Essay Humor As Being By Simon Critchley

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Simon Critchley described humor as being “produced by a disjunction between the way things are and the way they are represented in the joke, between expectation and actuality” (Critchley, 2004, p.1) Meaning, the audience expects one thing and another is said; the audiences disappointed expectation makes them laugh. (Critchley, 2004, p.1) The most common types of jokes are often the result of disappointed expectation. That being said, there are many different types of humor as it varies from country to country because humor is subjective—what a particular audience finds humorous varies immensely by factors such as upbringing, age, as well as social and cultural experiences. Oscar Wilde, a famous Irish writer, once said, “It is clear that humour is far superior to humor.” (Stories, 2016, p.123 ) This quote is not a misspelling but rather a witty pun, stating an opinion that ‘British humour’ is “far superior” to ‘American humor.’ Besides spelling, these two types of humors have many other differences as well as similarities. The similarities and differences between American and British humor are pronounced and they merit thorough examination.
It is hard to define American humor with a specific set of characteristics but there are certain types of comedy that are often used. Two major subcategories of comedy that are regularly found in American humor are slapstick and sarcasm. Slapstick humor can be described as broad comedy characterized by animated actions; it is very visual…

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