6 Feb 2009

Exaggeration and Humor

Posted by jofr

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.

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