Black Humor in America Essays

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Black Humor

One of the most underappreciated and unrecognized forms of comedy is black humor. Black humor often deals with events that are not often associated with other forms of comedy, such as war, murder, insanity and death. The main reason that this form of comedy is so underappreciated is that it requires some thinking on the part of the audience and many people are not willing to do that. The types of humor that are popular today do not require much thinking and can be characterized as one-liners. However, black humor has been used as an effective means of satire usually towards a tragic event. One of the biggest misconceptions about black humor is that it involves race. Black humor is not a form of African American humor
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Another contribution from him was the term big-brother which came from his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (Orwell, The New Dictionary). An additional famous work by Orwell is Animal Farm. This book is a commentary on Stalinist totalitarianism which includes his famous quote: "All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others" (Orwell, Columbia). His other famous works include Clergyman's Daughter and Shooting an Elephant. George Orwell used black humor as a way to protest all of the things in society that he did not agree with. There are many famous comedians who use black humor but Lewis Black is a comedian who stands above the rest. Lewis was born in 1948 and he first began his comedic career as an opening act for plays on Broadway. He rose to prominence in the late 90s with regular appearances on The Daily Show (Lewis, Popular). His role on the show was to do a segment about human stupidity, "his delivery was so full of frothing, barely articulate bile and rage that it could sometimes obscure the sharpness of his social and political observations" (Lewis, Popular). Lewis Black's comedy tour also focused on human stupidity and that is what much of his black humor is based on. He is slated to have his own T.V. show that centers on the lack of common sense that people have called the Red-State Diaries. Black has also hosted the World Stupidity Awards, which is

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