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tolerant, witty, wise, and self-effacing
angry, personal, caustic, resentful
play or other literary piece that elevates the mundane or reduces and ridicules the noble for purposes of making people laugh. The American burlesque show presented bawdy comedy, skits, and striptease acts, making gross fun of human behavior.
humorous exaggeration in pictures or words of people, places, or events, as in political cartoons.
comedy filled with wit, lively and unlikely social situations, and exaggerated language.
harsh satire, designed to ridicule someone or something.
piece of music or literature in which another work is imitated for humorous purpose or ridiculed through exaggeration or distorted imitation.
gross distortion of an original work, exaggerated for comic purposes or with intent to ridicule.
the formalized walk of Charlie Chaplin, the facial and body contortions of Jim Carrey
when a person acts or speaks out of context (i.e. having a picnic at a nuclear waste site), or when there is a lack of congruity between two different things.
malapropisms, weird rhymes, word play, puns, etc.
when what one says or does is opposite of what one means or does.
"fake praise" which is actually meant to imply blame
linking together with no commentary items which normally do not go together; Baby's first bottle, baby's first steps, baby's first cigarette.
mimicking the style and/or techniques of something or someone else (must be easily recognizable to be considered parody!)
taking a real-life situation and reducing it to make it ridiculous or unimportant, in order to showcase its faults
Fielding's description of a grossly fat and repulsively ugly Mrs. Slipslop: "She was not remarkably handsome" or "Oh it's nothing serious, just a little brain tumor."
the English professor mispronounces a word, the President slips and bangs his head leaving the helicopter, etc.
twist endings, completely unexpected events
name calling, personal abuse, verbal attacks, etc.
creating a tension between laughter and horror or revulsion; the essence of all "sick humor" or "black humor"
using elevated diction and devices from the epic or the heroic to deal with low or trivial subjects
taking a real-life situation and blowing it out of proportion or making it seem bigger and more important than it is, in order to make it ridiculous and showcase its faults.
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