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. 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?

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

!'''Choices, Choices'''
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 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 either type is the jerk getting his comeuppances for his misdemeanors, where as the nice guy being beaten up by the world 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? Will you be mostly tame, neatly balanced, or extremely cruel? How many things can you joke about and how often? 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. Just bear in mind what Creator/SethMacFarlane once said: "It all can't be in the same place." As in, you probably shouldn't joke about all of those things at once. TropesAreTools, however, and what really matters is how you use it. 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.

* 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 much is a make or break.
* DudeNotFunny-- ''The'' pitfall to avoid. You want to make your audience laugh, not alienate them.
* 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.

!'''Potential Subversions'''
* DisneyDeath
!'''Writers' Lounge'''
!!'''Suggested Themes and Aesops'''
!!'''Potential Motifs'''
* Death
* Failure and Futility-- See KafkaKomedy.
* 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.
* ''Film/DrStrangelove'' - It's a bona fide classic. With the power of nuclear war, Creator/StanleyKubrick crafted a satire like no other.
* ''Film/{{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.
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' - One of the crappiest crapsack worlds with one of the most evil heroic sociopath.
!!'''The Epic Fails'''
* Later episodes of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' have had too much emphasis on jerkiness and not enough of the comedy that made it great.
* ''WesternAnimation/MrPickles'': A violation of Creator/SethMacFarlane's aforementioned quote, it crams all kinds of shocking themes and imagery in at once, leaving no room for the juxtaposition which gives said imagery weight. Unless you're a metalhead, you're either going to be left [[NauseaFuel disgusted]] or [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy bored]].