Anti-Humor

Anti-Humor

Anti-humor is a type of indirect humor that involves the joke-teller delivering something which is deliberately not funny, or lacking in intrinsic meaning.

About Anti-Humor

Anti-humor is a type of indirect humor that involves the joke-teller delivering something which is deliberately not funny, or lacking in intrinsic meaning. The audience is expecting something humorous, and when this does not happen, the irony itself is of comedic value. Anti-humor is also the basis of various types of pranks and hoaxes. The humor of such jokes based on the surprise factor of absence of an expected joke or of a punch line in a narration which is set up as a joke. This kind of anticlimax is similar to that of the shaggy dog story In fact, some researchers see the 'shaggy dog story' as a type of anti-joke. A common example of anti-joke is 'Why did the chicken cross the road?' with the answer, 'To get to the other side.' The punchline is intentionally mundane. The no soap radio joke, normally involves 3 people. Two people who know what the joke is about, and the third who is not in the know, or 'the victim'.

Contributions by Andrevan, McGeddon, and Minglex.