21 terms

Comedy Terms

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Anecdote
an interesting event or personal shorty story that helps the humorist make a point
Banter
good-natured teasing back and forth- exchange of witty remarks
Blunder
wit based on a person who makes a mistake which makes them appear foolish
Caricature
exaggeration of a person's mental, physical or personality traits
Conundrum
a word puzzle that cannot be solved because the answer is a pun
Freudian Slip
A funny statement which seems just to pop out, but actually comes from the person's subconscious thoughts
Hyperbole
extreme exaggeration that cannot literally be true
Irreverent Humor
Not appropriate for the public speaker. Humor based on easily offensive subjects like bodily functions, body parts or serious situations like death and religion.
Irony
leading part of humor. When the situation ends differently that expected.
Light-hearted
humor that is gentle, friendly and good-natured
Mocking
Humor that is based on copying or mimicking
Nonsensism
humor based on absurdity without realistic logic.
Parody
humorous version of well-known writing. Pokes fun at genres or artistic creations by imitating their styles
Practical Joke
A trick played on someone
Sarcasm
a form of verbal irony that mocks a situation
Satire
wit that is critical humor
Situational Humor
comedy that comes from your own life experiences
Understatement
making something that is regular or large seems extremely small
Wisecrack
a clever remark about a particular person or thing. A quick play on words
Wit
Intelligent humor that focuses on words. It is a sudden sharpness and quick perception.
Pun
a joke using similar sounding words with different meanings or different meaning of the same word