Jokes & Comedy – And Now For Something Completely Different

And now for something completely different !!!!!!!!!!!

Time for a bit of light relief – tell a joke – best way to put someone off-guard/balance is to make them laugh – how do you do it – laugh with you or at you

the comedian like a magician is a master at MISDIRECTION – if you know what’s coming – there’s no joke – master of timing – use of sound-alike words

What is the ‘pull back and reveal’?

guy that goes to the doctor and the doctor says ‘You have to stop masturbating’. The guy says ‘Why?’, and the doctor says ‘Because I am trying to examine you when I was a kid, the doctor gave me some suppositories for bad constipation I ate six of them in one go – for all the good they did me, I might as well have shoved them up my arse!

You don’t consciously think about these sorts of rules. If you over think it, it doesn’t work. It is like the old idea that analysing a joke is like dissecting a frog – no one laughs and the frog dies the section in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, where you fly by falling and being distracted people will happily laugh at ‘offensive’ material, and then hear a joke that touches them personally and suddenly get upset

In accessing the subconscious and trying to deliberately think about everyday things from unusual and unexpected angles there is occasionally an overlap with what would be considered mentally ill behaviour if it wasn’t being done on purpose.

EXAGGERATE

Most comedy involves inhabiting a false or exaggerated character of some kind

like those comics who do all misdirection jokes. it just feels like card tricks to me puns – double-entendre

the punch-line – need somewhere to park my bike – outrageous – unreal – hilarious – impractical – but so what

Compare your topic to a current event

In comedy it’s the subtle art of starting a joke going in one direction, or even making a complete joke, but then going in a completely different direction with the punchline or second joke.

For example, in an Mr. Bean skit he goes through all this crazy stuff to pack his junk into a tiny suitcase and finally manages to do it. Then he sees he’s forgotten like a sock or something. So he pulls out a bigger suitcase and puts the smaller suitcase in the bigger one with the sock. Wait, that’s not right.

Most jokes are misdirection, You present a reality, then reverse it. You present a story with an expectation, then subvert it, which is the punchline.

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COMEDY

In a modern sense, comedy refers to any discourse or work generally intended to be humorous or to amuse by inducing laughter, especially in theatre, television, film and stand-up comedy.

Satire and political satire use comedy to portray persons or social institutions as ridiculous or corrupt, thus alienating their audience from the object of their humor. Parody subverts popular genres and forms, critiquing those forms without necessarily condemning them.

Other forms of comedy include screwball comedy, which derives its humor largely from bizarre, surprising (and improbable) situations or characters, and black comedy, which is characterized by a form of humor that includes darker aspects of human behavior or human nature.

Similarly scatological humor, sexual humor, and race humor create comedy by violating social conventions or taboos in comic ways. A comedy of manners typically takes as its subject a particular part of society (usually upper class society) and uses humor to parody or satirize the behavior and mannerisms of its members.

SHAKESPEAREAN COMEDY

The Punch and Judy show has roots in the 16th-century Italian commedia dell’arte. The figure of Punch derives from the Neapolitan stock character of Pulcinella.[15] The figure who later became Mr. Punch made his first recorded appearance in England in 1662.

Punch and Judy are performed in the spirit of outrageous comedy , often provoking shocked laughter , and are dominated by the anarchic clowning of Mr. Punch.

Appearing at a significant period in British history, professor Glyn Edwards states: “[Pulcinella] went down particularly well with Restoration British audiences, fun-starved after years of Puritanism. We soon changed Punch’s name, , and he became, a subversive maverick who defies authority, a kind of puppet equivalent to our political cartoons.”

SATIRE

Satire is a genre of literature, and sometimes graphic and performing arts, in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, corporations, government or society itself, into improvement.

Social and psychological functions

Satire and irony in some cases have been regarded as the most effective source to understand a society, the oldest form of social study. They provide the keenest insights into a group’s collective psyche, reveal its deepest values and tastes, and the society’s structures of power.

Historically, satire has satisfied the popular need to debunk and ridicule the leading figures in politics, economy, religion and other prominent realms of power. It forces administrations to clarify, amend or establish their policies. Satire’s job is to expose problems and contradictions, and it’s not obligated to solve them.

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19TH TO EARLY 20TH CENTURY

In early 19th century England, pantomime acquired its present form which includes slapstick comedy and featured the first mainstream clown Joseph Grimaldi, while comedy routines also featured heavily in British music hall theatre which became popular in the 1850s. British comedians who honed their skills in music hall sketches include Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel and Dan Leno. English music hall comedian and theatre impresario Fred Karno developed a form of sketch comedy without dialogue in the 1890s, and Chaplin and Laurel were among the comedians who worked for him. American film producer Hal Roach stated: “Fred Karno is not only a genius, he is the man who originated slapstick comedy.

We in Hollywood owe much to him.” American vaudeville emerged in the 1880s and remained popular until the 1930s, and featured comedians such as W. C. Fields, Buster Keaton and the Marx Brothers.

20TH CENTURY FILM AND TELEVISION

The advent of cinema in the late 19th century, and later radio and television in the 20th century broadened the access of comedians to the general public. Charlie Chaplin, through silent film, became one of the best known faces on earth. The tradition of the circus clown also continued,

Studies on the theory of the comic

The phenomena connected with laughter and that which provokes it have been carefully investigated by psychologists. They agreed the predominant characteristics are incongruity or contrast in the object and shock or emotional seizure on the part of the subject. It has also been held that the feeling of superiority is an essential factor: thus Thomas Hobbes speaks of laughter as a “sudden glory”. Modern investigators have paid much attention to the origin both of laughter and of smiling, as well as the development of the “play instinct” and its emotional expression.

George Meredith said that “One excellent test of the civilization of a country … I take to be the flourishing of the Comic idea and Comedy; and the test of true Comedy is that it shall awaken thoughtful laughter.” Laughter is said to be the cure to being sick. Studies show that people who laugh more often get sick less.

American literary theorist Kenneth Burke writes that the “comic frame” in rhetoric is “neither wholly euphemistic, nor wholly debunking—hence it provides the charitable attitude towards people that is required for purposes of persuasion and co-operation, but at the same time maintains our shrewdness concerning the simplicities of ‘cashing in.’”

The purpose of the comic frame is to satirize a given circumstance and promote change by doing so. The comic frame makes fun of situations and people, while simultaneously provoking thought. The comic frame does not aim to vilify in its analysis, but rather, rebuke the stupidity and foolery of those involved in the circumstances. For example, on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart uses the “comic frame” to intervene in political arguments, one such way is his sudden contrast of serious news with crude humor.

In a segment on President Obama’s trip to China Stewart remarks on America’s debt to the Chinese government while also having a weak relationship with the country. After depicting this dismal situation, Stewart shifts to speak directly to President Obama, calling upon him to “shine that turd up.” For Stewart and his audience, introducing coarse language into what is otherwise a serious commentary on the state of foreign relations serves to frame the segment comically, creating a serious tone underlying the comedic agenda presented by Stewart.

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FORMS

Comedy may be divided into multiple genres based on the source of humor, the method of delivery, and the context in which it is delivered. The different forms of comedy often overlap, and most comedy can fit into multiple genres. Some of the subgenres of comedy are farce, comedy of manners, burlesque, and satire.

Some comedy apes certain cultural forms: for instance, parody and satire often imitate the conventions of the genre they are parodying or satirizing.

Another form of comedy would be self-deprecation. Many comedians focus on their misfortunes and foibles to entertain the public.

STAND-UP COMEDY

Stand-up comedy is a mode of comic performance in which the performer addresses the audience directly, usually speaking in their own person rather than as a dramatic character.

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