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.

!'''Necessary Tropes'''
* CrossesTheLineTwice
* GallowsHumor-- Self Explanatory.

!'''Choices, Choices'''
* 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.
* DudeNotFunny-- ''The'' pitfall to avoid. You want to make your audience laugh, not alienate them.
!'''Potential Subversions'''
* DisneyDeath
!'''Writers' Lounge'''
!!'''Suggested Themes and Aesops'''
!!'''Potential Motifs'''
* Death
* Failure and Futility-- See KafkaKomedy.
* [[FreudWasRight Freudian symbols]]
!!'''Suggested Plots'''
!!'''Set Designer''' / '''Location Scout'''
!!'''Props Department'''
!'''Costume Designer'''
!!'''Casting Director'''
!!'''Stunt Department'''
!'''Extra Credit'''
!!'''The Greats'''
* 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.
* {{Blackadder}} - One of the crappiest crapsack worlds with one of the most evil heroic sociopath.
!!'''The Epic Fails'''