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11th Aug '16 11:44:55 AM twilicorn
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* Later episodes of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' have had too much emphasis on jerkiness and not enough of the comedy that made it great.
14th Apr '16 10:08:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* Literature/CatchTwentyTwo - Allegedly the work the term "black comedy" was coined for. Combines increasingly hilarious running gags with an increasingly dark take on the horrors of war.
* DrStrangelove - It's a bona fide classic. With the power of nuclear war, Creator/StanleyKubrick crafted a satire like no other.
* {{Network}} - Despite its dramatic elements, this film is still hilarious at times.
* Film/RoboCop1987 - This is an odd example. It plays itself as an action film, but still satirizes the idea of [[MegaCorp large corporations]]. Watch it anyways.

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* Literature/CatchTwentyTwo ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'' - Allegedly the work the term "black comedy" was coined for. Combines increasingly hilarious running gags with an increasingly dark take on the horrors of war.
* DrStrangelove ''Film/DrStrangelove'' - It's a bona fide classic. With the power of nuclear war, Creator/StanleyKubrick crafted a satire like no other.
* {{Network}} ''Film/{{Network}}'' - Despite its dramatic elements, this film is still hilarious at times.
* Film/RoboCop1987 ''Film/RoboCop1987'' - This is an odd example. It plays itself as an action film, but still satirizes the idea of [[MegaCorp large corporations]]. Watch it anyways.
13th Nov '15 8:53:34 AM FF32
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* {{Blackadder}} - One of the crappiest crapsack worlds with one of the most evil heroic sociopath.

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* {{Blackadder}} ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' - One of the crappiest crapsack worlds with one of the most evil heroic sociopath.
21st Jul '14 8:45:35 AM Brick3621
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* How far will you go? When it comes to black comedy how balanced will you keep the black with the comedy? Will you be mostly tame, neatly balanced, or extremely cruel? How many things can you joke about and how often? Like death, suicide, genocide, rape, drug addiction, abortion, bestiality, religion, disease, parental abandonment/abuse, and so forth. as Creator/SethMacFarlane once said, "it all can't be in the same place." As in, joking about all of what was listen up there cannot be in the same episode. TropesAreTools, however, and what really matters is how you use it. Perhaps you ''can'' get away with that, but for the most part it's best to try and spread it out.

* In making a setting, the most common type of world for this breed of comedy is a CrapsackWorld or a CrapsaccharineWorld. The world doesn't have to be either of those, but it makes the {{Jerkass}} main character's attitude more relatable or the NiceGuy's unluckiness more understandable.

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* How far will you go? When it comes to black comedy how balanced will you keep the black with the comedy? Will you be mostly tame, neatly balanced, or extremely cruel? How many things can you joke about and how often? Like Decide on which controversial, depressing, or otherwise negative topics you want to cover: death, suicide, genocide, rape, drug addiction, abortion, bestiality, religion, disease, parental abandonment/abuse, and so forth. as Just bear in mind what Creator/SethMacFarlane once said, "it said: "It all can't be in the same place." As in, joking you probably shouldn't joke about all of what was listen up there cannot be in the same episode.those things at once. TropesAreTools, however, and what really matters is how you use it. Perhaps you ''can'' get away with that, You can ''try'' to have all of those things in one episode, but for the most part it's best to try and spread it out.

* In making a setting, the most common type of world for this breed of comedy is a CrapsackWorld or a CrapsaccharineWorld. The world doesn't have to be either of those, but it makes the {{Jerkass}} main character's attitude more relatable or the NiceGuy's unluckiness more understandable.
understandable.



* ComedicSociopathy-- This is can make a BlackComedy become depressing or impossible to take seriously. Again, TropesAreTools and what counts is moderation. It's okay to be mean-spirited every so often, but using too mush is a make or break.

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* ComedicSociopathy-- This is can make a BlackComedy become depressing or impossible to take seriously. Again, TropesAreTools and what counts is moderation. It's okay to be mean-spirited every so often, but using too mush much is a make or break.



* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: As said above, if the show's darkness is too much, it might just leave the audience bored and disinterested. If you have too much cruelty and not enough comedy, it's a deal breaker.

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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: As said above, if the show's darkness is too much, it might just leave the audience bored and disinterested. If you have too much cruelty and not enough comedy, it's a deal breaker.
breaker.
18th Apr '14 5:11:39 PM creekery
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What is the main goal you hope to accomplish with this style of humor? Do you want to make a point with some political satire using comedy as a means to get your message across, do you want to offend as many people as possible just for the hell of it, or do you just want to try to be funny? Either way, there's many ways to accomplish any said goal.

* TheProtagonist: Where does their morality lie? In most BlackComedy's the protagonist is a [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist jerk]] or a really [[KafkaKomedy unlucky]] NiceGuy. The comedy of wither type is the jerk getting his comeuppances for his crimes where as the nice guy being mean the humor comes from how unlucky he is.

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What is the main goal you hope to accomplish with this style of humor? Do you want to make a point with some political satire using comedy as a means to get your message across, do you want to offend as many people as possible just for the hell of it, or do you just want to try to be funny? Either way, there's many ways to accomplish any said goal.

of those goals.

* TheProtagonist: Where does their morality lie? In most BlackComedy's the protagonist is a [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist jerk]] or a really [[KafkaKomedy unlucky]] NiceGuy. The comedy of wither either type is the jerk getting his comeuppances for his crimes misdemeanors, where as the nice guy being mean beaten up by the world the humor comes from how unlucky he is.







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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: As said above, if the show's darkness is too much, it might just leave the audience bored and disinterested. If you have too much cruelty and not enough comedy, it's a deal breaker.
18th Apr '14 5:08:11 PM creekery
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What is the main goal you hope to accomplish with this style of humor? Do you want to make a point with some political satire, do you want to offend as many people as possible just for the hell of it, or do you just want to try to be funny? Either way, there's many ways to accomplish any said goal.

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What is the main goal you hope to accomplish with this style of humor? Do you want to make a point with some political satire, satire using comedy as a means to get your message across, do you want to offend as many people as possible just for the hell of it, or do you just want to try to be funny? Either way, there's many ways to accomplish any said goal.



* How far will you go? When it comes to black comedy how balanced will you keep the black with the comedy?

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* How far will you go? When it comes to black comedy how balanced will you keep the black with the comedy?
comedy? Will you be mostly tame, neatly balanced, or extremely cruel? How many things can you joke about and how often? Like death, suicide, genocide, rape, drug addiction, abortion, bestiality, religion, disease, parental abandonment/abuse, and so forth. as Creator/SethMacFarlane once said, "it all can't be in the same place." As in, joking about all of what was listen up there cannot be in the same episode. TropesAreTools, however, and what really matters is how you use it. Perhaps you ''can'' get away with that, but for the most part it's best to try and spread it out.

* In making a setting, the most common type of world for this breed of comedy is a CrapsackWorld or a CrapsaccharineWorld. The world doesn't have to be either of those, but it makes the {{Jerkass}} main character's attitude more relatable or the NiceGuy's unluckiness more understandable.



* ComedicSociopathy-- This is can make a BlackComedy become depressing or impossible to take seriously. Just don't use it too much and use irony instead of just apathy for humor.

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* ComedicSociopathy-- This is can make a BlackComedy become depressing or impossible to take seriously. Just don't use it Again, TropesAreTools and what counts is moderation. It's okay to be mean-spirited every so often, but using too much and use irony instead of just apathy for humor.mush is a make or break.


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18th Apr '14 4:54:35 PM creekery
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A common actors' saying is "Dying is easy: comedy is hard." And BlackComedy, which uses dark and serious matters and themes as its subject matter to invoke laughter is one of the hardest things to write well.

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A common actors' saying is "Dying is easy: comedy is hard." And BlackComedy, which uses dark and serious matters and themes as its subject matter to invoke laughter is one of the hardest things to write well.
well. That doesn't mean you should try though, anything can be made into a joke, despite what the [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad PC crowd]] may try and say, so give it a go. Even if you don't get it right first, keep it at. You didn't learn to walk in a day so how would you learn comedy, let alone this type, in a day?




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* BlackComedy-- It's both a trope and a genre, so [[CaptainObvious yeah...]]

BlackComedy's main goal is not to try to make a dark subject look serious, but more so to show how anything can really be funny. Most jokes have their root based in something otherwise serious and this is more so taking that dark side UpToEleven.


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What is the main goal you hope to accomplish with this style of humor? Do you want to make a point with some political satire, do you want to offend as many people as possible just for the hell of it, or do you just want to try to be funny? Either way, there's many ways to accomplish any said goal.

* TheProtagonist: Where does their morality lie? In most BlackComedy's the protagonist is a [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist jerk]] or a really [[KafkaKomedy unlucky]] NiceGuy. The comedy of wither type is the jerk getting his comeuppances for his crimes where as the nice guy being mean the humor comes from how unlucky he is.

* How far will you go? When it comes to black comedy how balanced will you keep the black with the comedy?
20th Feb '14 5:23:43 AM m8e
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* DrStrangelove - It's a bona fide classic. With the power of nuclear war, StanleyKubrick crafted a satire like no other.

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* DrStrangelove - It's a bona fide classic. With the power of nuclear war, StanleyKubrick Creator/StanleyKubrick crafted a satire like no other.
8th Dec '13 12:18:41 PM randomtroper89
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* RefugeInAudacity-- This is another staple of Black Comedy, but try not to go overboard with it.

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* RefugeInAudacity-- This is another staple of Black Comedy, but try not to go overboard with it.
28th Aug '13 10:13:16 AM erforce
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* {{Robocop}} - This is an odd example. It plays itself as an action film, but still satirizes the idea of [[MegaCorp large corporations]]. Watch it anyways.

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* {{Robocop}} Film/RoboCop1987 - This is an odd example. It plays itself as an action film, but still satirizes the idea of [[MegaCorp large corporations]]. Watch it anyways.



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