Is subtle humor better then slapstick humor?
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This topic is very steeped in society and culture.
I actually tend to agree with you, I prefer more subtle comedy, but I do not this is inherently better.
The first time that I came across this contention was when I started learning Japanese. It is good when you learn a new language to learn a bit about their culture too; and so, I started to investigate their humour. What I found was that there were a large proportion of Japanese natives who hate (sometimes with an strong passion) irony/sarcasm.
I believe, though I am not intimately informed with Japanese culture (yet), that this stems from the fact that the Japanese people are very sincere. By using irony or sarcasm, you could be exploiting this sincerity; particularly if they do not catch the joke.
If you think about it, it is quite slighting.
In fact, when I was on a forum which was discussing irony/sarcasm, there was a lady who said that it is the absolute base of humour and that people who use it are weak excuses for human beings who cannot find humour in other ways and so resort to sarcasm.
I was quite shocked at the time; as far as I was concerned, I thought it was quite tough to form witty jokes and such - obviously, my opinion was not shared.
So to conclude, I don't think *better* in the context of humour can really be used. There are different forms of humour, but as long as it makes one proportion of people laugh, I suppose it is attaining its purpose. In other circles, it could have quite the opposite response.
Unless your definition of *better* is in some other context, like how difficult it is to formulate those jokes. Arguably, this also differs with language. Using Japanese as an example, puns can very easily be made to great (and quite amusing) effect, due to the history and writing of their language, while it may be more difficult to form pun-like jokes in other languages.
Yes it is very subjective.
If it helps though, I come from a Colonial British-British background, and I also find subtle humour to be my favourite type of humour; at least in English.
Slapstick can also be awfully good. And it's very transferrable across culture and language, unlike subtle humour appears to be. In a sense, that would be one argument for saying that slapstick is better than subtle humour.
Slapstick is so overtly kidding around that it couldn't possibly being interpreted in any other way but for humour. So yay, universal laughs, uniting cultures, lanaguages and citezens from different countries worldwide.
Im not so sure about that.
People tripping/stepping in buckets/being tripped by someone else gets me every single time. I have a thing for people tripping.
Simple mind perhaps >.<
I have this theory that its because my parents would laugh when I fell over as a child to stop me from crying and help me realise that it didn't actually hurt so bad.
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