6 Feb 2009
Exaggeration and Humor
Exaggeration is one of the most commonly used techniques in satire and comedy: you take something to the extremes until it becomes unreal, distorted and ridiculous. Unreal thoughts are inhibited by common sense, and therefore a good source of incongruity. Another form of inhibition used in comedy are social taboos. Funny scenes are often a violation of common sense or social taboos.