What is Dry Humor?

Ive been told that I have a lovely dry sense of humor. This mostly by the same person that complains about my uncalled for sarcastic quips.

To whomever said Leslie Nielsen and Bill Murray were good American comedians: you sir (or maam) have an excellent sense of dry humor. For those who dont know, both men are Canadian. Canadians tend to have a rather British appreciation for humor.

Actually, it is a known ct that the English had a well-developed sense of slap-stick comedy before the Norman Invasion. Unfortunately, this came to an end shortly before the end of the Battle of Hastings when Harold was heard to quip, Come on lads, its all fun and games until someone pokes their eye out.

The reason why the British are so well known for their dry humor, is possibly the same reason a few people here didnt even know the British were funny. These people probably thought it was all Benny Hill and (the less funny) Monty Python sketches. American dry humor is nearly always with an obvious smirk. The British dry humor doesWhat is Dry Humor?nt seem to give as many hints that a joke was even told. You have to be listening for it.

i think its all pretty funny. Its the first time i actually saw a debate over whats funny and whats not.i mean, funny is funny. If it aint, dont laugh and get over it.

Good article. The anon poster on post 52 who said that Monty Python is dry humor probably doesnt understand fully what the term means. All of Monty Pythons stuff is over-the-top slapstick-style. Granted, there is a little bit present in his films, but for the most part it is purely slapstick, black comedy, irony and parody. For the record, I love The Life Of Brian.

Ive always been a huge n of dry humor, but I never could tell the difference between all the kinds of comedy out there. I would just sit there laughing away and every one else would just sit there with strange looks on their ces. I finally decided to look up the definition so that maybe I could tell the difference, and you helped me out a lot. Thank you! Jamie

Often referred to as deadpan humor, dry humor is a comedy technique that is characterized by a calm and straightforward delivery by the performer. This is in contrast to such comedy art forms as slapstick or sketch comedy, which often relies upon broad gestures, exaggerated cial expressions, or an emphasized tone or tenor in order to heighten the comic appeal of the joke or remark. Often, dry humor is associated with what some people refer to as highbrow comedy, as the style requires a degree of restraint in order to be effective. However, good dry humor usually employs words that are easily accessible to persons of just about educational level and often makes use of everyday terms as part of the content.

I think the Americans in these comments are a prime example of why Americans in general dont get dry humor. Unless there is some canned laughter and they dont have to think, they dont find it funny.

My own humor is dry, or perhaps slightly damp. I love great deadpan comics like Jack Benny, Tim Conway and Bob Newhart. Monty Python combines the dry style with absurd material – brilliant.

I think it should be acknowledged that the term dry humor is not very well defined. There does not seem to be a consensus as to what precisely dry humor is. Many of the examples cited here (e.g. Monty Python, Steven Wright, Leslie Nielsen in some of his comedic roles) seem to me to be better described as absurdist humor. When I think of dry humor – vague a concept as it is – I usually think of the sort of sarcastic quips Sean Connery or Roger Moores James Bond character occasionally made, or the sort of witty remarks the early Beatles were mous for in their interactions with the media. Its not really something you usually see as part of a comedic act; it;s more understated than that.I can see where it might occasionally overlap with absurdist humor or deadpan (the latter being more of a verb – a means of delivery – than a style of humor), but in the end it is just not well defined enough to debate its merits.

The double-entendre is a very common verbal device used in the delivery of dry humor. An excellent example of this device is found in British comedy. Considered by many persons to be masters in the art of dry humor, many British comedy presentations over the years have employed the use of a common term that in ct could have more than one meaning, often one that was considered to be slightly racy. When delivered in a perfectly serious and deadpan mode, this dry humor device can produce riotous responses from an audience, and seems to stay fresh over an extended period of time.

This cyber-conversation just flat-lined. You have all ruined humor for me. Why arent any of these comments funny? Why? Dry humor has never been, nor will it ever be, a political stance!

I didnt really read everyones comments but a big mention for Steven Wright, surely? I know we British do it better than anyone but his is the epitome of the dry one-liner.

I think the article clearly states that dry humor is an acquired sense as you get older, Most young people dont have the life experience to understand it. Same goes for Sarcasm. I hate little btches who dont understand sarcasm.

Many successful comedic performers, both British and American, have built careers based on the successful employment of dry humor. Along with stage, television, and movie performers, many writers make use of dry humor in novels, magazine articles, and news columns.

With dry humor, the focus is on the actual words that are used, rather than the use of various devices that call attention or emphasis to parts of the delivery process. The construction of the joke or script may in and of itself be slightly mocking or sarcastic in nature, although the vocal delivery will tend to limit the use of inflection or tone to convey those qualities. Instead, the delivery of the humor tends to be in normal casual tones, sometimes accompanied with a slight smile or look that is allowed just a hint of irony. This helps pull the attention of the audience to the words themselves, rather than distracting them with movements or expressions.

I agree that dry humor is the best kind of humor, in that it isnt so much dry as it is fresh. Nothing beats a witty remark or sarcastic statement, particularly from the likes of Oscar Wilde or Winston Churchill. Also, I would agree that humor in America is insufficiently evocative, as it is overdone and r too deliberate. British humo(u)r trumps all.

I think, Mrs. Slocums often used two words in Are you being served? is a very good example of British dry humor – My pussy.

I feel you have to actually be educated to a degree to enjoy dry humor. Also, it is really straightforward and does not need absurd gestures to supplement the joke. That is why I truly enjoy dry humor, and it is done much better in Britain. Americans are just much too dumbed down by the media to even understand this form of comedy.

The first comment, or rather the last one before mine, is a dry humor joke. I hope you see it. Its hilarious.

What do people mean by they didnt know that the English laughed at anything. Now, Im an Australian, me completely third party and impartial, and if you want my opinion, English comedy is way better than American. I mean,new york escort The Peep Show? Hilarious!

Would Jimmy Carr be a good example of dry humor? He tells his jokes with a very straight ce, and uses the double-entendre a lot…

wait, you mean the british have comedy, and its not all sunshine and rainbows over there? my mind just blew up.

The Brits do dry humor better than anyone else. Monty Python has never been equaled in that vein. Further, the post-Python work by the individual members such as John Cleese and Michael Palin makes for a long, funny list. A contemporary Brit paradigm is Hugh Laurie (the eponymous doctor of House, M.D. TV series), who does an American accent so well many people dont realize hes a Brit and was a long-established comedic performer, e.g. Fry and Laurie team, before he became an overnight TV star in the US. A few negative opinions expressed above contain a distinct element of hostility. Possible reasons: 1) They resent having to think a little bit more than theyre accustomed to in order to get the joke; 2) They cant think st enough to keep up with a rapid delivery pace; 3) Frustration over their inability to get it, period, for lack of prerequisite knowledge. I would bet those people are great ns of, say, Dane Cook. Not much knowledge or thinking required with his type.

If you enjoy dry humor, I greatly recommend Parks and Recreation, specifically, Aubrey Plaza. Her monotone delivery and telling smirk are priceless.

Some people are always trying to seem smarter than the rest of the human race. I agree potty humor is absurd, but theres nothing wrong with a few Jim Carrey or Will Ferrells exaggerated moments (although sometimes they go a little towards the gutter). Doesnt make Brits a superior race because they laugh at dry delivery of jokes more than anyone else. That seems to be all foreigners argument.

To enjoy dry humor it helps to be able to think while one listens. This is often hard for us westerners across the pond who love our toilet humor! I must admit, however, I prefer dry humor over poo jokes any day.

People dont get dry humor and mistake it with nonsense and dribble. Most annoying part is that they arent even ready to understand what it is all about.

slapstick is just plain dumb. i mean, i see what the joke is supposed to be, but it doesnt elicit a laugh response from me because its just so inane and stupid. i feel we are dumbed down by it, and the toilet humor is just, no, not my thing at all. dry humor is often paralleled with situational humor — laughs from stuff that can actually happen in real life (maybe not everything from the movie something about mary, but some of it! – for example).

Dry humor, (or humour, for you damned foreigners), is mainly about what isnt said.This is why Latins are not known for their dry humor, since no Latin can ever leave anything unsaid.(Several times over, in ct.)And then there are Germans and their ilk. It is to be sincerely wished by many, both r and wide, that they would aspire to become the Jedi masters of the art.

I think the dry humor of the Brits is hilarious. American humor however, cant really fit a proper word to describe it; its somewhat overdone and . And thats coming from an American.

As a n of British sitcoms, I think they have a well-deserved reputation for dry humor because they their comedy often has such a sense of irony to it. They tend to be able to make fun of their cultural institutions while appearing to be totally serious. Plus, many of their situation comedies employed effective use of the double-entendre, delivered once again with a straight ce.

I think that most people here are suggesting that certain nationalities, especially Americans, cannot do dry humor (or humour for you Brits) because random stereotypes that you have that are actually not really based on anything but probably the observations from the Jersey Shore or something similar. And in ct, if you are getting your opinions of all Americans from watching bad TV, then you are probably no better than the Americans who watch said show. Also, if you think Americans are dumb, Humor I would like to point out that British is not a race, it is a nationality. White, however, is.

29: Leslie Nielsen: Canadian.Bill Murray: definitely not Canadian. Grew up in a suburb of Chicago, went to college in Colorado, then worked at Second City Chicago before moving to NYC.

Wow, why are so many people hating on dry humor? lol. I am always told I have dry humor and people love it and I never really knew what it was. I just talk and say whats on my mind with out trying to be really funny and people just laugh. Usually its about the stuff everyones thinking but no one is comfortable enough to say themselves. At least one of you said dry humor and sarcasm is learned over time with age. Thats such crap. Im 21 and have been told I have good dry humor for almost half my life 🙂 And I agree, British comedy is hilarious! 🙂 I was exposed to it on my first British Airways flight a few years ago. I love Brits. 🙂

I stand corrected, as I was just reminded of several American dry humorists who dont give the audience a hint. Bill Murray, for one. Leslie Nielsen made his career out of delivering humorous lines without seeming to notice that anything he said was funny at all.

Ok so if dry humor is: With dry humor, the focus is on the actual words that are used, rather than the use of various devices that call attention or emphasis to parts of the delivery process, then how can you say Monty Python utilizes dry humor? Their skits are so over-the-top and slapstick, their is nothing subtle about it. The Search for the Holy Grail and other Python skits are delivered serious and deadpan as to hide the joke in the words? come on, really? are you people blind?

Ive doing dry humor since fourth grade. I do believe its mostly used by the shy or socially awkward, as well as more intelligent people. I was shy growing up and when I would actually say something, it would be funny, straight forward, and delivered expressionlessly. A kid once said to me he thought it was hilarious that everything I said was said with a straight ce. My current boyfriend and I like to watch comedies, but his idea of funny is slapstick, Will Ferrell-type routines which never get so much as a smirk from me. Stuff like Monty Python, or Woody Allens drier humor.


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