Humor Essays

Vital Function

Alain de Botton states a truthful and realistic point about humorists. Humorists have the ability to say things the average person will never say, this defines and makes humorists important, yet there role may be misconstrued . Humorists give people the opportunity to listen to stories, words, conversations, and more that cannot be heard on a daily basis. People have the freedom to interact and watch an individual that is capable of doing almost anything. The effects of this can…

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What Are the Unique Characteristics of Jewish Humor_

Perhaps the greatest contribution of the Jews to American Society and Entertainment is Comedy. The names of great Jewish comedians: George Burns, the Marx Brothers, Lenny Bruce, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen are staples on the comedy scene today. The reason for this is the unique quality of Jewish Humor that it manages to be self-deprecatory and humorous without being hurtful. The aspects that define Jewish comedy and the traditional comedic values are deeply rooted in Judaism’s religious and cultural traditions….

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Contemplative Essay – Humor

Introduction Johnny was a strange and interesting man. He knew how to be angry magnificently, but was fearful and embarrassed when he laughed. When he did laugh, for an instant his whole body would relax. Then he would snap back into his protective stance with his shoulders up and his body tight and rigid. With time, I learned that in his laughter, Johnny felt terribly vulnerable. His father used to soften him up and get him laughing, and then attacks…

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Sociology of Humor

Humor is an important part of everyday interaction. It serves mainly as a social lubricant that creates a lighter atmosphere between a speaker and an audience. Provided that it is not provoke offensive behavior, humor can be used as a first step towards building individual relationships. A more relaxed ambiance between people, in turn, is conducive to friendliness. In the sociological context, however, humor has more important functions. It allows people to express their innermost feelings and opinions without offending…

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Coetzee’s Use of Humor in Disgrace (1999)

After reading Coetzee’s novel (1999) and then the literary criticisms that followed its publication, the inevitable conclusion was that the many different interpretations of the novel demonstrated it reached readers in highly individual ways.  Indeed, it seemed that many of the criticisms were of different books.  The purpose of this paper was to focus on an aspect of the novel that has received little attention, Coetzee’s liberal use of humor or satire in the context of city life in post-Apartheid…

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Is Humor Persuasive

Humor can be one of the most effective tools to use with persuasion, as it can provide many benefits with very little cost or drawback. Some of the benefits of using humor to communicate an argument include increased attention span, an overall more enjoyable reading experience, not to mention the comfortable environment comedy will give for the writer to communicate their ideas. Enter humor columnist Dave Barry and his essay, “Road Warrior,” which introduces the quality of road rage that…

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Laughing It Out_ the Practical Benefits of Humor

All it takes is a little sense of humor. It is indeed among the simplest and noblest answers that one can find as a cure to so many disorders and distresses in this world. A small laugh, a chuckle, a giggle – quite unimpressive but, yes, this is the antidote to it all. Ever wonder how lighter we feel just by watching playful children spend countless hours laughing over a silly cartoon TV show till they roll over? Or how…

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My Humorous Experience

My friend and I once took our snack at a quiet corner in the college cafeteria when he shared to me an experience he had while volunteering in a home for the elderly. He said that one time a hearing impaired grandma had her friend, who was then also deaf with old age, for a visit. Once left by the caregiver, the two old women had a conversation. The grandma had been trying to squeeze a decent tune from her…

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Humor in Advertising

If you hear the word “coke,” what is the first product that comes into your mind? Or if you hear the name “McDonald’s,” what television commercial do you remember? When we hear these words or terms, we can easily associate them with products because of the advertisements that we see on television, hear over the radio, read in the magazines or billboards or in the Internet. Advertising is simply the public promotion of products and services. Its primary intention is…

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Laughter

Humor is infection. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use. So today I would like to…

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Workplace Humor_ a Double Edged Sword__

Even as the modern world is running after countless gadgets to stay away from stress and strain, the growing band of counselors are busy providing solutions towards happy life, the significance of humor holds on its top position as a remedy of all such problems, let alone being instrumental in enhancing interpersonal communication or enlivening a collective atmosphere. These invaluable qualities of humor has made it an important tool for the organizations towards enhancing the productivity and a happy ambience….

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Life of Isaac Deutscher

Trotskyism is a theory by a German, Leon Trotsky who was a Bolshevik-Leninist and also a Marxist. Trotsky politics do not advocate for socialism but rather proletarian revolution in a country, proletarian revolution is a revolution whereby the working class work together to overthrow bourgeois. Trotsky’s followers are known as Trotskyist or Trot. The play Trotsky’s bar mitzvah is a ten minute play that was produced in Louisville KY. The drama explores the life of a Jew in the twentieth…

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The Secret of Humor

The book The secret of humor was written by Leonard Feinberg and published in 1978 by Robopi publishers. Feinberg begins by introducing the over one hundred theories of humor that have been proposed over the past three millennia. Certain theories are also presented, such as the idea of humor as being a “pleasant surprise. ” Other theories are described as bizarre, such as those posed by Baudelaire and Bergler. Others have described humor as a gift from nature to neutralize…

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