LC English Lab

Mr Thomas — Lynden Christian High School English

      In order to understand comedy, you need to understand three different techniques.  Read the definitions below and click on the different links to see these definitions in action:

Satireunderstating/overstating the flaws of an otherwise serious situation 

Nation Breaks Down

Ironyusing words/situations opposite of the intended meaning

Situational, Dramatic, Verbal Irony

Parodymocking the characteristics of the subject

Now, using the definitions and techniques we have discussed in class, dissect/deconstruct these different pieces.  Bearing in mind that explaining a joke is never funny, write an Deductive Response Paragraph answering the prompt: “What makes these comical?”  (BTW: I know that when you discuss something as being funny, it’s never funny)