History Main / BlackComedy

24th Aug '16 7:16:05 AM GlassRain
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* Creator/AntonChekhov wrote comedies so dark a lot of people assume them to be straight tragedies. One of his plays famously opened in two russian theaters at roughly the same time, one billed it as a satirical comedy, the other as a tragedy.

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* Creator/AntonChekhov wrote comedies so dark a lot of people assume them to be straight tragedies. One of his plays famously opened in two russian Russian theaters at roughly the same time, one billed it as a satirical comedy, the other as a tragedy.


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* ''Webcomic/TheNightBelongsToUs'': Ada often makes light of the fact that she's technically already dead. Such as when she narrowly avoided be burnt up by the sun:
-->'''Ada''': HA! HA! HA! ''I'm ALIVE!'' *{{Beat}}* Er, well, more or less.
19th Aug '16 1:45:14 PM CountDorku
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* This is mostly the point of ''TabletopGame/{{Fiasco}}'', inspired as it is by Creator/TheCoenBrothers. Everything up to the characters' inevitable deaths, arrests, and/or visits to a living hell is expected to be played for pitch-dark comedy.
14th Aug '16 5:08:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* When it was released at the height of the Cold War, the ''NuclearWar'' card game was seen as an example of this.

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* When it was released at the height of the Cold War, the ''NuclearWar'' ''TabletopGame/NuclearWar'' card game was seen as an example of this.
13th Aug '16 7:10:23 PM CountDorku
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** Brainstorm is also responsible for a fair bit, given that his hobby is creating impractically sadistic, excessive or otherwise insane weapons solely to annoy the Autobot ethics committee. He's also TheSmartGuy - one of them, at least - on the ship, meaning that we get exchanges like this one, where he discovers that a member of the crew has suffered a horrible fate during a quantum drive malfunction:
-->'''Brainstorm:''' The first rule of interstellar travel—never stand next to a quantum generator when it's about to flout the laws of physics.\\
'''Rodimus:''' So who broke the rule?\\
'''Brainstorm:''' Um... good question. One of the Duobots, I think. Shock? Ore? I can never remember which is which...The blue one. Ore. He's sort of been — what's the scientific term? — ''totally mashed'' into the generator itself.\\
'''Rodimus:''' That sounds — that sounds ''terrible''.\\
'''Brainstorm:''' Oh, in many respects it is. But look on the bright side: at least it'll be easy to tell 'em apart from now on.
10th Aug '16 12:58:31 AM PaulA
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* BillBryson recounts in "The Lost Continent" a joke about the infamous R. Budd Dwyer suicide which took place on live television, created by a few teenagers who saw it on TV to cope with the horror. The joke goes like this:

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* BillBryson Creator/BillBryson recounts in "The Lost Continent" a joke about the infamous R. Budd Dwyer suicide which took place on live television, created by a few teenagers who saw it on TV to cope with the horror. The joke goes like this:
30th Jul '16 10:57:00 PM 0nyx
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Has [[IThoughtItMeant very little to do with]] people such as Creator/JackBlack, nor Creator/BillCosby, Creator/EddieMurphy, Creator/RichardPryor, or Creator/ChrisRock, although they may occasionally engage in it.

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Has [[IThoughtItMeant very little to do with]] people such as Creator/JackBlack, nor Creator/BillCosby, Creator/EddieMurphy, Creator/RichardPryor, or Creator/ChrisRock, although they may occasionally engage in it.
30th Jul '16 9:44:52 AM NarwhalOfDeath
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* Why did Susie fall of the swing? [[spoiler:Because she didn't have any arms.]]
** Knock knock. Who's there? [[spoiler:Not Susie.]]
23rd Jul '16 2:22:48 PM nombretomado
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* Everything BretEastonEllis writes falls under this trope.

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* Everything BretEastonEllis Creator/BretEastonEllis writes falls under this trope.
23rd Jul '16 1:47:21 PM StFan
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* The ''ComicBook/WitchGirls'' comics are big on this. One of the reasons the TabletopGame ''TabletopGame/WitchGirlsAdventures'' is really, really creepy to people who don't get those elements are supposed to be PlayedForLaughs, or don't find it funny.

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* The ''ComicBook/WitchGirls'' ''ComicBook/WitchGirlsTales'' comics are big on this. One of the reasons the TabletopGame ''TabletopGame/WitchGirlsAdventures'' is really, really creepy to people who don't get those elements are supposed to be PlayedForLaughs, or don't find it funny.
23rd Jul '16 6:47:52 AM StFan
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* The whole point of WebAnimation/DumbWaysToDie is to get the audience to laugh at, but be aware of, all the stupid ways you can die around trains.

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* The whole point of WebAnimation/DumbWaysToDie ''WebAnimation/DumbWaysToDie'' is to get the audience to laugh at, but be aware of, all the stupid ways you can die around trains.



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* In ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' Seishiro and Fuuma joke about how they won't be able to enjoy the ice cream from the nice ice cream shop in Shinjuku while watching the Shinjuku area being destroyed.

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* In ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' ''Manga/X1999'' Seishiro and Fuuma joke about how they won't be able to enjoy the ice cream from the nice ice cream shop in Shinjuku while watching the Shinjuku area being destroyed.



* ''Anime/CrayonShinChan'': The Creator/FUNimation dub hints at this in the episode "Brotherhood of the Grovelling Allowance:"
-->(After listening to depressing music) '''Shin''': Will you buy me a shotgun, dad?\\
'''Hiro''': Sorry, I'm broke.

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* ''Anime/CrayonShinChan'': ''Anime/CrayonShinChan'':
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The Creator/FUNimation dub hints at this in the episode "Brotherhood of the Grovelling Allowance:"
-->(After --->'''Shin:''' ''[after listening to depressing music) '''Shin''': music]'' Will you buy me a shotgun, dad?\\
'''Hiro''': '''Hiro:''' Sorry, I'm broke.



* Most anything Tsutomu Mizushima directs, such as YondemasuYoAzazelSan, and BludgeoningAngelDokuroChan.

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* Most anything Tsutomu Mizushima directs, such as YondemasuYoAzazelSan, ''Manga/YondemasuYoAzazelSan'', and BludgeoningAngelDokuroChan.''LightNovel/BludgeoningAngelDokuroChan''.



[[folder:Blog]]
* ''Blog/BeochanPaiseanAgustAifeala'' tends to dip into this territory, mostly in the ''Petite Delight Theatre'' 4Koma series.
* In one blog, Blog/DeadcodersReviews used WhatTheHellHero to call out two characters for murdering their child, but in the next blog, a joke was made about killing a child, meaning that this was both DeadBabyComedy and BrickJoke.

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* ''Blog/BeochanPaiseanAgustAifeala'' tends to dip ''Website/TheOnion'' often has brilliant examples of this sort of humor, consider ''[[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/43212 More Americans Falling For 'Get Rich Slowly Over A Lifetime Of Hard Work' Schemes]]'' and [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/34165 the most depressing Onion article ever,]] [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/i-never-wanted-you-vs-mommy-please-come-home,11560/ or the other most depressing Onion article ever]] [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/kidnapped-boy-found-safe-imagines-kidnapped-boy,2597/ ...or this third, even MORE depressing Onion article]] (all three of which, IMO, [[CrossesTheLineTwice Cross The Line Twice]] and then cross it again and head ''way'' over into this territory, mostly in actually really depressing territory).
** [[http://www.theonion.com/video/scientists-successfully-teach-gorilla-it-will-die,17165/ Scientists Successfully Teach Gorilla It Will Die Someday]].
** It even made a joke about
the ''Petite Delight Theatre'' 4Koma series.Rwandan Genocide... and it was actually funny.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJ-T3i8Ap3U This O-SPAN clip]]. Political satire, meet deeply disturbing morbid humor.
** [[http://www.theonion.com/article/8-year-old-accidentally-exercises-second-amendment-725 This article on gun control.]]
** [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/nations-educators-alarmed-by-poorly-written-teen-s,1007/ This particular gem]] introduces as so: At the group's annual convention Sunday, members of the National Education Association called for the formation of a nationwide coalition of parents, teachers and political leaders to address a rapidly growing problem: the alarmingly low quality of teenage suicide notes across the U.S.
-->Brodhagen then related the story of another tragic suicide note, discovered at the feet of a 15-year-old St. Louis boy who had hanged himself.
-->"The boy's mother opened the door to his room one morning to wake him up for school," Brodhagen said, "and she screamed in horror at what she saw: Dangling, right there in front of her, was a participle."
* The Irish equivalent, Waterford Whispers, has had some very biting headlines, including:
** [[http://waterfordwhispersnews.com/2014/06/03/bodies-of-800-children-were-just-resting-in-mass-grave-claims-catholic-church/ Bodies of 800 Children were "just resting" in Grave, says Catholic Church]]
** [[http://waterfordwhispersnews.com/2015/03/31/hundreds-raped-and-murdered-as-viking-reenactment-goes-horribly-wrong/ Hundreds Raped and Murdered as Viking reenactment goes horribly wrong]].

** [[http://waterfordwhispersnews.com/2016/02/10/poll-which-ira-is-your-favourite-ira/ Poll: Which IRA is your favourite IRA?]]
** [[http://waterfordwhispersnews.com/2016/02/02/latest-dead-migrant-photos-just-dont-have-that-certain-je-ne-sais-quoi/ Latest Dead Migrant Photos Just Don't Have That Certain "Je Ne Sais Quoi"]].
** [[http://waterfordwhispersnews.com/2015/12/22/selfish-elderly-relative-dies-at-christmas/ Selfish Elderly Relative Dies at Christmas]]
** [[http://waterfordwhispersnews.com/2015/01/12/boko-haram-massacre-who-wore-what/ Boko Haram Massacre: Who Wore What?]]
* In one blog, Blog/DeadcodersReviews Often used WhatTheHellHero on ''Series/MockTheWeek'', ''especially'' by Frankie Boyle. On the subject of pets:
-->"I don't know how long I could be a vet before I got bored and started shagging stuff. I'd shag an owl, because whatever position you took it from you could always get eye contact. Or shag a kitten--could you imagine having sex with something you ''wanted''
to call out two characters cuddle afterwards?"
** Frankie Boyle uses this so much, one could argue he subverted it once. The subject was children, and after one comment about how sinister the picture looked, he went on to tell a really sweet story about his own daughter.
** Similarly, when he skewered the host
for a relatively tame joke, everyone remarked on how it must have been odd for him to find himself in the moral high ground. He double subverted it when, a moment later, he made a joke about the Russian that Vladimir Putin had allegedly assassinated through polonium poisoning.
** That pet quote actually merited him his own separate warning before the program started.
** He even lampshades it in a deleted scene (that later appeared in a compilation episode), in which he makes a joke about the recent memorial concert for Princess Diana; after joking that they could have staged a more fitting tribute "by staging a gang-bang in a minefield", he smiles charmingly at the audience's torn-between-shock-and-amusement reaction, goes back to the start position, and innocently notes that "it'll be interesting to see if that makes it in, actually."
** Frankie Boyle's so notorious for this that when one guest made an off-colour joke, it was immediately blamed on the fact that he was sitting in Frankie's regular chair.
** ''Series/FrankieBoylesTramadolNights'' is generally considered by critics to be pushing so far into the realm of tasteless that it forgets to have jokes.
** Some of the other panelists would drop one as well. Hugh Dennis during a Scenes We'd Like to See (the topic was "Things you wouldn't see on a science programme") came up with "A cure for acute depression may be just around the corner and...Ooh, here it comes now. A train."
* The late Creator/GeorgeCarlin was well-known for this.
* Creator/RobinWilliams had a knack for it, too.
* A good chunk of Creator/ChristopherTitus' material is ''extremely'' black comedy, often crossing into GallowsHumor. Most of which centers on living in an extremely dysfunctional family (his father was a hard-drinking, chain-smoking womanizer who married and divorced five times, his mom [Ken's second wife] was a manic-depressive schizophrenic alcoholic, and his relatives on both sides of the family are [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking drug addicts, mental patients, undiagnosed psychos, and a Mormon]]). To give you an idea on how dark Titus's humor is, think about this: his ''5th Annual End of the World Tour'' set includes a bit called "Pedophile Crucifixions"[[note]]in which priests who have molested church-going children finally get what's coming to them by getting nailed to a cross. Titus claims that if this happens, people will go to church more often and churches will have more holy men who actually care about God's creatures[[/note]] and that's not even one of his darker shows (his darkest show is actually ''Love is Evol'', who centers on how his marriage to Erin Carden [referred to as "Kate" for legal reasons] fell apart (including Erin almost
murdering their child, but in the next blog, a joke was made about killing a child, meaning that this was both DeadBabyComedy Titus, goading him to commit suicide, and BrickJoke.claiming abuse in divorce court so she can get all of his money), why seemingly sane people stay in bad relationships, and how Titus found love again with a woman who wasn't a psycho bitch and had a normal, functional family - [[EarnYourHappyEnding Who he married]]).
* Scottish comedian Daft Limmy is very well known for this.



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* A staple of the humor in ''ComicBook/SecretSix''.
** From their appearance in ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'':
--> *Deadshot kills General Kerimov*
--> Hawkgirl: "You killed him."
--> Deadshot: "What, it was self-defense. Guy obviously had a gun."
--> Hawkgirl: "He ''didn't'' have a gun, Deadshot!"
--> Deadshot: "Okay, so it was murder. Who cares?"

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* A staple of the humor in ''ComicBook/SecretSix''.
**
''ComicBook/SecretSix''. From their appearance in ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'':
--> *Deadshot -->''[Deadshot kills General Kerimov*
--> Hawkgirl: "You
Kerimov]''\\
'''Hawkgirl:''' You
killed him."
--> Deadshot: "What,
\\
'''Deadshot:''' What,
it was self-defense. Guy obviously had a gun."
--> Hawkgirl: "He
\\
'''Hawkgirl:''' He
''didn't'' have a gun, Deadshot!"
--> Deadshot: "Okay,
Deadshot!\\
'''Deadshot:''' Okay,
so it was murder. Who cares?"cares?



* ''LenoreTheCuteLittleDeadGirl'' is about an undead ten-year-old girl who frequently and obliviously kills the animals she keeps as pets, among other hilariously gruesome things.

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* ''LenoreTheCuteLittleDeadGirl'' ''ComicBook/LenoreTheCuteLittleDeadGirl'' is about an undead ten-year-old girl who frequently and obliviously kills the animals she keeps as pets, among other hilariously gruesome things.



* The ''WitchGirls'' comics are big on this. One of the reasons the TabletopGame ''WitchGirlsAdventures'' is really, really creepy to people who don't get those elements are supposed to be PlayedForLaughs, or don't find it funny.

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* The ''WitchGirls'' ''ComicBook/WitchGirls'' comics are big on this. One of the reasons the TabletopGame ''WitchGirlsAdventures'' ''TabletopGame/WitchGirlsAdventures'' is really, really creepy to people who don't get those elements are supposed to be PlayedForLaughs, or don't find it funny.



%%* ''TwistedToyfareTheater''.



* ''Comicbook/SinCity'' can get this way with its over-the-top violence. Jack Rafferty's death, for instance, goes on for many pages as he's slowly chopped up by Miho, making empty threats in the process while the [[AntiHero the typically violent Sin City heroes]] gradually become more squeamish. At one point, Jack seems aware of how stupid he must look and shouts "Nobody laugh! This isn't funny!," as he crawls around with Miho's manji shuriken sticking out of his butt.

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* ''Comicbook/SinCity'' ''ComicBook/SinCity'' can get this way with its over-the-top violence. Jack Rafferty's death, for instance, goes on for many pages as he's slowly chopped up by Miho, making empty threats in the process while the [[AntiHero the typically violent Sin City heroes]] gradually become more squeamish. At one point, Jack seems aware of how stupid he must look and shouts "Nobody laugh! This isn't funny!," as he crawls around with Miho's manji shuriken sticking out of his butt.



* ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'': It pops up a few times, but in [[WhamEpisode issue 6]], [[AxCrazy Whirl's]] dialogue dips into this, especially when he and Rung are being held as hostages.
--->'''Fortress Maximus''': Okay, my demands haven't been met, one of you is about to die.
--->'''Whirl''': Ooh Ohh! Pick me!
--->'''Rung''': Okay, calm down, we can talk about this.
--->'''Whirl''': Don't listen to him, he's trying to distract you, pull the trigger!
* IDW's ''[[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic]]'' comic book adaptation has its share of this, especially after issue #2, since unlike [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic the animated show]], it doesn't need to be suitable to children as young as 3.
* Much of the humor of ''ComicBook/PocketGod'' comes from the deadly mishaps that befall the pygmy tribe. Fortunately for them, they can [[DeathIsCheap resurrect themselves]].
** Dying for them happens so often, they made games centered around who stays alive the longest.

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* ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'': ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'': It pops up a few times, but in [[WhamEpisode issue 6]], [[AxCrazy Whirl's]] dialogue dips into this, especially when he and Rung are being held as hostages.
--->'''Fortress Maximus''': -->'''Fortress Maximus:''' Okay, my demands haven't been met, one of you is about to die.
--->'''Whirl''':
die.\\
'''Whirl:'''
Ooh Ohh! Pick me!
--->'''Rung''':
me!\\
'''Rung:'''
Okay, calm down, we can talk about this.
--->'''Whirl''':
this.\\
'''Whirl:'''
Don't listen to him, he's trying to distract you, pull the trigger!
* IDW's ''[[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW My Little Pony: Friendship is Is Magic]]'' comic book adaptation has its share of this, especially after issue #2, since unlike [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic the animated show]], it doesn't need to be suitable to children as young as 3.
* Much of the humor of ''ComicBook/PocketGod'' comes from the deadly mishaps that befall the pygmy tribe. Fortunately for them, they can [[DeathIsCheap resurrect themselves]].
**
themselves]]. Dying for them happens so often, they made games centered around who stays alive the longest.



* ''ComicBook/PierreTombal'': Another Belgian comic strip about a gravedigger in a cemetery who treats his corpses- all living skeletons!- as residents. Many jokes are about death and dying, but always done in an amusing, yet macabre way.

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* ''ComicBook/PierreTombal'': Another Belgian comic strip about a gravedigger in a cemetery who treats his corpses- corpses -- all living skeletons!- skeletons! -- as residents. Many jokes are about death and dying, but always done in an amusing, yet macabre way.



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* Gary Larson's ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' comic strip at least skirted this trope at times. In one of his book-collections, he printed some of the ones that got rejected by his editors because... they stopped skirting and plunged right in.
** In one case, a snake was crawling through a crib, with a huge bulge in its center. Gary Larson commented, "No, you didn't see this. Turn the page." The real joke of the picture was that the snake became so enlarged by the bulk of the freshly consumed infant that it couldn't squeeze through the bars of the crib, and was trapped.
** Another strip that newspapers refused to publish concerned some cowboys who were so hungry they could eat a horse, and did so. (A good example of ValuesDissonance: in several European countries horse meat is openly sold in every butcher's shop.)
* ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' takes delight in excessive Black Comedy with frequent jokes about death, and often killing off one-shot characters for the purpose of a joke.
** Pig convinces a mallard to talk to a quiet duck on the pond that he's attracted to, but it's actually a decoy duck that leads to the mallard getting shot and killed.
** Rat's "children's" stories. One of the milder ones involves an extended family throwing a member overboard because he overscheduled their vacation.
* Finnish newspaper comic B. Virtanen seems to fit the trope.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' is a [[KafkaKomedy death-free black comedy]] -- Charlie Brown's life is pathetic enough to be tragic, and humorous enough to be black comedy.
* In one ''ComicBook/AchilleTalon'' strip, the eponymous hero is demonstrating various classic gags to illustrate different types of humor. Getting to the step-on-the-rake-get-hit-in-the-face gag, he then proceeds to show BlackHumor when he stomps on the rake, impaling his foot.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' uses this trope quite often. One arc features the PointyHairedBoss's dead body getting stuffed by a "Libertarian Taxidermist" and being played with like a hand puppet.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' can engage in this from time to time:
** One strip has Garfield kicking Odie off the table, then dropping a flowerpot on his head as a "get well soon" gift).
** There an arc which implied that Odie and Jon were figments of Garfield imagination, as he slowly starved to death.
* There's a ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' strip where Calvin proposes a class debate on "whether cannibalism is grounds for leniency in murder, since it's less wasteful." No, really. Since it's a kid strip, Calvin ends up sitting in the corner, wondering why the teacher "would rather teach us stuff that any fool can look up in a book."
* ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'':
** Their strip ''Just Below the Surface'' frequently uses it, including an example in which a baby ''turns to dust when testing a super-absorbent diaper''.
** And also ''360 Degrees of Separation'': "Come on sweetie! Open up for the airplane... Open up for the..."
* ''Every single strip'' of the New York Daily News-exclusive comic ''ComicStrip/BetweenTheLines'' is this.
* The Danish newspaper comic ''Homo Metropolis'' by Nikolie Werdelin mainly consists of story arcs about people put in extreme situations and their absurd attempts at coping, such as:
** The suicidal psychiatrist who accidently agrees with her patient:
--->'''Patient:''' And when Death finally comes, he is a friend... I will sail to the other side... There is peace and quiet... no pain ... just... quiet...\\
'''Dr. Kleist:''' That sounds wonderful!\\
'''Patient:''' [[FlatWhat What?]]\\
'''Dr. Kleist:''' Erm, no, I mean, you must remember your ressources, that life is unique and...
** The terminally ill man who dresses up:
--->"Yay! My old tux fits again! ''[beat]'' Yay..."
** Bea, whose son, Jan, owes money to drug dealers:
--->'''Jan:''' There's a guy, Stopja, who says that he wants the money before Christmas, or I'll get whacked.\\
''[beat]''\\
'''Bea:''' I'd really like to have a heart-to-heart with this Stopja person's mother.
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* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'' frequently cracks jokes about racism and off-screen character deaths. Probably the blackest moment comes in "Pinkie's Day In", where Pinkie Pie accidentally kills two babies through incompetent parenting. And it gets lampshaded:
-->'''Mrs. Cake:''' Well, this series took quite a dark turn. \\
'''Pinkie:''' Yeah, even I feel kinda bad making jokes about dead babies.



* ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' and ''[[Literature/AliceInWonderland Through the Looking Glass]]'' are filled with grim jokes about injury and death. For example, this passage from the first chapter of the first book:
--> "Well!" thought Alice to herself. "After such a fall as this, I shall think nothing of tumbling down-stairs! How brave they'll all think me at home! Why, I wouldn't say anything about it, even if I fell off the top of the house!" (Which was very likely true.)
** In ''[[Literature/AliceInWonderland Through the Looking Glass]]'', in fact, many jokes about death are pointed directly at Alice. The most overt one is this exchange between her and Humpty Dumpty, after she tells him her age:
-->'''Humpty:''' An uncomfortable sort of age. Now if you'd asked my advice, I'd have said "Leave off at seven" – but it's too late now.
-->'''Alice:''' I never ask advice about growing.
-->'''Humpty:''' Too proud?
-->'''Alice:''' I mean, that one can’t help growing older.
-->'''Humpty:''' ''One'' can't, perhaps, but ''two'' can. With proper assistance, you might have left off at seven.
** What he means is that Alice should have arranged for her own murder when she turned seven. It is no surprise that she quickly changes the subject there.
* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''.

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* ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' and ''[[Literature/AliceInWonderland Through the Looking Glass]]'' ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'':
** The stories
are filled with grim jokes about injury and death. For example, this passage from the first chapter of the first book:
--> "Well!" --->"Well!" thought Alice to herself. "After such a fall as this, I shall think nothing of tumbling down-stairs! How brave they'll all think me at home! Why, I wouldn't say anything about it, even if I fell off the top of the house!" (Which was very likely true.)
** In ''[[Literature/AliceInWonderland Through ''Through the Looking Glass]]'', Glass'', in fact, many jokes about death are pointed directly at Alice. The most overt one is this exchange between her and Humpty Dumpty, after she tells him her age:
-->'''Humpty:''' --->'''Humpty:''' An uncomfortable sort of age. Now if you'd asked my advice, I'd have said "Leave off at seven" -- but it's too late now.
-->'''Alice:'''
now.\\
'''Alice:'''
I never ask advice about growing.
-->'''Humpty:'''
growing.\\
'''Humpty:'''
Too proud?
-->'''Alice:'''
proud?\\
'''Alice:'''
I mean, that one can’t can't help growing older.
-->'''Humpty:'''
older.\\
'''Humpty:'''
''One'' can't, perhaps, but ''two'' can. With proper assistance, you might have left off at seven.
** What he means is that Alice should have arranged for her own murder when she turned seven. It is no surprise that she quickly changes the subject there.
seven.
* %%* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''.



[[folder: New Media]]
* Although many stories from ''Website/TheOnion'' don't involve this, quite a lot do. Their book ''Our Dumb World'' is a landmark in the history of black comedy literature, as it succeeds in brutally mocking every nation on the planet.
** [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/palestinians-prepare-for-massive-ground-invasion,36495/ Palestinians prepare for massive ground invasion.]] Another article around the same time was titled [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/palestinians-starting-to-have-mixed-feelings-about,36497/ "Palestinians starting to have mixed feelings about being used as human shields."]]
* ''Globe Magazine'' is a tabloid magazine that often [[BlatantLies completely fabricates]] stories about celebrities. Oftentimes, it gets past the line that's accepted as satire, i.e., ''The Onion'', into making unsubstantiated and vicious rumors about celebrities. They [[MoralEventHorizon reached a low even more vicious than usual]] by making their front-page article titled "[[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zq_JZ7HcIq8/UsR2yUdxz1I/AAAAAAAAGUU/50-ZI30xzL8/s1600/Globe-who-will-die-first-edits.jpg Who will die first?]], and [[http://gossiponthis.com/2010/06/09/globe-magazine-releases-gary-coleman-death-photos/ publishing the deathbed photos of Gary Coleman]].
* This very page has shown various Google ads that qualify as this due to the juxtaposition, ranging from a pregnancy calendar to "5 Ways to Help Baby Sleep". "Intelligent keywords" are comedy gold.
* ''WebVideo/SomeJerkWithACamera'':
** Perhaps his darkest joke is in "Thirty Years of Epcot (Part 1)", where he notes that there are no rides in the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Germany, Italy, or Japan pavilions]].
-->'''Jerk''': As a Jewish controller of the media, I hereby demand a Germany ride! (''[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Cut to him boarding a train]].'')
** Earlier in Part 1 he compares the Disney Corporation post-Walt's death as a chicken with its head cut off... complete with footage of a just-beheaded chicken leaping around.
** In his teaser for his ''Captain EO'' review, he mentions the review will premiere on Sept 12 2011. 25 years after the ride opened. "There aren't [[TheWarOnTerror any other big anniversaries around that date]], are there?"
** "ABC Goes To Disney World" parodies {{Laugh Track}}s by portraying them as mindless audiences who laugh at anything... even [[Disney/TheLionKing Simba finding Mufasa dead]].

to:

[[folder: New Media]]
[[folder:Pinballs]]
* Although many stories from ''Website/TheOnion'' don't involve True to its source, the ''Pinball/JudgeDredd'' pinball is full of this, quite a lot do. Their book ''Our Dumb World'' is a landmark in the history of black comedy literature, as it succeeds in brutally mocking every nation on the planet.
** [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/palestinians-prepare-for-massive-ground-invasion,36495/ Palestinians prepare for massive ground invasion.]] Another article around the same time was titled [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/palestinians-starting-to-have-mixed-feelings-about,36497/ "Palestinians starting to have mixed feelings about being used as human shields."]]
* ''Globe Magazine'' is a tabloid magazine that often [[BlatantLies completely fabricates]] stories about celebrities. Oftentimes, it gets past the line that's accepted as satire, i.e., ''The Onion'',
whether it's perps exploding into making unsubstantiated and vicious rumors about celebrities. They [[MoralEventHorizon reached LudicrousGibs or civilians locked up for excessive flatulence.
* The SkillShot of ''Pinball/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'' has
a low even more vicious than usual]] by making their front-page article titled "[[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zq_JZ7HcIq8/UsR2yUdxz1I/AAAAAAAAGUU/50-ZI30xzL8/s1600/Globe-who-will-die-first-edits.jpg Who will die first?]], and [[http://gossiponthis.com/2010/06/09/globe-magazine-releases-gary-coleman-death-photos/ publishing T-Rex squishing people. Not bad on its own, but the deathbed photos of Gary Coleman]].
* This very page has shown various Google ads that qualify as this due to
less common "Super Skill Shot" includes ''old ladies'' among the juxtaposition, ranging from a pregnancy calendar to "5 Ways to Help Baby Sleep". "Intelligent keywords" are comedy gold.
targets. Ouch.
* ''WebVideo/SomeJerkWithACamera'':
** Perhaps his darkest joke is in "Thirty Years of Epcot (Part 1)", where he notes that there are no rides in the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Germany, Italy, or Japan pavilions]].
-->'''Jerk''': As a Jewish controller
All of the media, I hereby demand a Germany ride! (''[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Cut to him boarding a train]].'')
** Earlier
humor in Part 1 he compares Creator/DataEastPinball's ''Pinball/TalesFromTheCrypt'' is this, as per the Disney Corporation post-Walt's death as a chicken with its head cut off... complete with footage of a just-beheaded chicken leaping around.
** In his teaser for his ''Captain EO'' review, he mentions the review will premiere on Sept 12 2011. 25 years after the ride opened. "There aren't [[TheWarOnTerror any other big anniversaries around that date]], are there?"
** "ABC Goes To Disney World" parodies {{Laugh Track}}s by portraying them as mindless audiences who laugh at anything... even [[Disney/TheLionKing Simba finding Mufasa dead]].
license.



[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Gary Larson's ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' comic strip at least skirted this trope at times. In one of his book-collections, he printed some of the ones that got rejected by his editors because... they stopped skirting and plunged right in.
** In one case, a snake was crawling through a crib, with a huge bulge in its center. Gary Larson commented, "No, you didn't see this. Turn the page." The real joke of the picture was that the snake became so enlarged by the bulk of the freshly consumed infant that it couldn't squeeze through the bars of the crib, and was trapped.
** Another strip that newspapers refused to publish concerned some cowboys who were so hungry they could eat a horse, and did so. (A good example of ValuesDissonance: in several European countries horse meat is openly sold in every butcher's shop.)
* ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' takes delight in excessive Black Comedy with frequent jokes about death, and often killing off one-shot characters for the purpose of a joke.
** Pig convinces a mallard to talk to a quiet duck on the pond that he's attracted to, but it's actually a decoy duck that leads to the mallard getting shot and killed.
** Rat's "children's" stories. One of the milder ones involves an extended family throwing a member overboard because he overscheduled their vacation.
* Finnish newspaper comic B. Virtanen seems to fit the trope.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' is a [[KafkaKomedy death-free black comedy]] -- Charlie Brown's life is pathetic enough to be tragic, and humorous enough to be black comedy.
* In one ''ComicBook/AchilleTalon'' strip, the eponymous hero is demonstrating various classic gags to illustrate different types of humor. Getting to the step-on-the-rake-get-hit-in-the-face gag, he then proceeds to show BlackHumor when he stomps on the rake, impaling his foot.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' uses this trope quite often. One arc features the PointyHairedBoss's dead body getting stuffed by a "Libertarian Taxidermist" and being played with like a hand puppet.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' can engage in this from time to time:
** One strip has Garfield kicking Odie off the table, then dropping a flowerpot on his head as a "get well soon" gift).
** There an arc which implied that Odie and Jon were figments of Garfield imagination, as he slowly starved to death.
* There's a ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' strip where Calvin proposes a class debate on "whether cannibalism is grounds for leniency in murder, since it's less wasteful." No, really. Since it's a kid strip, Calvin ends up sitting in the corner, wondering why the teacher "would rather teach us stuff that any fool can look up in a book."
* ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'':
** Their strip ''Just Below the Surface'' frequently uses it, including an example in which a baby ''turns to dust when testing a super-absorbent diaper''.
** And also ''360 Degrees of Separation'': "Come on sweetie! Open up for the airplane... Open up for the..."
* ''Every single strip'' of the New York Daily News-exclusive comic ''ComicStrip/BetweenTheLines'' is this.
* The Danish newspaper comic ''Homo Metropolis'' by Nikolie Werdelin mainly consists of story arcs about people put in extreme situations and their absurd attempts at coping, such as:
** The suicidal psychiatrist who accidently agrees with her patient:
---> '''Patient''': And when Death finally comes, he is a friend ... I will sail to the other side ... There is peace and quiet ... no pain ... just...quiet...
---> '''Dr. Kleist''': That sounds wonderful!
---> '''Patient''': [[FlatWhat What?]]
---> '''Dr. Kleist''': Erm, no, I mean, you must remember your ressources, that life is unique and ...
** The terminally ill man who dresses up:
---> Yay! My old tux fits again! (beat) Yay ...
** Bea, whose son, Jan, owes money to drugdealers:
---> '''Jan''': There's a guy, Stopja, who says that he wants the money before Christmas, or I'll get whacked.
---> (beat)
---> '''Bea''': I'd really like to have a heart-to-heart with this Stopja person's mother.


to:

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Gary Larson's ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' comic strip at least skirted this trope at times. In one of Not long after Wrestling/ChrisBenoit had strangled his book-collections, he printed some of the ones that got rejected by his editors because... they stopped skirting wife and plunged right in.
** In one case,
son to death, then hanged himself, a snake was crawling through a crib, with a huge bulge in its center. Gary Larson commented, "No, you didn't see this. Turn the page." The real joke of the picture was that of him crying (taken from the snake became so enlarged by Wrestling/EddieGuerrero tribute episode of RAW) made its way around the bulk of Internet, with the freshly consumed infant that it couldn't squeeze through the bars of the crib, and was trapped.
** Another strip that newspapers refused to publish concerned some cowboys who
questionable caption "They were so hungry they could eat a horse, and did so. (A good example of ValuesDissonance: in several European countries horse meat is openly sold in every butcher's shop.)
* ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' takes delight in excessive Black Comedy with frequent jokes about death, and often killing off one-shot characters for the purpose of a joke.
** Pig convinces a mallard
supposed to talk to a quiet duck on the pond that he's attracted to, but it's actually a decoy duck that leads to the mallard getting shot and killed.
** Rat's "children's" stories. One of the milder ones involves an extended family throwing a member overboard because he overscheduled their vacation.
* Finnish newspaper comic B. Virtanen seems to fit the trope.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' is a [[KafkaKomedy death-free black comedy]] -- Charlie Brown's life is pathetic enough to be tragic, and humorous enough to be black comedy.
* In one ''ComicBook/AchilleTalon'' strip, the eponymous hero is demonstrating various classic gags to illustrate different types of humor. Getting to the step-on-the-rake-get-hit-in-the-face gag, he then proceeds to show BlackHumor when he stomps on the rake, impaling his foot.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' uses this trope quite often. One arc features the PointyHairedBoss's dead body getting stuffed by a "Libertarian Taxidermist" and being played with like a hand puppet.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''
tap out!" You can engage in this from time to time:
** One strip has Garfield kicking Odie off the table, then dropping a flowerpot on his head as a "get well soon" gift).
** There an arc which implied that Odie and Jon were figments of Garfield imagination, as he slowly starved to death.
* There's a ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' strip where Calvin proposes a class debate on "whether cannibalism is grounds for leniency in murder, since it's less wasteful." No, really. Since it's a kid strip, Calvin ends up sitting in the corner, wondering why the teacher "would rather teach us stuff that any fool can look up in a book."
* ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'':
** Their strip ''Just Below the Surface'' frequently uses it, including an example in which a baby ''turns to dust when testing a super-absorbent diaper''.
** And also ''360 Degrees of Separation'': "Come on sweetie! Open up for the airplane... Open up for the..."
* ''Every single strip'' of the New York Daily News-exclusive comic ''ComicStrip/BetweenTheLines'' is this.
* The Danish newspaper comic ''Homo Metropolis'' by Nikolie Werdelin mainly consists of story arcs about people put in extreme situations and their absurd attempts at coping, such as:
** The suicidal psychiatrist who accidently agrees with her patient:
---> '''Patient''': And when Death finally comes, he is a friend ... I will sail to the other side ... There is peace and quiet ... no pain ... just...quiet...
---> '''Dr. Kleist''': That sounds wonderful!
---> '''Patient''': [[FlatWhat What?]]
---> '''Dr. Kleist''': Erm, no, I mean, you must remember your ressources, that life is unique and ...
** The terminally ill man who dresses up:
---> Yay! My old tux fits again! (beat) Yay ...
** Bea, whose son, Jan, owes money to drugdealers:
---> '''Jan''': There's a guy, Stopja, who says that he wants the money before Christmas, or I'll get whacked.
---> (beat)
---> '''Bea''': I'd really like to have a heart-to-heart with this Stopja person's mother.

see it [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_WCrIotSdkFA/Sbq3y3obmVI/AAAAAAAABXw/McbmIWOxUVs/s400/benoit+supposed+to+tap+out.jpg here]].



[[folder:Pinball]]
* True to its source, the ''Pinball/JudgeDredd'' pinball is full of this, whether it's perps exploding into LudicrousGibs or civilians locked up for excessive flatulence.
* The SkillShot of ''Pinball/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'' has a T-Rex squishing people. Not bad on its own, but the less common "Super Skill Shot" includes ''old ladies'' among the targets. Ouch.
* All of the humor in Creator/DataEastPinball's ''Pinball/TalesFromTheCrypt'' is this, as per the license.

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[[folder:Pinball]]
[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* True to its source, ''Series/FurTV'' is the ''Pinball/JudgeDredd'' pinball is full king of this, whether it's perps exploding into LudicrousGibs this category, yes, along with shows like ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' or civilians locked up for excessive flatulence.
* The SkillShot of ''Pinball/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'' has a T-Rex squishing people. Not bad on its own,
''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', but a puppet version. Sometimes reaching disturbing levels.
* On
the less common "Super Skill Shot" includes ''old ladies'' among 11/14/10 episode of ''WebVideo/TheFundayPawpetShow'' everyone was watching a reporter show footage of an angry man in a Rascal scooter ram an elevator door three times, the targets. Ouch.
* All of
third time disappearing down the humor in Creator/DataEastPinball's ''Pinball/TalesFromTheCrypt'' is this, as per shaft to his real-life death. As the license.reporter showed the footage again, out of nowhere cast member Blitz said "Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!" completely catching everyone off guard.
* ''Series/TheFerals'': Even overlooking the levels of violence and cruelty, which is not easy, the rabbit character is named Mixy...after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myxomatosis myxomatosis]].
* ''Series/SesameStreet'', of all things, engages in a bit of black comedy with the ''Series/GameOfThrones'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhWUFXvaZjo parody]].



[[folder: Podcasts]]
* Podcast/TheScathingAtheist gets into this a lot, but this comes about when discussing religious harms, such as religious groups stoning women, or when the hosts bring up the orthodox Jewish practice of metzitzah b'peh, where mohels will circumcise children and then suck the penis to remove blood, often leading to the spread of STDs among infants.
** One time they brought on the Cognitive Dissonance podcast to make jokes about the recent Planned Parenthood controversy, and came up with a list of ideas for "Ideas for the after-market retailer".
->'''Heath''': Here's the problem with early term abortions, the fetuses just don't have enough skin yet. You can stretch it out, I guess, but that's good enough for only one lampshade.
* The entirety of the humor found in ''Podcast/KakosIndustries'' is derived from pain, humiliation, and extreme vulgarity. This is a show about an EvilInc, after all.

to:

[[folder: Podcasts]]
[[folder:Radio]]
* Podcast/TheScathingAtheist gets into this a lot, but this comes about when discussing religious harms, such as religious groups stoning women, or when AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho has its moments, particularly in the hosts bring up the orthodox Jewish practice of metzitzah b'peh, where mohels will circumcise children and then suck the penis to remove blood, often leading to the spread of STDs among infants.
** One time they brought on the Cognitive Dissonance podcast to make jokes about the recent Planned Parenthood controversy, and came up with a list of ideas for "Ideas for the after-market retailer".
->'''Heath''': Here's the problem with early term abortions, the fetuses just don't have enough skin yet. You can stretch it out, I guess, but that's good enough for only one lampshade.
*
episode [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWhoNEDAS2E2MaxWarp "Max Warp"]]. The entirety of the humor found in ''Podcast/KakosIndustries'' is derived from pain, humiliation, and extreme vulgarity. This entire episode is a show about an EvilInc, after all. gleeful TakeThat to ''Series/TopGear''. The Richard Hammond character appears to die violently in a space ship crash. In RealLife, Hammond was in a serious car crash two years before the episode aired.



[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* Not long after Wrestling/ChrisBenoit had strangled his wife and son to death, then hanged himself, a picture of him crying (taken from the Wrestling/EddieGuerrero tribute episode of RAW) made its way around the Internet, with the questionable caption "They were supposed to tap out!" You can see it [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_WCrIotSdkFA/Sbq3y3obmVI/AAAAAAAABXw/McbmIWOxUVs/s400/benoit+supposed+to+tap+out.jpg here]].

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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
*'' TabletopGame/{{Mortasheen}}'' practically ''runs'' on this.
* Not long after Wrestling/ChrisBenoit had strangled his wife When it was released at the height of the Cold War, the ''NuclearWar'' card game was seen as an example of this.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', particularly the Straight
and son Classic play styles (the Zap style is too busy committing more cartoonish violence).
* The orcs and goblins in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy''. These are creatures that live for killing things - goblins even commit suicide just
to death, then hanged himself, a picture of him crying (taken from kill enemies. These are the Wrestling/EddieGuerrero tribute episode of RAW) made most humorous in the setting. And [[XtremeKoolLetterz da Orkz]] in its way around the Internet, sci-fi counterpart ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. These are creatures who can get anything to work by simply [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve believing it will work]], and with the questionable caption "They were supposed Grots, the local flavour of the goblins, being the ultimate kind of ButtMonkey to tap out!" You can see the Orks in the setting - and not caring. Where any other army is based on a major civilization or a well-known historical army, the Orks are based on British [[FootBallHooligans soccer hooligans]], clearly cementing them as comic relief. The ''40K'' setting is so dark, grim, and cynical that it [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_WCrIotSdkFA/Sbq3y3obmVI/AAAAAAAABXw/McbmIWOxUVs/s400/benoit+supposed+to+tap+out.jpg here]].is almost taken to levels of self-parody, something many fanfiction writers embrace to a strong degree, and even some official book series, such as ''ComicBook/DeffSkwadron'' and the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' ('''[[FakeUltimateHero HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!]]''') series.
* ''TabletopGame/InNomine'' has Kobal, Demon Prince of Dark Humor, and his servitors, who work to turn existence into black comedy.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'', full stop. The dark humor in the setting is a huge deconstruction of the typical ''D&D'' heroic fantasy.
* Rule of thumb in ''TabletopGame/CardsAgainstHumanity'': If you aren't putting together horrible jokes with your cards, you're doing it wrong. Possible question/answer combinations include "I got 99 problems, but ''being on fire'' ain't one" or "Why do I hurt all over? ''Scalping''".



[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/FurTV'' is the king of this category, yes, along with shows like ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' or ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', but a puppet version. Sometimes reaching disturbing levels.
* On the 11/14/10 episode of ''TheFundayPawpetShow'' everyone was watching a reporter show footage of an angry man in a Rascal scooter ram an elevator door three times, the third time disappearing down the shaft to his real-life death. As the reporter showed the footage again, out of nowhere cast member Blitz said "Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!" completely catching everyone off guard.
* ''Series/TheFerals'': Even overlooking the levels of violence and cruelty, which is not easy, the rabbit character is named Mixy...after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myxomatosis myxomatosis]].
* ''Series/SesameStreet'', of all things, engages in a bit of black comedy with the ''Series/GameOfThrones'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhWUFXvaZjo parody]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Radio]]
* AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho has its moments, particularly in the episode [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWhoNEDAS2E2MaxWarp "Max Warp"]]. The entire episode is a gleeful TakeThat to ''Series/TopGear''. The Richard Hammond character appears to die violently in a space ship crash. In RealLife, Hammond was in a serious car crash two years before the episode aired.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* {{Mortasheen}} practically ''runs'' on this.
* When it was released at the height of the Cold War, the ''NuclearWar'' card game was seen as an example of this.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', particularly the Straight and Classic play styles (the Zap style is too busy committing more cartoonish violence).
* The orcs and goblins in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy''. These are creatures that live for killing things - goblins even commit suicide just to kill enemies. These are the most humorous in the setting. And [[XtremeKoolLetterz da Orkz]] in its sci-fi counterpart ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. These are creatures who can get anything to work by simply [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve believing it will work]], and with the Grots, the local flavour of the goblins, being the ultimate kind of ButtMonkey to the Orks in the setting - and not caring. Where any other army is based on a major civilization or a well-known historical army, the Orks are based on British [[FootBallHooligans soccer hooligans]], clearly cementing them as comic relief. The ''40K'' setting is so dark, grim, and cynical that it is almost taken to levels of self-parody, something many fanfiction writers embrace to a strong degree, and even some official book series, such as ''ComicBook/DeffSkwadron'' and the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' ('''[[FakeUltimateHero HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!]]''') series.
* ''TabletopGame/InNomine'' has Kobal, Demon Prince of Dark Humor, and his servitors, who work to turn existence into black comedy.
* ''PlaneScape'', full stop. The dark humor in the setting is a huge deconstruction of the typical D&D heroic fantasy.
* Rule of thumb in ''TabletopGame/CardsAgainstHumanity'': If you aren't putting together horrible jokes with your cards, you're doing it wrong. Possible question/answer combinations include "I got 99 problems, but ''being on fire'' ain't one" or "Why do I hurt all over? ''Scalping''".
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Theatre]]
* Tom Stoppard's play ''RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead'' is a hilarious take on the events of Hamlet as seen from the point of view of two minor characters. Who, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as you may have guessed]], die. [[MindScrew And/or are dead.]]

to:

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/FurTV'' is the king of this category, yes, along with shows like ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' or ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', but a puppet version. Sometimes reaching disturbing levels.
* On the 11/14/10 episode of ''TheFundayPawpetShow'' everyone was watching a reporter show footage of an angry man in a Rascal scooter ram an elevator door three times, the third time disappearing down the shaft to his real-life death. As the reporter showed the footage again, out of nowhere cast member Blitz said "Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!" completely catching everyone off guard.
* ''Series/TheFerals'': Even overlooking the levels of violence and cruelty, which is not easy, the rabbit character is named Mixy...after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myxomatosis myxomatosis]].
* ''Series/SesameStreet'', of all things, engages in a bit of black comedy with the ''Series/GameOfThrones'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhWUFXvaZjo parody]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Radio]]
* AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho has its moments, particularly in the episode [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWhoNEDAS2E2MaxWarp "Max Warp"]]. The entire episode is a gleeful TakeThat to ''Series/TopGear''. The Richard Hammond character appears to die violently in a space ship crash. In RealLife, Hammond was in a serious car crash two years before the episode aired.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* {{Mortasheen}} practically ''runs'' on this.
* When it was released at the height of the Cold War, the ''NuclearWar'' card game was seen as an example of this.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', particularly the Straight and Classic play styles (the Zap style is too busy committing more cartoonish violence).
* The orcs and goblins in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy''. These are creatures that live for killing things - goblins even commit suicide just to kill enemies. These are the most humorous in the setting. And [[XtremeKoolLetterz da Orkz]] in its sci-fi counterpart ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. These are creatures who can get anything to work by simply [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve believing it will work]], and with the Grots, the local flavour of the goblins, being the ultimate kind of ButtMonkey to the Orks in the setting - and not caring. Where any other army is based on a major civilization or a well-known historical army, the Orks are based on British [[FootBallHooligans soccer hooligans]], clearly cementing them as comic relief. The ''40K'' setting is so dark, grim, and cynical that it is almost taken to levels of self-parody, something many fanfiction writers embrace to a strong degree, and even some official book series, such as ''ComicBook/DeffSkwadron'' and the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' ('''[[FakeUltimateHero HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!]]''') series.
* ''TabletopGame/InNomine'' has Kobal, Demon Prince of Dark Humor, and his servitors, who work to turn existence into black comedy.
* ''PlaneScape'', full stop. The dark humor in the setting is a huge deconstruction of the typical D&D heroic fantasy.
* Rule of thumb in ''TabletopGame/CardsAgainstHumanity'': If you aren't putting together horrible jokes with your cards, you're doing it wrong. Possible question/answer combinations include "I got 99 problems, but ''being on fire'' ain't one" or "Why do I hurt all over? ''Scalping''".
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Theatre]]
[[folder:Theater]]
* Tom Stoppard's play ''RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead'' ''Theatre/RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead'' is a hilarious take on the events of Hamlet as seen from the point of view of two minor characters. Who, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as you may have guessed]], die. [[MindScrew And/or are dead.]]



-->'''King Claudius:''' Now Hamlet, where's Polonius?
-->'''Hamlet:''' At supper.
-->'''King Claudius:''' At supper! Where?
-->'''Hamlet:''' Not where he eats, but where he is eaten: a certain convocation of politic worms are e'en at him.

to:

-->'''King Claudius:''' Now Hamlet, where's Polonius?
-->'''Hamlet:'''
Polonius?\\
'''Hamlet:'''
At supper.
-->'''King
supper.\\
'''King
Claudius:''' At supper! Where?
-->'''Hamlet:'''
Where?\\
'''Hamlet:'''
Not where he eats, but where he is eaten: a certain convocation of politic worms are e'en at him.



--> '''First Musician:''' What a pestilent knave is this same!
--> '''Second Musician:''' Hang him, Jack!

to:

--> '''First -->'''First Musician:''' What a pestilent knave is this same!
-->
same!\\
'''Second Musician:''' Hang him, Jack!



[[folder: Theme Parks ]]

to:

[[folder: Theme Parks ]][[folder:Theme Parks]]



[[folder: TV Tropes Wiki ]]
* The page [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/memorial.JPG image]] of {{Irony}} can become funny because of this.
* The [[NightmareFuel/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull nightmare fuel page]] for Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull has the page image called "Bad Picnic".
[[/folder]]



---> ''Blackquill'': I shall tie your lips together, lest you further embarrass yourself.
---> ''Athena'': Now isn't the time for black comedy...

to:

---> ''Blackquill'': --->'''Blackquill:''' I shall tie your lips together, lest you further embarrass yourself.
---> ''Athena'':
yourself.\\
'''Athena:'''
Now isn't the time for black comedy...



* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'' frequently cracks jokes about racism and off-screen character deaths. Probably the blackest moment comes in "Pinkie's Day In", where Pinkie Pie accidentally kills two babies through incompetent parenting. And it gets lampshaded:
-->'''Mrs. Cake:''' Well, this series took quite a dark turn. \\
'''Pinkie:''' Yeah, even I feel kinda bad making jokes about dead babies.
* ''WebVideo/TomorrowsNobodies'' regularly plays violence, death, and child abuse for laughs.

to:

* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'' frequently cracks jokes about racism and off-screen character deaths. Probably the blackest moment comes in "Pinkie's Day In", where Pinkie Pie accidentally kills two babies through incompetent parenting. And it gets lampshaded:
-->'''Mrs. Cake:''' Well, this series took quite a dark turn. \\
'''Pinkie:''' Yeah, even I feel kinda bad making jokes about dead babies.
* ''WebVideo/TomorrowsNobodies''
''WebAnimation/TomorrowsNobodies'' regularly plays violence, death, and child abuse for laughs.



** The ''WebAnimation/PokemonRusty'' spin-off also features this. Rusty tries to teach a Zubat Surf and rides on top of it, shoves multiple Bidoofs into one Pokeball, and washes a Grimer down the drain. And that's not even ''half'' of all the horrid things Rusty has done at the hands of his complete and utter stupidity.

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** * The ''WebAnimation/PokemonRusty'' spin-off also features this. Rusty tries to teach a Zubat Surf and rides on top of it, shoves multiple Bidoofs into one Pokeball, and washes a Grimer down the drain. And that's not even ''half'' of all the horrid things Rusty has done at the hands of his complete and utter stupidity.



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* Harrison Callifrax's [[WebVideo/AStudyInFear A Study In Fear]] is most definitely this, central around themes of fear and death for the majority of the humour. Example being the [[KillerBunny overly vicious white kitten]] that eats human flesh.

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* Wiki/TVTropes:
** The page [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/memorial.JPG image]] of {{Irony}} can become funny because of this.
** The [[NightmareFuel/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull nightmare fuel page]] for Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull has the page image called "Bad Picnic".
* Although many stories from ''Website/TheOnion'' don't involve this, quite a lot do. Their book ''Our Dumb World'' is a landmark in the history of black comedy literature, as it succeeds in brutally mocking every nation on the planet.
** [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/palestinians-prepare-for-massive-ground-invasion,36495/ Palestinians prepare for massive ground invasion.]] Another article around the same time was titled [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/palestinians-starting-to-have-mixed-feelings-about,36497/ "Palestinians starting to have mixed feelings about being used as human shields."]]
* ''Globe Magazine'' is a tabloid magazine that often [[BlatantLies completely fabricates]] stories about celebrities. Oftentimes, it gets past the line that's accepted as satire, i.e., ''The Onion'', into making unsubstantiated and vicious rumors about celebrities. They [[MoralEventHorizon reached a low even more vicious than usual]] by making their front-page article titled "[[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zq_JZ7HcIq8/UsR2yUdxz1I/AAAAAAAAGUU/50-ZI30xzL8/s1600/Globe-who-will-die-first-edits.jpg Who will die first?]], and [[http://gossiponthis.com/2010/06/09/globe-magazine-releases-gary-coleman-death-photos/ publishing the deathbed photos of Gary Coleman]].
* This very page has shown various Google ads that qualify as this due to the juxtaposition, ranging from a pregnancy calendar to "5 Ways to Help Baby Sleep". "Intelligent keywords" are comedy gold.
* ''WebVideo/SomeJerkWithACamera'':
** Perhaps his darkest joke is in "Thirty Years of Epcot (Part 1)", where he notes that there are no rides in the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Germany, Italy, or Japan pavilions]].
-->'''Jerk''': As a Jewish controller of the media, I hereby demand a Germany ride! (''[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Cut to him boarding a train]].'')
** Earlier in Part 1 he compares the Disney Corporation post-Walt's death as a chicken with its head cut off... complete with footage of a just-beheaded chicken leaping around.
** In his teaser for his ''Captain EO'' review, he mentions the review will premiere on Sept 12 2011. 25 years after the ride opened. "There aren't [[TheWarOnTerror any other big anniversaries around that date]], are there?"
** "ABC Goes To Disney World" parodies {{Laugh Track}}s by portraying them as mindless audiences who laugh at anything... even [[Disney/TheLionKing Simba finding Mufasa dead]].
* ''Blog/BeochanPaiseanAgustAifeala'' tends to dip into this territory, mostly in the ''Petite Delight Theatre'' 4Koma series.
* In one blog, Blog/DeadcodersReviews used WhatTheHellHero to call out two characters for murdering their child, but in the next blog, a joke was made about killing a child, meaning that this was both DeadBabyComedy and BrickJoke.
* Harrison Callifrax's [[WebVideo/AStudyInFear A Study In Fear]] ''WebVideo/AStudyInFear'' is most definitely this, central around themes of fear and death for the majority of the humour. Example being the [[KillerBunny overly vicious white kitten]] that eats human flesh.



* Podcast/TheScathingAtheist gets into this a lot, but this comes about when discussing religious harms, such as religious groups stoning women, or when the hosts bring up the orthodox Jewish practice of metzitzah b'peh, where mohels will circumcise children and then suck the penis to remove blood, often leading to the spread of STDs among infants.
** One time they brought on the Cognitive Dissonance podcast to make jokes about the recent Planned Parenthood controversy, and came up with a list of ideas for "Ideas for the after-market retailer".
->'''Heath''': Here's the problem with early term abortions, the fetuses just don't have enough skin yet. You can stretch it out, I guess, but that's good enough for only one lampshade.
* The entirety of the humor found in ''Podcast/KakosIndustries'' is derived from pain, humiliation, and extreme vulgarity. This is a show about an EvilInc, after all.



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* ''Website/TheOnion'' often has brilliant examples of this sort of humor, consider ''[[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/43212 More Americans Falling For 'Get Rich Slowly Over A Lifetime Of Hard Work' Schemes]]'' and [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/34165 the most depressing Onion article ever,]] [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/i-never-wanted-you-vs-mommy-please-come-home,11560/ or the other most depressing Onion article ever]] [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/kidnapped-boy-found-safe-imagines-kidnapped-boy,2597/ ...or this third, even MORE depressing Onion article]] (all three of which, IMO, [[CrossesTheLineTwice Cross The Line Twice]] and then cross it again and head ''way'' over into actually really depressing territory).
** [[http://www.theonion.com/video/scientists-successfully-teach-gorilla-it-will-die,17165/ Scientists Successfully Teach Gorilla It Will Die Someday]].
** It even made a joke about the Rwandan Genocide... and it was actually funny.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJ-T3i8Ap3U This O-SPAN clip]]. Political satire, meet deeply disturbing morbid humor.
** [[http://www.theonion.com/article/8-year-old-accidentally-exercises-second-amendment-725 This article on gun control.]]
** [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/nations-educators-alarmed-by-poorly-written-teen-s,1007/ This particular gem]] introduces as so: At the group's annual convention Sunday, members of the National Education Association called for the formation of a nationwide coalition of parents, teachers and political leaders to address a rapidly growing problem: the alarmingly low quality of teenage suicide notes across the U.S.
-->Brodhagen then related the story of another tragic suicide note, discovered at the feet of a 15-year-old St. Louis boy who had hanged himself.
-->"The boy's mother opened the door to his room one morning to wake him up for school," Brodhagen said, "and she screamed in horror at what she saw: Dangling, right there in front of her, was a participle."
* The Irish equivalent, Waterford Whispers, has had some very biting headlines, including:
** [[http://waterfordwhispersnews.com/2014/06/03/bodies-of-800-children-were-just-resting-in-mass-grave-claims-catholic-church/ Bodies of 800 Children were "just resting" in Grave, says Catholic Church]]
** [[http://waterfordwhispersnews.com/2015/03/31/hundreds-raped-and-murdered-as-viking-reenactment-goes-horribly-wrong/ Hundreds Raped and Murdered as Viking reenactment goes horribly wrong]].
** [[http://waterfordwhispersnews.com/2016/02/10/poll-which-ira-is-your-favourite-ira/ Poll: Which IRA is your favourite IRA?]]
** [[http://waterfordwhispersnews.com/2016/02/02/latest-dead-migrant-photos-just-dont-have-that-certain-je-ne-sais-quoi/ Latest Dead Migrant Photos Just Don't Have That Certain "Je Ne Sais Quoi"]].
** [[http://waterfordwhispersnews.com/2015/12/22/selfish-elderly-relative-dies-at-christmas/ Selfish Elderly Relative Dies at Christmas]]
** [[http://waterfordwhispersnews.com/2015/01/12/boko-haram-massacre-who-wore-what/ Boko Haram Massacre: Who Wore What?]]
* Often used on ''Series/MockTheWeek'', ''especially'' by Frankie Boyle. On the subject of pets:
-->"I don't know how long I could be a vet before I got bored and started shagging stuff. I'd shag an owl, because whatever position you took it from you could always get eye contact. Or shag a kitten--could you imagine having sex with something you ''wanted'' to cuddle afterwards?"
** Frankie Boyle uses this so much, one could argue he subverted it once. The subject was children, and after one comment about how sinister the picture looked, he went on to tell a really sweet story about his own daughter.
** Similarly, when he skewered the host for a relatively tame joke, everyone remarked on how it must have been odd for him to find himself in the moral high ground. He double subverted it when, a moment later, he made a joke about the Russian that Vladimir Putin had allegedly assassinated through polonium poisoning.
** That pet quote actually merited him his own separate warning before the program started.
** He even lampshades it in a deleted scene (that later appeared in a compilation episode), in which he makes a joke about the recent memorial concert for Princess Diana; after joking that they could have staged a more fitting tribute "by staging a gang-bang in a minefield", he smiles charmingly at the audience's torn-between-shock-and-amusement reaction, goes back to the start position, and innocently notes that "it'll be interesting to see if that makes it in, actually."
** Frankie Boyle's so notorious for this that when one guest made an off-colour joke, it was immediately blamed on the fact that he was sitting in Frankie's regular chair.
** ''Series/FrankieBoylesTramadolNights'' is generally considered by critics to be pushing so far into the realm of tasteless that it forgets to have jokes.
** Some of the other panelists would drop one as well. Hugh Dennis during a Scenes We'd Like to See (the topic was "Things you wouldn't see on a science programme") came up with "A cure for acute depression may be just around the corner and...Ooh, here it comes now. A train."
* The late Creator/GeorgeCarlin was well-known for this.
* Creator/RobinWilliams had a knack for it, too.
* A good chunk of Creator/ChristopherTitus' material is ''extremely'' black comedy, often crossing into GallowsHumor. Most of which centers on living in an extremely dysfunctional family (his father was a hard-drinking, chain-smoking womanizer who married and divorced five times, his mom [Ken's second wife] was a manic-depressive schizophrenic alcoholic, and his relatives on both sides of the family are [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking drug addicts, mental patients, undiagnosed psychos, and a Mormon]]). To give you an idea on how dark Titus's humor is, think about this: his ''5th Annual End of the World Tour'' set includes a bit called "Pedophile Crucifixions"[[note]]in which priests who have molested church-going children finally get what's coming to them by getting nailed to a cross. Titus claims that if this happens, people will go to church more often and churches will have more holy men who actually care about God's creatures[[/note]] and that's not even one of his darker shows (his darkest show is actually ''Love is Evol'', who centers on how his marriage to Erin Carden [referred to as "Kate" for legal reasons] fell apart (including Erin almost murdering Titus, goading him to commit suicide, and claiming abuse in divorce court so she can get all of his money), why seemingly sane people stay in bad relationships, and how Titus found love again with a woman who wasn't a psycho bitch and had a normal, functional family - [[EarnYourHappyEnding Who he married]]).
* Scottish comedian Daft Limmy is very well known for this.
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