How Absurd Comedy Works

Absurd humour mocks any detailed analysis. Typically, each absurd joke or scenario is a world unto itself and has few specifics in common with other jokes in the genre. But there are some general guidelines to the art. It’s arguable that all comedy is absurd. All humour points to the absurd in life, in that…

Gag Types: The Inescapable Conclusion

What do the following pieces of comic dialogue have in common? 1. ALLAN: What are you doing Saturday night? MUSEUM GIRL: Committing suicide. ALLAN: What about Friday night? (‘Play It Again, Sam‘) 2. KIM: I’m not a size 16, Mum. I’m a size 10. KATH: Country Road’s size 10.    (‘Kath & Kim‘) 3. LUCILLE:…