Sunday, August 13, 2006

A Sunday Bonus (And I'm Not Even Pissed Off)

As a bit of a post script to yesterday’s article, it isn't always the joke that is funny. Sometimes the premise of the joke is enough to carry the whole thing. Example: "Two nuns and a duck walk into a bar..." The imagery is enough to convey laughter. "A priest, a minister and a rabbi are together in a boat..." It's a good set up for cultural dynamics.
Half of the jokes on hears are based on these two premises.

Sometimes jokes rely totally on the punch line. There was one joke that was going around when I was in 5th grade. I don't remember the joke, but the punch line was someone shouting, "It's a bald headed mouse!" The story was almost unnecessary. Just shouting "A bald headed mouse" would have been sufficient to make people laugh.

This also makes one realize that in comedy there joke tellers, story tellers, and those who expose irony. I am a big fan of irony. It is probably the most complex branch of comedy. Look around and I’m sure you’ll see some every day.


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