Re: HUMOR: Judith the (frozen) COBAL programmer.

Derek Strong (
Sat, 19 Jul 1997 11:24:51 -0700

EvMick writes:

> As an aside...I've noticed that all forms of humor save one deal with pain.
> That exception being puns.
> Has anyone else noticed this?

I had to think about it for a while, but now I'm pretty sure I don't agree with
this. All I had to do was reflect on some of my favorite stand-up comedy
routines, and many examples came to me that weren't puns, and which didn't have
anything to do with pain. Here is but one example.

Norm McDonald once made fun of the winter olympic event known as the
"biathalon," which is a combination of cross-country skiing and rifle
marksmanship. Ski, shoot, ski, shoot. The humor Norm found in that was all
the other types of sports we might similarly make up. We could, say, sprint
100 meters, and... fish.

No pain or puns. Just absurdity and comic timing.

Derek Strong