What’s your favorite type of humor?

Ever wondered why some jokes make you laugh but others don’t? There are nine different types of humor: joke, pun, hyperbole, slapstick, wit, sarcasm, repartee, irony, and satire. We favor one type or a combination of the types and that is why we seem to have a different sense of humor. Identifying your sense of humor can open your eyes as to why you may be friends with the people who make you laugh or why we value the same sense of humor in our relationships. Below are some examples of each type of humor and a detailed description. Identify your favorite or favorites and apply your new knowledge to your everyday life.

A joke: A humorous anecdote intended to provoke laughter, often ends with a punchline.

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These are a very common type of humor. You can see these jokes on laffy taffy wrappers and popsicle sticks. Knock-knock jokes also fall into this category.

A pun: A humorous play on words using homonyms
the most laughter but are still funny.
Puns are a play on words and don’t often get

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Hyperbole: A humorous exaggeration that is not meant to be taken literally.

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Slapstick: Humorous exaggerated physical activity that exceeds the boundaries of common sense.

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Wit: Intellectual humor

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Sarcasm:A witty remark meant as a put-down or insult.

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Repartee: A humorous back and forth conversation marked by a series of witty retorts.

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Irony: Humor that may be the opposite of what you might plan or expect.

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Satire: Humor that pokes fun at its subject, and is often meant to provoke or prevent change.

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What makes you laugh the most? What are some things that you find funny? Most likely your close friends have the same sense of humor as you, that’s why you guys all get along so well. Some things that make you laugh so hard your stomach hurts or you start crying, may not be as funny to other people. Don’t get offended that someone didn’t laugh at your joke, it just all people have different types of humors and personalities.


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