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I Wtk What Is Your Style Of Humor

I found this list of humor reference types interesting and thought I would post it for your reading pleasure and find videos for each, hopefully with your assistance. To what type of humor do you most relate?

I would define my type of humor primarily as flirty banter, with some conundrum and just a hint of burlesque thrown in. I also enjoy irony with duble entendre, and have been known to engage in a freudian "slip" or two, for the shock factor and to crack up my closest friends. I appreciate situational humor, but don't understand the need for a laugh track. If it's funny, I will laugh; I don't need prompting to tell me whether it's funny or not.

While I adore victorian type of humor, I hope to avoid mean-spirited or cynical sarcasm. I don't have the patience for lengthy jokes and I really don't care for blunders or humor at another's expense. I never saw the point in laughing when someone got hurt, or interest in shows like "America's Funniest Videos". But I do like pranks (practical jokes) as long as no actual harm is done.

I enjoy most British humor (except Benny Hill), especially that of Peter Sellers, Hugh Grant and John Cleese. I also totally adore Christopher Walken and think Nick Cage is funny too (and cute). I enjoy a few british comedies (Fawlty Towers, Keeping Up Appearances) and shows like King of Queens, Seinfeld, King of the Hill, Yes Dear and Still Standing for their humor.

If you have a youtube example for any of these, I will post it below the type. I hope you will interact. At least we can have a few laughs while looking. See what comes to mind when you read these definitions.

Different Types of Verbal & Written Humor

Adviser: the comic adviser gives uncalled for advice in a Punch prototype. Ex: Advice to people who want to buy a puppy: Don't.
 

Anecdotes: any interesting event, either having to do with a celebrity or something smaller, that helps the humorist make a point. Anecdotes are great for the speaker and writer.
 

Aside: a thought added as if something the speaker was saying reminded him of it.
 

Banter: good-natured teasing back and forth; exchange of witty remarks.
 

Blendword: blending two or three words to make a new word. Ex: smog for smoke and fog.
 

Blue Humor: not appropriate for the public speaker. Humor based on easily offensive subjects like making love, body parts, and bodily functions.
 

Blunder: wit based on a person who makes a mistake, which makes them appear foolish.
 


Bull: a humorous statement that is based on an outrageous contradiction. Ex: "The best people have never had kids."

Burlesque: a form of satire. Burlesque ridicules any basic style of speech or writing. (Parody makes fun of specific writings.)
 

Caricature: exaggeration of a person’s mental, physical, or personality traits, in wisecrack form.

The Catch Tale: a funny story that messes up the reader or listener by implying an awful ending but then stopping with a small declaration.

Conundrum: a word puzzle that can’t be solved because the answer is a pun. Ex: why do cows wear bells? Their horns don’t work.

Epigram: clever, short saying about a general group. Mostly satire about mankind. Two types, wordplay and thought play.
 

Exaggerism: an exaggerated witticism that overstates the features, defects, or the strangeness of someone or something.
 

Freudian Slip: a funny statement which seems to just pop out, but which actually comes from the person’s subconscious thoughts.
 

Hyperbole: extreme exaggeration.

Irony: a leading part of humor. Irony is using words to express something completely different from the literal meaning. Usually, someone says the opposite of what they mean and the listener believes the opposite of what they said.

Joke: short story ending with a funny climactic twist.

Nonsensism: inclusive of the epigram and the wisecrack, it is any kind of funny nonsense in speaking form. Nonsensism includes all kinds of absurdity without realistic logic and makes a general observation of absurd reference.

Parody: humorous version of any well-known writing. Ex: Weird Al Yankovic’s "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi".
 

Practical Joke: a joke put into action. You hear an oral joke, sees a printed joke, and feel the practical joke. The trick is played on another person and the humor comes from what happens.
  

Recovery: a combination of blunder and wit, where a person makes an error, and then saves himself with a fast correction.

Repartee: includes clever replies and retorts. The most common form is the insult.

Satire: wit that is critical humor. Satire is sarcasm that makes fun of something.
 

Situational Humor: this is comedy that comes from your own life. No one in your audience will have heard it and it can get a group used to you. This type of humor is based on a humorous situation that you have experienced.

Switching: a common form of switching is changing the main parts of the story, such as the setup or the punch line, and creating a new joke.

Understatement: making something that is regular or large seem extremely smaller or less. Intentionally down- sizing a large object.

Wisecrack: any clever remark about a particular person or thing. Wisecracks are quick wordplays about a person.

Wit: humor, irony, sarcasm, satire, repartee. Wit is funny because of the sudden sharpness and quick perception. Wit can bite. Verbal wit is a type of humor known as Wordplay.


References were: L. Audrieth, Anthony "The Art of Using Humor in Public Speaking" 1998.
imathinkin imathinkin 51-55, F Sep 5, 2010

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