Hi SEers. John is back with you again. Happy New Year to you all. Last week I gave you some humor examples from the list of nine types of humor. Today I want to finish the list. If you need to check back on the Types of humor, go HERE. If you want to review the previous post, go HERE. Well, now that I have directed you all over the place, let’s begin.
Topical Humor – Using current events to create humor. Political cartoons are obvious examples, as are Saturday Night Live skits. As to writing, any story of a topical nature can have an infusion of humor. Narration and dialogue both work.
Trying to find topical humor in literature is tough, but if we go to YouTube shorts, there is plenty. Here’s one.
Here is another about old people. He talks about 80-year-olds, and I’m 81, so it is okay.
Improvisational – Unplanned situational events aimed at causing laughter. The TV show “Who’s Line Is It Anyway is a good example. The only way I can envision using improvisational in writing by describing an impromptu skit. Of course, I could be wrong here, and if so would love to hear in the comments where this type of humor would fit in a book.
My original thought was correct. You really have to witness improvisational. Here’s an example.
Physical – Broad slapstick typified by the physical involvement of the object of ridicule. This was the most practical kind of humor in silent films since it was more visual and required no verbal explanation. Writers Can describe a scene where a character takes a pratfall or other obvious moves for a laugh. I could not find such a description but here are examples. Try not to laugh.
Self-deprecating – Making oneself the object of ridicule. This form is used widely by stand-up comics. In writing, this type is probably best in dialogue. However, a scene could also show something humorous someone said in a self-deprecating way. In keeping with the rest of the examples, I’m going to cop out and head for YouTube.
Wit-Wordplay – Using language to create humor out of a set of words. Puns fall under this category. In writing, wordplay fits in dialogue and scenes where a narrator is telling a story. Let’s wrap up with another YouTube example.
You’ve been a wonderful audience and feel free to comment about your favorite type of humor.