I was contemplating what makes something funny. I think it can be boiled down to just five categories. I spent minutes and minutes racking my brain, but I’m fairly certain this list is exhaustive.
#1. Something unfortunate happening to someone who is not you.
Examples: Irony, stupidity, falling down, being insulted, loosing money, and getting hit in the groin.
#2. Cursing (probably becasue one of the aforementioned things happened). Cursing made the list, because some people find it humorous. I don’t, because my mom reads this blog. Cursing is bad.
#3. Puns and sarcasm, which may correlate to irony or insults.
#4. Talking in weird voices.
#5. Varying degrees of flatulence and other inappropriately timed bodily functions.
I can’t seem to think of a single funny thing that doesn’t fit into one of these groups. Am I missing something? Please share with the rest of the class.
WARNING: If something doesn’t fit into one of these categories, it probably isn’t funny.