Monday, March 26, 2012

Okay, So What's the Speed of Dark?

In my ongoing search to uncover my particular style of humor, I had fun this week exploring dead pan humor, also known as dry humor. I know I went over this in my last installment, but I had so much fun, I decided everyone needs a good laugh to start the week. And, because I’ve settled on dry humor as my style, I thought I'd share some examples: 

Stephen Wright, got me laughing at his site with:

Last night I played a blank tape at full blast. The mime next door went nuts.

If a person with multiple personalities threatens suicide, is that considered a hostage situation?

If a cow laughed, would milk come out her nose?

Whatever happened to preparations A through G?

Is it true that cannibals don't eat clowns because they taste funny?

Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.

OK, so what's the speed of dark? (borrowed this for today's blog title)

Do Roman paramedics refer to IV's as "4's"?

Because some people have difficulty in grasping dry humor (Huh? Was that suppose to be funny?) which  is described in two different ways, I found these explanations for you on group discussion boards on humor (who knew they had them):

Dry humor  relates to being serious, or not appearing to be trying to be funny, and in doing so, it becomes funny or humorous.
Deadpan humor is more about the form of non-comedic delivery in which this type of humor is presented without a change in emotion or facial expression, usually speaking in a monotone manner. 

Examples of deadpan humor are: 

  • Brian from Family Guy, The Office, Stephen Colbert from the Colbert Report, and Bill Murray, who has done a lot of dry humor. 
  • For the older crowd, there’s Bob Newhart, George Burns and Gracie Allen (a genius at deadpan delivery). YouTube (audio only, sorry) on George and Gracie on: Jive Talk
  • Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry in a sketch of deadpan humor which ends in a bit of slapstick.

A few more words of humor for your edification, with minimal explanation:

levity  - (lightness of mind, fickleness, inappropriate lack of seriousness)
            playfulness, pleasantry

quip - (clever or witty remark) or (a sharp, cutting or sarcastic remark) a quibble

raillery - (good humored ridicule, banter)

satire – a literary genre or form—strong irony or sarcasm used with the purpose of shaming or ridiculing
people and/or society into improvement.

slapstick - broad comedy characterized by boisterous action, mugging, and obvious farcical situations and jokes.

tomfoolery - a silly act or behavior

waggery - roguish or droll humor

wisecrack - (a smart or facetious remark) 

whimsicality or whimsy - odd or fanciful, a product of playful or capricious fancy which may have stemmed from this word whose origin is from 1490-1500:
whim-wham (noun)
1. any odd or fanciful object or thing; a gimcrack.
2. whim-whams. nervousness; jitters: He had the whim-whams after the accident.

Well, that’s all I have on humor, hope it was informative and entertaining. Love to hear your thoughts. 

I hope you had a good laugh this week, or at least a chuckle at someone’s dry/deadpan humor.  Why not share it so we can all smile?


Jodi Lea Stewart said...

You settled it: I'm a dry-humor addict! You had me with your first joke! I laughed aloud at every one of your examples. Thank you, Cora. What the world needs now is love, sweet love...*Oh sorry. Where did that come from?* I mean what the world needs now is dry humor, sweet dry humor - and you did a bang-up job of serving us up a decent portion of it!

Unknown said...

I was laughing at line #1. The 'whim-whams?' and 'waggery' those are new ones. Waggery reminds me of British humor, which I love so much or is that a 'quibble?'

Julie Farrar said...

Bob Newhart was absolutely the KING of deadpan humor. Thanks for all these lessons.

Laird Sapir said...

"Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines." Ha! Thank you for the laugh, Cora!

Anonymous said...

I love dry humor and deadpan deliveries. My kinda humor! Thanks for laughs today!

Kristen Lamb said...

I love dry humor. I think that's why I love British Comedy.

Cora said...

The Hugh Laurie (House) and Stephen Fry video I mentioned above is a British sketch from a while back. Glad you got a laugh.

Cora said...

Glad you enjoyed it. Sweet dry humor along with a glass of sweet dry wine, now that might just be a perfect evening.

Cora said...

Glad you could relate to this post. Thanks for sharing.

Cora said...

That one got cracked me up, too, every time I reread this post to recheck it. Glad you got a laugh.

Cora said...

Glad you enjoyed it. I have to say, I was cracking up all morning while researching this post.

Cora said...

While doing the research and found Hugh Laurie mentioned, I hadn't put it together that the character he plays on House does have that deadpan delivery (usually sarcastic). The video I listed above is one of his earlier sketches on British TV. A lot of people don't get House or enjoy his dark, dry humor but I do. Thanks for commenting.

Alina Sayre said...

I like the vocab booster in this post. New favorites: waggery and whim-wham :)

Cora said...

Yeah, I like whim-whams as in jitters.