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Laughter Lesson Five: Hunt for Humor

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shannon souza

on 28 October 2012

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Transcript of Laughter Lesson Five: Hunt for Humor

1.Verbal Irony
2.Sarcasm
3.Situational Irony
4.Dramatic Irony
5.Hyperbole
6.Understatement
7.Malapropism
8.Pun
9.Oxymoron Laughter Lesson Five:
Hunt for Humor My dad gave me one dollar bill

Cause I'm his smartest son,

And I swapped it for two shiny quarters

Cause two is more than one!


And then I took the quarters

And traded them to Lou

For three dimes -- I guess he don't know

That three is more than two!


Just then, along came old blind Bates

And just 'cause he can't see

He gave me four nickles for my three dimes,

And four is more than three!


And I took the nickels to Hiram Coombs

Down at the seed-feed store,

And the fool gave me five pennies for them,

And five is more than four!


And then I went and showed my dad,

And he got red in the cheeks

And closed his eyes and shook his head--

Too proud of me to speak!

Verbal Irony I found this greeting card pretty funny, because I feel the same way. This ecard is making fun of the male teenagers of this society and how they look silly in the skin tight jeans that they think is so 'fashionable' and 'cool'. Also, this piece is using exaggeration. Sarcasm I love this piece, because it's so ironically hilarious. Instead of children eating ice cream cones, the ice cream cones are eating them. I think that the artist/author was trying to make people laugh by this. Situational Irony This example of a hyperbole, it's saying how the author hates their homework. Obviously the author wouldn't really want to wrestle a lion in the dark instead of doing their homework. And they obviously wouldn't want to pet ten porcupines. I find it pretty amusing that the author hates their homework so much. I know that I'm not very fond of homework, but of course it has to get done. Hyperbole (Feel free to enlarge!) Dramatic Irony I found this picture to be pretty funny. It's saying this roda is liable to icing, but that's obviously more than just icing. That's a full on snow storm. I think the person who took this photo obviously knew that this was an understatement. Understatement This pun is about marriage. The watermelon is telling the cantaloupe that they should get married but instead of saying 'can't elope', it says 'cantaloupe'. Which I find funny and cute because it's a cantaloupe saying it. I think whoever created this, intended for people to get a little giggle out of it and to enjoy its cute-ness. Pun I thought this sign was hysterical. We all know that the sign actually means prosecuted but yet it says prostituted. Of course the trespassers won't be prostituted so this sign is truely an example of malapropism.
Malapropism I think this picture of an ash tray that has a no smoking sign is pretty amusing. The fact that those two things are together contradicts one another. I think that whoever created that ash tray knew that the smokers would be looking at that the most so why not put an anti smoking sign there.I think that that was a pretty smart and clever idea. Oxymoron This amusing poem was created by Shel Silverstein. I think the authors purpose was to entertain the readers and make them laugh. I think this poem is pretty funny because obviously we know that two quarters aren't worth as much as one dollar. Also, in this poem you can find a little rhyme scheme in every other line. This comical piece is a cutout from a comic strip. I find it funny because I thought that since the teacher accused the man's son that he would be angry. But istead he says that it wasn't stolen from the internet, because he stole it from National Geographic years ago. So I thought it was pretty ironic, and I believe that type of humor is what the author was going for.
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