Anecdotes: Anecdotes are nothing but narration of interesting humorous events, which can be used to make the audience laugh. This is a very popular type of comedy.

Banter: Back and forth dialogue that includes, for example, making fun of someone/something or witty comments.

Blendword: The creation of funny words by blending two or three words.

Blue Humor/Off-Color Humor: Inappropriate, perverted, or obscene humor. This is a thin line between blue-humor and vulgarity. Blue humor is based on subjects like body parts or sex.

Blunder: This is a genre of humor, which involves a character or a comedian making foolish mistakes, which seem humorous to others.

Burlesque: This is a form of satire, since Burlesque comedy involves ridiculing any basic style or speech or even writing. Burlesque is theatrical entertainment of broad and parodic humor, which usually involves comic skills.

Black Humor/Dark Comedy: Black humor or dark comedy often refers to the juxtaposition of morbid and farcical elements to create a disturbing effect. Black comedy, is a sub-genre of comedy and satire where grave topics like death or murder are treated in a satirical manner.

Caricature: Caricature involves exaggerated portrayal of a person’s mental, physical, or personality traits in wisecrack form. Caricatures can be insulting, complimentary, political or can be drawn solely for entertainment too.

The Catch Tale: A catch tale is basically a funny story that messes up the reader or listener by implying an awful ending and then stopping with an abrupt declaration.

Conundrum: This is like a humorous one liner word puzzle that can’t be solved because the answer is a pun.

Freudian Slip: A Freudian Slip is nothing but a funny statement, which seems to just pop out from the comedian, but actually comes from the person’s subconscious thoughts. This is just like funny things said unintentionally owing to slip-of-the-tongue.

Farce/Travesty: A comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations is termed as farce or travesty. A farce is a comedy style, which aims to entertain the audience by means of unlikely, improbable and extravagant situations, disguise and mistaken identity, verbal humor of varying degrees of sophistication. It can include sexual innuendo and word play, or a fast paced plot whose speed usually increases, culminating in an ending that often involves an elaborated chase scene. Farce is also characterized by physical humor and the use of deliberate absurdity or nonsense.

High Comedy: High comedy refers to a sophisticated comedy, often satirizing high society.

Irony: Irony is a trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs and hence is a popular type of humor. Irony is portrayed through words or actions to express something completely different from the literal meaning.


Nonsensism: Nonsensism includes any kind of funny nonsense, absurdity without realistic logic.

Parody: Parody is defined as a work created to mock, comment on, or poke fun at an original work, its subject or author, by means of humorous or satiric imitation. Parody is nothing but a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody’s style, in a humorous way.

Practical Comedy: A practical joke or prank is a stunt or trick to purposely make someone feel foolish or victimized, usually for humor. Since pranks or these practical jokes are designed to make people feel foolish or victimized, this is an inherent undertone of cruelty in most practical jokes.

Pun: A low form of wordplay comedy. Such as, “A bicycle can’t stand alone because it is two-tired”.

Recovery: Recovery is a combination of blunder and wit, which means that the comedian or the character usually creates humor by making an error, and then saving himself with a fast and witty comeback.

Repartee: Witty comebacks and clever replies are all comic repartee.

Satire: Satire is a branch of comedy which makes use of witty language to convey insults or scorn. In satire, human or individual vices, follies, abuses, or shortcomings are held up to reprimand by means or ridicule, burlesque, derision, irony, or other methods. Although satire is usually meant to be funny, the purpose of satire is not primary humor, but an attack on something or some subject the author strongly disapproves of.

Stand-up Comedy: Another type of comedy is stand-up comedy, which involves a comedian standing up in front of a crowd and amusing them with jokes and funny stories.

Sitcom: Situational comedy, commonly known as ‘sitcom’ is a popular type of comedy. A humorous drama based on situations that might arise in day-to-day life. There exist a large number of popular TV sitcoms, which are synonymous with this type of comedy.

Slapstick Comedy: Slapstick humor is a boisterous form of comedy with chases, collisions and practical jokes where people just do silly things such as a tripping, falling over or embarrassing themselves just to make people laugh.

Wisecrack: A witty remark about a particular person or thing that is thrown in at a perfect timing, at the spur of the moment, is known as a wisecrack.

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