The Psychology of Humor. What is the difference between a theory of comedy and a theory of humor? The first may be simply sociological The second must have a psychological component This must include a theory of pleasure (i.e., “fun”) This must also include theory of humor (i.e., “funny”)
What is the difference between a theory of comedy and a theory of humor?
What is the pleasure in seeing somebody embarrassed? What is the pleasure in behaving inappropriately?
Simultaneous Pleasure and Pain
Steel Magnolias (1989, Herbert Ross)
“Sometimes laughter is about life and death.”
Stella Dallas (1937, King Vidor)
“Smiling through tears.”