Creating Humor

Pun: A play on words.  The use of words to exploit double meanings for humorous effect, for example my “dog’s a champion boxer”

The image to the left creates a pun between the animal mouse and the computer devise mouse.

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Personification: give human traits to an animal or inanimate object. When an inanimate object or abstraction is endowed with human qualities or abilities.

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Malaprop: an incorrect use of language.  Confusing the meaning of words.

The image below uses a malaprop by having the small child apply the term “Digital imaging” incorrectly to shadow puppets.

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Antonym: comparing how things are different.  Contrasting.

The image below contrasts how president Bush and presidential nominee John Kerry handle a football.

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Synonym: comparing how things are similar. Comparing.

The image below creates a synonym by comparing Bill Clinton to Pinocchio.

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Association: A mental connection or relation between thoughts, feelings, ideas, or sensations.  A mental connection of ideas or feelings

The image below makes an humor connection between the bald head and the tattoo of the man mowing.

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Irony: an outcome of events contrary to what was, or might have been, expected.  When something happens that isn’t what is expected to happen. Sarcasm is a form of irony.

This sign is ironic because you would expect to see a real warning on it.  You wouldn’t expect it to warn you about itself though!

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Incongruity: Absurdity or incompatibility. When something is out of place.  When things are not compatible. (this is similar to Irony)

In the image below you see a bear and a dog.  The bear appears to be hugging. One would think that these two hugging would be incompatible.

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The image below is completely absurd. A cat with 8 legs?

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Hyperbole: an exaggeration.

The image below exaggerates the amount of books and papers in the teenagers backpack.

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Understatement: lack of emphasis in expression. To show a lack of expression when is warranted.

In the Garfield cartoon Garfield shows a lack fo expression when John reveals what happened to his cell phone.

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Superimpose: often used in photography and collage.  To place directly into an image. Such as placing a man’s head on a deer’s body.

The image below replaces Lora Croft’s head with Mr. Bean.

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Multiples: Using the same image over and over again, sometimes with slight differences.

This is an image created by Andy Warhol it uses multiples to get you to think about commercialization.