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HOW COMEDY AFFECTS US --from Brendan Kenny 1. Comedy is based on irony. 2. Awareness of irony is an intellectual, not emotional process 3. Comedy lifts us out of our emotional responses 4. With emotional defenses down, our mind can see the need for change in a comic character. 5. Typically the comic character is blind to his misperceptions but repeats the rigid behavior. 6. Good comedy allows us to feel superior to the characters. 7. Despite our superior position, we see similarities between the comic characters and ourselves. 8. We sense our own rigidity and blindness are like the comic fool’s and note the laughter the comic fool arouses. 9. Comedy acts as a way to change the individual or the society using laughter. 10. Satire, ridicule, burlesque often work in the service of change. 11. Comedy uses exaggeration, understatement, role reversal and generally the devices of irony to make us laugh and compare. COMEDY THEORY --Richard F. Taflinger, Ph.D. Six elements are required for something to be humorous: 1. It must appeal to the intellect rather than the emotions; 2. It must be mechanical (unadaptable, inflexible) 3. It must be inherently human, with the capability or reminding us of humanity;
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