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Humor :)

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Tisha Dasgupta

on 10 January 2014

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Transcript of Humor :)

How may others interpret this?
Language... YES it's important
Body and verbal language
Used as a basis for understanding the joke
Word choice is crucial
Tone provides mood

What is humor?
quality of being amusing or comic especially in speech

provokes laughter
How influential are the ways of knowing especially language in our sense of humor?
Why can’t a bike stand on its own? It’s two tired.

What do you call a big pile of kittens? A meowntain.

I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.

I wrote a song about a tortilla. Well actually, it’s more of a wrap.

You want to hear a pizza joke? Never mind, it’s pretty cheesy.

Humor :)

Elements of Humor
must appeal to the emotions or intellect of the person

must be relatable

must be unexpected or surprising

Personal Connection?
Just played miniature golf with Carla, well she called it just golf.

Q: What did Tisha say when I asked her for a euro?
A: Sorry I'm a little short.




By Carla and Tisha
Theories of Humor
Relief Theory

Superiority Theory

Incongruity Theory
Proposed by Sigmund Freud

release of nervous energy from the body
reduces tension
overcomes sociocultural inhibitions
Proposed by Plato and Aristotle

misfortune of others
makes self feel superior

Proposed by Herbert Spencer and Aristotle

set up an expectation and then twist the circumstances
to create a surprise!

Types of Humor
Dark humor
Deadpan humor
Dark Humor

makes light of otherwise serious or grave matters
using mockery or irony to convey a sense of contempt
utilizing the different possible meanings of a word

a form of comic delivery in which humor is presented without a change in emotion or body language
Knowledge Issue #1

What makes a certain situation humorous?
Superiority Theory
Relief Theory
Incongruity Theory
Real Life Situation under consideration...
How we do know what's funny and what's rude? Where is the line between the two? When should we stop?
How may others interpret this?
Knowledge Issue #2
Language counter arguments
not universal
humor can be expressed without words
does not apply across generations
could be misunderstood
could be offensive

What type humor do you have?
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