Humor

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Humor is a form of entertainment that is intended to make someone laugh and have a good time.

There are different types of humor which appeal to different sectors of humanity - for instance, Slapstick Humor is particularly popular with young children, while satire tends to be more popular with the older and better-educated.

Humor usually is localized and does not easily transfer from one culture to another. This happens because a large amount of humor is very context sensitive and someone whom does not understand the context will usually not understand the humor.

Various techniques are used to deliver humor

  • Slapstick
  • Pun
  • Joke
  • Sarcasm
  • Satire
  • Parody
  • Silly acts inappropriate for the situation or age of person
  • fake stern manner that is inappropriate in a comic setting
  • ridiculous gestures and movements
  • deliberate ambiguity and confusion with reality (such as in Andy Kaufman's humor)
  • play of words such as oxymorons, puns etc.
  • unexpected outcome, such as a witty punchline.
  • wittiness, as in many one-liner.
  • absurdity
  • irony
  • self inflicted ambarassing situation, e.g. losing the swim trunk after a dive etc.
  • self-degradation (such as in Rodney Dagerfield's humor)
  • faking stupidity
  • pointing out real stupidity (such as the Darwin Awards)
  • stereotyping (such as blonde, lawyer, polish jokes etc.)
  • inflicting pain (such as kick in the groin or in the movie "Home Alone", etc)

there are many more, I just don't remember all the names