posted on Jul, 21 2013 @ 11:41 AM
And as for why dark humor is funny?
Dark humor is like TNT. It's dangerous most of the time, but if carefully handled at the right time and place, it can be detonated without causing
Right after a disaster is most certainly not the right time and place. It is unconscionably tawdry and goes to show how little maturity the person who
did it had. But, lets say some time passes - and South Park notices this phenomena with their "Aids" episode - the emotional impact has somewhat
faded, and what remains is the shell of the memory, loosed from the strong emotions associated with it.
Personally, there's some things I really do resist making jokes about: the holocaust, hiroshima, genocides. But that doesn't mean I haven't laughed
if I heard someone make a joke about this. Family Guy did this in one of their random skits; the scene opened with "Hiroshima, 1945" - setting up
our expectations. The Japanese man hears what sounds like a falling projectile, and he says "Oh...a-my....G--od" and a monkey falls on him". As
tawdry and vulgar as that joke was, it was extremely funny. Why is that?
Basically, humor reflects the paradoxes of life, I've noticed. When two things are utter opposites from each other, when they are so out of place
together, we laugh. Humor is the coming together of opposites. So when a tragic event - something with a strongly negative aura - is made to be funny
in some way, combining it with some ridiculous image, likely incongruous and very different, the effect is humorous. Some comedians, like Seth
Mcfarlene, seem to revel in honing this technique like it were an art. The more heinous, the more inappropriate the humor, the better the effect
Although humor is essentially the coming together of opposites, I can't let myself abuse that fact for the sheer "thrill" of enjoying a good laugh.
There is more to life than being funny. Sometimes, restraining an urge to deprecate and deride can be more satisfying then indulging in ribald humor.
I'm sure, someone would reply: that because you think you're so "holier than.". No, it's about considering the people involved, and being
sensitive to their plight, to the tragedy. Of course, I enjoy the feeling. But besides the subjective feeling of doing what was right, is the
objective fact that I didn't diminish the objective pain that the event had caused. And I think that is a worthwhile consideration to make.