What is humor? Isn’t that an interesting question.
Picture this: a man stands on the stage and flaps his arms as if he has wings.
What joke did this man just tell in order to use this pantomime to demonstrate the punch-line?
Answer: “I just flew in from Chicago“…then a drum beat or two….”And boy, are my arms tired!”
Would you say that this scenario is an example of humor? Or would you describe it as what is commonly referred to as a ‘groaner’? Was this humorous when it first made the comedy rounds (Vaudeville era, maybe?), but perhaps no longer causes our humor synapses to fire? What do you think?
Which leads me back to the two million dollar question (this used to be the ‘million dollar question’, but due to inflation we’ve had to up its value): What is humor? Who decides what is…
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