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.Black comedy is a sub-genre of comedy and satire[1][2] in which topics and events that are usually regarded as taboo are treated in a satirical or humorous manner while retaining their seriousness.^ Black comedy , also known as black humor, is a subgenre of comedy and satire that deals with a serious subject, that normally would not be humorous, in a humorous manner.

^ The main event of the evening is Black Comedy .

^ In America, black comedy as a literary genre came to prominence in the 1950s and 1960s.

.Synonyms include dark comedy, black humor, dark humor, and morbid humor.^ However, in sick humor most of the humor comes from shock and revulsion; black humor usually includes an element of irony, or even fatalism.

^ A comedy with a wicked sense of humor -- often dark, cynical and edgy -- that makes fun of such supposedly serious subjects as death, illness, murder, or war.
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.The purpose of black comedy is to make light of serious and often taboo subject matter, and some comedians use it as a tool for exploring important issues, thus provoking discomfort and serious thought, as well as amusement, in their audience.^ Find Widgets Make a Widget black comedy 1 widget .
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^ Gallows humor is humor that makes light of death or other serious matters.

^ Some black comedians play upon this well.
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.Popular themes of the genre include rape, murder, suicide, war, drug abuse, terminal illness, abuse, insanity, disease, racism, disability, both physical and mental, chauvinism and crime.^ A comedy with a wicked sense of humor -- often dark, cynical and edgy -- that makes fun of such supposedly serious subjects as death, illness, murder, or war.
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^ Black comedy, also known as black humor or dark comedy, is a sub-genre of comedy and satire where topics and events that are usually treated seriously (death, mass murder, suicide, domestic violence, disease, insanity, fear, drug abuse, rape, war, terrorism, etc.
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^ The black comedy film deals with normally taboo subjects, including, death, murder, suicide and war, in a satirical manner.
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.By contrast, blue comedy focuses more on crude topics, such as sex and bodily fluids.^ In such comedy, one is forced to laugh or enjoy dark or black topics that one shouldn't enjoy or laugh at.
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^ Topics More Sketch Comedy Video View All Sketch Comedy Videos 1 800 Black Friend !
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.Although the two are interrelated, black comedy is different from straightforward obscenity in that it is more subtle and doesn't necessarily have an explicit intention to offend people.^ The above three i listed i absolutely love, 10/10, so more like that :D By black comedy, i mean a comedy (preferably R and Crude Humour) that features mostly black people, black people in the main roles and stick to the black culture / gangster / comedy in it.
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^ Although racism is no laughing matter, Tim and Tom proved that a little humanity and humor can go a long way to reminding us that people are more alike than they are different.
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^ Black people living in South Africa today have a very different history than black people living in Chicago or Seattle or Vancouver.
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.In obscene humor, much of the humorous element comes from shock and revulsion, while black comedy usually includes an element of irony, or even fatalism.^ However, in sick humor most of the humor comes from shock and revulsion; black humor usually includes an element of irony, or even fatalism.

^ 'Black Comedy Tour' comes to Delaware .
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^ At the end of the chaotic evening, Black Comedy is a cautionary tale about those who deceive, and those who assume.
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.This particular brand of humor can be exemplified by a scene in the play Waiting for Godot, where a man takes off his belt to hang himself and his trousers fall down.^ A scene in Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot is a good example of black comedy: A man takes off his belt to hang himself, and his trousers fall down.

^ A comedy of manners typically takes as its subject a particular part of society (usually upper class society) and uses humor to parody or satirize the behavior and mannerisms of its members.
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^ But further down Saadoun Street from the lube shop, the production at the Victory Theater has Iraqis literally falling off their seats laughing - sometimes uproariously, sometimes ruefully.
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.Writers such as William Faulkner, Thomas Pynchon[1], Kurt Vonnegut[1], Warren Zevon, Patrick Hamilton, Joseph Heller[1], Mark Twain, Martin McDonagh, Louis-Ferdinand Céline and George Bernard Shaw have written novels, poems, stories, plays and songs in which profound or horrific events were portrayed in a comic manner.^ Writers such as Terry Southern, Joseph Heller, Thomas Pynchon, Kurt Vonnegut and others published novels and stories where profound or horrific events were portrayed in a comic manner.

^ Writers as varied as Aristophanes, Dante, Shakespeare, and Mark Twain have composed works classified as "comedy."
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^ Beginning in the 19th century, authors such as Anton Chekhov, George Bernard Shaw and Henrik Ibsen blurred the line between comedy and drama.
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.Comedians including Lenny Bruce[2], George Carlin, Bill Hicks, Peter Cook, Jimmy Carr, Jack Dee, Frankie Boyle, Jhonen Vasquez and the Monty Python team have also helped popularize the genre.^ Lenny Bruce and George Carlin and anybody who had an album in the '60s.
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^ He lists legends such as Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Bob Newhart and Lily Tomlin as influences.
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^ We're all grown here, and all of us know that, with the exceptions of George Carlin and Bill Maher, white people aren't funny.
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.The Book of Bunny Suicides by author Andy Riley is a more modern take on conventional black comedy.^ For booking details go to Black Comedy .

^ Click here to purchase tickets or to read more information about “Black Comedy”.
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^ Sell Comedy Tickets Please Note: Black Comedy Explosion tickets may be sold for more than the price listed on the ticket.
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.Its comedic value relies mostly on non sequitur, one-panel cartoon drawings of one or several bunnies finding creative ways of committing suicide.^ Set to premiere this summer, the show is one of several HBO has acquired in its marathon to find new flagship series.
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Major "King" Kong riding a nuclear bomb to oblivion, from the film Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.
.In the United States, black comedy as a literary genre came to prominence in the 1950s and 1960s.^ In America, black comedy as a literary genre came to prominence in the 1950s and 1960s.

^ In 2005, Black reunited with State members Michael Showalter and David Wain to form the comedy troupe Stella , who had their own show on Comedy Central.
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^ The above black comedies range from predominantly comic to disturbingly dark, although all can be characterized as quirky takes on the holiday-movie genre.
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.An anthology edited by Bruce Jay Friedman, titled Black Humor, assembles many examples of the genre.^ An anthology edited by Bruce Jay Friedman, titled "Black Humor," assembles many examples of the genre.

^ Many black comics, whose humor has sprung from the pain or anger of dealing with a discriminatory society, are now wrestling with hope, cautious optimism and celebration.
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.Black comedy is a prevalent theme of many cult films, television shows and video games.^ Black comedy dvds Comedy DVDs in DVDs & Videos stores.
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^ Black comedy shows .
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^ The film is considered a Black comedy.
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The 1964 Stanley Kubrick film Dr. Strangelove presents one of the best-known mainstream examples of black comedy.[1] .The subject of the film is nuclear warfare and the annihilation of life on Earth.^ The subject of the film is nuclear war and the extinction of life on Earth.

^ But Dr. Strangelove plays the subject for laughs; for example, in the film, the fail-safe procedures designed to prevent a nuclear war are precisely the systems that ensure that it will happen.

.Normally, dramas about nuclear war treat the subject with gravity and seriousness, creating suspense over the efforts to avoid a nuclear war.^ Normally, dramas about nuclear war treat the subject with gravity and seriousness, creating suspense over the efforts to avoid a nuclear war.

^ A comedy with a wicked sense of humor -- often dark, cynical and edgy -- that makes fun of such supposedly serious subjects as death, illness, murder, or war.
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^ But Dr. Strangelove plays the subject for laughs; for example, in the film, the fail-safe procedures designed to prevent a nuclear war are precisely the systems that ensure that it will happen.

But Dr. Strangelove plays the subject for laughs; for example, in the film, the fail-safe procedures designed to prevent a nuclear war are precisely the systems that ensure that it will happen. .Plotwise, Group Captain Mandrake serves as the only sane character in the film, while Major Kong fills the role of the hero striving for a harmful goal.^ They say the film shows only the worst Polish character traits, and that it tries to turn into comedy issues that are no laughing matters.
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.Black comedy is commonly used in dramatic or satirical films, retaining its serious tone.^ ABWAG Useful definitions of black comedy.
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^ The film is considered a Black comedy.
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^ Black and Showalter reunited again to create a new series, Michael and Michael Have Issues , for Comedy Central in 2009.
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Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1E1-blackhum.html
  2. ^ a b http://encyclopedia.farlex.com/black+humor

Simple English

Black comedy is a style of humor (something funny or comical) that is about something serious that might upset people or people have problems with (death, war, drug use, abuse).

Some famous examples of Black comedy include:

  • Waiting for Godot
  • Cartoons by Charles Addams
  • Catch-22
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Harold and Maude
  • Plays by Joe Orton
  • The novel, film and early TV episodes of M*A*S*H
  • Itchy and Scratchy on the Simpsons.
  • Cartoons by John Callahan


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