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Humor, Forms of

  • By: Julia M. Taylor
  • In: Encyclopedia of Humor Studies
  • Edited by: Salvatore Attardo
  • Subject:General Media, Communication & Cultural Studies, Sociology of Culture

The term forms of humor refers to different types of humor in humor research. The joke is, of course, one of the better known forms of humor, but many other forms exist as well. Roughly, humor can be classified, in terms of the medium used, as verbal humor, visual humor, and physical humor. There are other marginal forms of humor, such as humor in music, made popular by the late Danish and American performer Victor Borge. These basic forms as well as their combinations are discussed here.

Each of the forms can be talked about as intentional or accidental, and the intentional category can be further broken down into spontaneous or prepackaged/canned. A slip of the tongue is an example of accidental humor, a known riddle ...

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