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->''"But that joke isn't funny anymore\\
It's too close to home\\
And it's too near the bone,\\
More than you'll ever know"''
-->-- '''Music/TheSmiths''', "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore"

A "funny aneurysm" moment is when a scene, joke, or offhand line that was originally meant to be funny or lighthearted becomes cringeworthy due to the unfortunate and/or traumatic events in future installments/episodes of a work or in real life. When someone says that a bit of comedy has been "overtaken by events," it is this that is in play.

This often has to do with a character or actor's death and is named for a line from the ''Series/{{Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}}'' episode "The Freshman" in which Buffy hopes that her mother will have "a ''funny'' aneurysm" when she sees the cost of Buffy's college textbooks. [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor This would come back to bite her in the next season]].

Or, if you prefer, it's the moment when [[BuffySpeak the funny]] drops down dead. A "funny aneurysm" is an oxymoron since having an aneurysm isn't funny.[[note]]An aneurysm is a blood-filled balloon-like bulge in the wall of a blood vessel that can be fatal if it ruptures.[[/note]]

The inverse of this, where something in real life or more recent canon retroactively makes a lighthearted moment ''funnier'', is HilariousInHindsight. Depending on how dark your sense of humor is (particularly your attitudes towards BlackComedy and GallowsHumor), a "funny aneurysm" moment could actually be funny in a twisted way.

There is also HarsherInHindsight, where a scene that's already tragic becomes even worse due to later tragic real life events or canon. A joke about jumbo jets hitting skyscrapers in works made prior to 9/11 will likely be a "funny aneurysm" moment; a serious plotline about jumbo jets hitting skyscrapers in works made prior to 9/11 is HarsherInHindsight.[[note]]While it is cringeworthy to think about it these days due to the tragedy, the World Trade Center appearing in a work made prior to 9/11 is not an example of this unless there is some sort of reference of the towers being attacked.[[/note]]

If this is done ''intentionally'', this becomes a CerebusRetcon.

Compare TooSoon, when the moment ends up being censored or removed because of a tragedy; LifeImitatesArt, when something depicted in fiction is replicated in reality; HarsherInHindsight, when the original moment is neither funny nor lighthearted, but becomes even less so in light of later events; HaveAGayOldTime, when an innocuous word takes a different meaning due to changes in common vocabulary; UnintentionalPeriodPiece, when a work was intended to be timeless but the era in which it was made is easily distinguishable due to later events.

Contrast HilariousInHindsight and HeartwarmingInHindsight. Not be confused with SugarWiki/FunnyMoments - which is essentially the opposite, unless a recent event turns it into this.

For literal funny aneurysms, see {{Narm}}.

* ''Since all actors and creators are mortal, if someone mentions death or plays a character who dies, and then die themselves, that's not a "funny aneurysm" moment unless their real world death has some kind of similarity or connection to the circumstances of the death which was originally PlayedForLaughs.''
* ''It is possible for an in-universe event to be rendered a "funny aneurysm" moment by a real life one, even if it is temporary.''

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