing or comic, especially as expressed in literature or speech.” Nowadays, humor has taken a dimension that is beyond entertainment; it became a tool to convey political messages –in the form of political satire- providing a product that is smoother to understand, and getting people to think more critically in the public political sphere. In a world where global problems are still prevailing, few might suggest that humor or political satire is the solution to overcome these problems. However, Political satire is believed to have originated in Ancient Greece in the 4th century BCE, where the blending of serious political and religious topics with humor served as an effective
Humor is an essential part of my daily life. Causing someone to laugh and feel amused varies from person to person. What I find funny may not be funny to others. My sense of humor may vary, from watching comedy movies, to late night comedy talk shows. What I find mostly funny are Internet memes or funny Internet videos, because they have both been modified into distinct funny phrases or modified into funny videos that cause humor and they are always new ones being created, you can also share them to give someone else laughter. My sense of humor comes from my dad, growing up we would watch Spanish comedy on television together, though not all humor can be funny, because I believe there is a line that should not be crossed when using humor.
There are countless articles and list on the internet of jokes that only this certain group will find funny. While, some people may argue that there are jokes that everyone will find funny the fact is that it is not always the case. Jokes are largely based on the social conditions of the group of people that are listening to the joke. Take the category of “dad jokes”, which are the cheesy jokes that dads are known to tell, to a group of kids they may seem like the funniest things in the world but to teenagers they may seem annoying. However, it is not just age groups that define if a joke is a hit or miss it also depends on a person’s culture and even within a larger culture where the person is from. A person from the Midwest might find jokes funny that people from the South find to be insulting.