Granted, there is such a thing as "too soon".
Depends on the culture, I suppose - out here, we had our first 9/11 jokes on 9/12
: "New offer from UA - now delivering you straight to the office."
Speaking of which, a lot of Eastern European humor (as exemplified here
) is based on crass ethnic stereotypes, usually un-Acceptable Targets
like the mentally ill, and, on occasion, the Holocaust
. Up North, for that matter, tradition seems to be to deflate even the most gruesome of tragedies with a dry, deadpan Understatement
. So, overall, I'm left with the impression that the hurdle is not so much about being able to laugh at specific tragic things or touchy subjects, but that eventually, the very idea
of a subject being "touchy" gets dropped altogether
. It's like the black humor characteristic for soldiers and doctors, only applied universally - when "too soon" becomes "yet again" , it just doesn't have the same punch to it anymore.
And yes, apparently it also applies to funerals