Defining Different Types of Comedy and Humor Essay

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Have you ever noticed how some things can seem very simple, but in fact, are quite complex under further analysis. A great example of this is music. What do you think of when you hear the word music? Do you think of that hot new hit by your favorite artists such as Fall Out Boy, Lil Wayne, or Katy Perry? On the other hand, maybe you think of some old geezers playing violins and actual instruments in an orchestra. Maybe music isn’t as simple as you thought? There is rhythm, tempo, meter, sound, dynamics, harmonies, keys, time, and a whole lot more. In a more general sense, music has various genres, but what exactly makes certain artists part of a genre. What is the difference between Alternative and Indie, or Hip-Hop and Rap, or …show more content…
The answer to this varies for virtually everyone. One’s sense of humor could but may not be limited to the effects of family, friends, social class, setting, cultural situations, and personal experiences. Humor, not the sense of humor, consists of three identifiable categories: difference, relief, and superiority. These categories are present in virtually all the things that we can find funny. Difference to what we would normally expect throughout our daily lives can be shocking and very unexpected. Because we are not expecting some things to happen, we laugh. For example, a person steps on their untied shoelace, trips, and falls. Assuming there is no physical harm to the individual, we can find this act humorous. In common perception, shoes are supposed to be tied to our feet so that they do not slip off. However, this example shows the difference of the shoes being untied, and as a result, the person trips, and falls. We can then laugh because the individual did not have their shoes tied like they should have. While we can have our sense of humor stimulated solely by the unexpectedness, we can also find the act funny as a way to make us feel superior to the other individual. Perhaps there was a time when we experienced the same thing, or someone we knew did, and found it laughable due to their stupidity to not tie their shoes. In my sociology class, we talked about Charles Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection,

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