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8th Jun '18 3:40:15 PM angie710
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These are almost always GuiltyPleasures, and usually use BigotVsBigot. Compare SadistShow and ImmoralRealityShow, as well as FreakShow. See also TheFreelanceShameSquad, when bystanders laugh at a character's misfortunes InUniverse.

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These are almost always GuiltyPleasures, appeal to the LowestCommonDenominator, and usually use BigotVsBigot. Compare SadistShow and ImmoralRealityShow, as well as FreakShow. See also TheFreelanceShameSquad, when bystanders laugh at a character's misfortunes InUniverse.
20th May '18 6:49:01 AM angie710
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Since these are real people involved in unscripted pain, there are people who [[DudeNotFunny can't help but sympathize with them]]. This is often rebutted with the claim that [[usefulNotes/VictimBlaming because they're "dumb enough" to have it filmed, they deserve to be laughed at]], even though they are all essentially events that [[DidntSeeThatComing the victim could not have predicted]]. At times it's not even a valid excuse. Some of these shows intentionally use false names when filming their subjects.

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Since these are real people involved in unscripted pain, there are people who [[DudeNotFunny can't help but sympathize with them]]. This is often rebutted with the claim that [[usefulNotes/VictimBlaming [[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming because they're "dumb enough" to have it filmed, they deserve to be laughed at]], even though they are all essentially events that [[DidntSeeThatComing the victim could not have predicted]]. At times it's not even a valid excuse. Some of these shows intentionally use false names when filming their subjects.
20th May '18 6:47:57 AM angie710
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Since these are real people involved in unscripted pain, there are people who [[DudeNotFunny can't help but sympathize with them]]. This is often rebutted with the claim that because they're "dumb enough" to have it filmed, they deserve to be laughed at, even though they are all essentially events that [[DidntSeeThatComing the victim could not have predicted]]. At times it's not even a valid excuse. Some of these shows intentionally use false names when filming their subjects.

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Since these are real people involved in unscripted pain, there are people who [[DudeNotFunny can't help but sympathize with them]]. This is often rebutted with the claim that [[usefulNotes/VictimBlaming because they're "dumb enough" to have it filmed, they deserve to be laughed at, at]], even though they are all essentially events that [[DidntSeeThatComing the victim could not have predicted]]. At times it's not even a valid excuse. Some of these shows intentionally use false names when filming their subjects.
14th May '18 1:20:16 PM angie710
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An unscripted show with real people, where the point is to point, laugh, and say, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historian%27s_fallacy "Damn, those people are stupid/trashy/jerks!"]] Everybody in the cast is either a moron, a {{Jerkass}}, insane, ratchet, or all of the above. The audience sees these people humiliate themselves in public, and is comforted that [[ExpectationLowerer no matter how messed up their own lives may be, at least they have more sense than these fools]].

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An unscripted show with real people, where the point is to point, laugh, and say, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historian%27s_fallacy "Damn, those people are stupid/trashy/jerks!"]] Everybody in the cast is either a moron, a {{Jerkass}}, insane, ratchet, trailer-trash, or [[LowerClassLout all of the above.above]]. The audience sees these people humiliate themselves in public, and is comforted that [[ExpectationLowerer no matter how messed up their own lives may be, at least they have more sense than these fools]].
13th Apr '18 6:21:42 AM Sakubara
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* Pretty much the idea behind "[[CringeComedy Cringe]] Compalations".
17th Mar '18 11:16:02 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Parking Wars'' is a show about American parking cops. Almost every encounter is some level of humorous, often times making fun at people being angry for getting tickets or their obvious violations.

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* ''Parking Wars'' is a show about American parking cops. enforcement officers. Almost every encounter is some level of humorous, often times either making fun at people being angry for getting tickets or at their obvious violations.
17th Mar '18 11:13:52 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Caso Cerrado'' with Ana Maria Polo often fail into this, though a difference is made between people with "alternative lifestyles" and people that the show considers AcceptableTargets (like people who are outright bad, neglectful, abusive, or criminal).

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* The Spanish court room show ''Caso Cerrado'' with Ana Maria Polo often fail falls into this, though a difference is made between people with "alternative lifestyles" and people that the show considers AcceptableTargets (like people who are outright bad, neglectful, abusive, or criminal).


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* ''Parking Wars'' is a show about American parking cops. Almost every encounter is some level of humorous, often times making fun at people being angry for getting tickets or their obvious violations.
15th Mar '18 6:07:17 PM eroock
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-->--'''Music/WeirdAlYankovic''', "Jerry Springer"

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-->--'''Music/WeirdAlYankovic''', -->-- '''Music/WeirdAlYankovic''', "Jerry Springer"
27th Nov '17 5:48:23 PM TheGreatUnknown
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** The polar opposite of these is "That Happened", a [[Website/{{Reddit}} subreddit]], which points and laughs at people making patently untrue claims of this nature while sarcastically pretending to believe them.
6th Nov '17 3:32:51 PM WarioBarker
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* The TropeCodifier of the Point and Laugh Show, and probably the best known example, is ''[[Series/TheJerrySpringerShow Jerry Springer]]''. While the show began like any other talk show of the 1980s (one notable episode seeing Jerry spend the night with a homeless teenager), it turned into here around the mid-1990s. Bring on the cross-dressing dog fetishists. Bring on the albino midgets. Bring on the homicidal glue-sniffing trailer trash. Bring on the [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs homicidal glue-sniffing cross-dressing albino midget dog fetishist trailer trash]]. It's an old-school circus sideshow freak attraction for the new millennium. ''Springer'' goes the extra mile and has the ''audience'' mock the people on stage, in addition to his own DeadpanSnarker lines.

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* The TropeCodifier of the Point and Laugh Show, and probably the best known example, is ''[[Series/TheJerrySpringerShow Jerry Springer]]''. While the show began like any other talk show of the 1980s initially took a serious approach, with episodes that dealt with serious issues and politics (one notable episode seeing Jerry spend the a night with a homeless teenager), teenager who was living on the streets), it turned into here this trope around the mid-1990s.mid-1990s or so. Bring on the cross-dressing dog fetishists. Bring on the albino midgets. Bring on the homicidal glue-sniffing trailer trash. Bring on the [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs homicidal glue-sniffing cross-dressing albino midget dog fetishist trailer trash]]. It's an old-school circus sideshow freak attraction for the new millennium. millennium.
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''Springer'' goes the extra mile and has the ''audience'' mock the people on stage, in addition to his Jerry's own DeadpanSnarker lines.
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