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Black comedy, also known as black humor, dark comedy, or dark humor, is a sub-genre of {{comedy}} and {{satire}} where topics and events that are usually treated seriously are treated in a satirical manner, while still being portrayed as the negative events that they are. Typical targets are death, (mass) murder, suicide, {{blackmail}}, (domestic) violence, disease, insanity, disability, environmental disasters, famine, fear, drug abuse, child abuse, rape, castration, cannibalism, war, terrorism, racism, sexism, homophobia, bestiality and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking line-cutting]].

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Black comedy, also known as black humor, dark comedy, or dark humor, is a sub-genre of {{comedy}} and {{satire}} where topics and events that are usually treated seriously are treated in a satirical manner, while still being portrayed as the negative events that they are. Typical targets are death, (mass) violence, crime, murder, suicide, {{blackmail}}, (domestic) violence, disease, insanity, disability, environmental disasters, political corruption, poverty, famine, fear, disease, drug abuse, child abuse, animal abuse, rape, castration, cannibalism, war, terrorism, racism, sexism, homophobia, bestiality stereotypes, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking line-cutting]].


Black comedy, also known as black humor, dark comedy, or dark humor, is a sub-genre of {{comedy}} and {{satire}} where topics and events that are usually treated seriously are treated in a satirical manner, while still being portrayed as the negative events that they are. Typical targets are death, (mass) murder, suicide, {{blackmail}}, (domestic) violence, disease, insanity, disability, environmental disasters, famine, fear, drug abuse, child abuse, animal abuse, rape, castration, cannibalism, war, terrorism, racism, sexism, homophobia, bestiality and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking line-cutting]].

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Black comedy, also known as black humor, dark comedy, or dark humor, is a sub-genre of {{comedy}} and {{satire}} where topics and events that are usually treated seriously are treated in a satirical manner, while still being portrayed as the negative events that they are. Typical targets are death, (mass) murder, suicide, {{blackmail}}, (domestic) violence, disease, insanity, disability, environmental disasters, famine, fear, drug abuse, child abuse, animal abuse, rape, castration, cannibalism, war, terrorism, racism, sexism, homophobia, bestiality and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking line-cutting]].


Black comedy, also known as black humor, dark comedy, or dark humor, is a sub-genre of {{comedy}} and {{satire}} where topics and events that are usually treated seriously are treated in a satirical manner, while still being portrayed as the negative events that they are. Typical targets are death, (mass) murder, suicide, {{blackmail}}, (domestic) violence, disease, insanity, disability, environmental disasters, famine, fear, drug abuse, child abuse, rape, castration, cannibalism, war, terrorism, racism, sexism, homophobia, bestiality and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking line-cutting]].

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Black comedy, also known as black humor, dark comedy, or dark humor, is a sub-genre of {{comedy}} and {{satire}} where topics and events that are usually treated seriously are treated in a satirical manner, while still being portrayed as the negative events that they are. Typical targets are death, (mass) murder, suicide, {{blackmail}}, (domestic) violence, disease, insanity, disability, environmental disasters, famine, fear, drug abuse, child abuse, animal abuse, rape, castration, cannibalism, war, terrorism, racism, sexism, homophobia, bestiality and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking line-cutting]].


* KafkaKomedy: A form of dark comedy where the humor is based on misery and misfortune rather than death.
* MeatgrinderSurgery: A surgeon uses surgical tools or does surgical procedures on his patient that no sane surgeon would use or attempt, and has a questionable regard for the patient's well-being.
* PovertyForComedy: Being poor is funny.

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* HorrorComedy: The hybrid sub-genre of both {{comedy}} and {{horror}}. There can be some overlap between this trope and black comedy, if the more disturbing {{horror tropes}} (especially the ones pertaining to {{death|Tropes}} and {{violence|Tropes}}) are parodied for humor.
* KafkaKomedy: A form of dark comedy where the humor is based more on people's constant misery and misfortune misfortune, rather than death.
death or violence.
** TheChewToy: Especially if an [[BornUnlucky unfortunate]] [[ButtMonkey loser]]'s suffering is taken to extreme levels, and played more often for laughs than drama.
** SadistShow: If ''everybody'' in the story gets treated like shit for the audience's amusement.
* MeatgrinderSurgery: A surgeon uses surgical tools or does surgical procedures on his patient that no sane surgeon doctor would use or ever attempt, and has a questionable regard for the patient's well-being.
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* PovertyForComedy: [[PovertyTropes Being poor poor]] is funny.


*** EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: Some villains possess a ''very'' sick and twisted sense of humor to compliment their evil deeds.

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*** EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: Some villains possess a ''very'' sick and twisted sense of humor to compliment complement their evil deeds.

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** UndignifiedDeath: Somebody dies in an embarrassing way.

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* PovertyForComedy: Being poor is funny.


This trope is [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant not to be confused]] with BlackSitcom or UncleTomfoolery. It's also not exactly about comedians with the surname "Black" (such as Creator/JackBlack and Creator/LewisBlack), or comedians who have Black African ancestry (i.e. Creator/RichardPryor, Creator/EddieMurphy, or Creator/ChrisRock), although they all may occasionally engage in some dark humor.

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This trope is [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant not to be confused]] with BlackSitcom or UncleTomfoolery. It's also not exactly about comedians with the surname "Black" (such as Creator/JackBlack and Creator/LewisBlack), or comedians who have Black African ancestry (i.e. Creator/RichardPryor, Dick Gregory, Creator/EddieMurphy, or Creator/ChrisRock), although they all may occasionally engage in some dark humor.


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This trope is [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant not to be confused]] with BlackSitcom or UncleTomfoolery. It's also not exactly about comedians with the surname "Black" (i.e. Creator/JackBlack and Creator/LewisBlack), or comedians who have Black African ancestry (such as Creator/RichardPryor, Creator/EddieMurphy, or Creator/ChrisRock), although they all may occasionally engage in some dark humor.

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This trope is [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant not to be confused]] with BlackSitcom or UncleTomfoolery. It's also not exactly about comedians with the surname "Black" (such as Creator/JackBlack and Creator/LewisBlack), or comedians who have Black African ancestry (i.e. Creator/JackBlack and Creator/LewisBlack), or comedians who have Black African ancestry (such as Creator/RichardPryor, Creator/EddieMurphy, or Creator/ChrisRock), although they all may occasionally engage in some dark humor.


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Black comedy, also known as black humor, dark comedy, or dark humor, is a sub-genre of comedy and satire where topics and events that are usually treated seriously are treated in a satirical manner while still being portrayed as the negative events that they are. Typical targets are death, (mass) murder, suicide, {{blackmail}}, (domestic) violence, disease, insanity, handicaps, environmental disasters, famine, fear, child pornography/abuse, drug abuse, rape, castration, cannibalism, war, terrorism, racism, sexism, homophobia, bestiality and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking line-cutting]].

It is not quite ToiletHumour, which is just gross, neither is it quite VulgarHumor, since it can be delivered quite easily without swearing. It often times takes the form of RefugeInAudacity, while incorporating elements of the above mentioned forms of humor. What makes it different though, is that the theme of the comedy would tend to gravitate towards topics that are considered to be "dark" and/or taboo (such as depression, death, atrocities, racism, poverty, etc.) This form of humor will usually go beyond the mere act of telling jokes, some works focusing instead on situational comedy, ''Film/DrStrangelove'' being one example. Movies that alternate between comedy and tragedy, like ''Film/FullMetalJacket'', are not black comedy, since by definition Black Comedy draws humor from the tragic parts. To sum it up, black humor is a type of comedy that deals with negative aspects of life, deriving humour due to it being shocking and unexpected, ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' having dead babies singing for example, being shockingly cruel (and thus unexpected,) and in part because it often reflects a truth that might be too grim to state seriously, something quite common for example in [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Russia]], and quite abundant in political humor.

A joke might revolve around, for example, a homeless man committing a string of murders so that he will get sentenced to death, a state that, properly tied up in appeals, is ''better than'' his former life expectancy and quality. Delivered correctly, it can be very funny, yet at the same time more than a little disturbing. If done wrong, however, the audience may be extremely offended, [[DudeNotFunny which is often used as an in-universe result.]] Black Comedy, however, doesn't necessarily have to involve death; anything tragic can be fodder for it.

CrossesTheLineTwice may apply. Often set in a CrapsackWorld. Subtropes include GallowsHumor (which affects the joke maker personally) and KafkaKomedy (in which anything the protagonist does is guaranteed to fail). As the perfect storm of fatalism and dry humor, it often overlaps with BritishHumour and RussianHumour. This can be RefugeInAudacity. Can be prone to creating a SurpriseCreepy vibe. Especially if whatever is invoking the trope starts out cheery (or if someone fragile witnesses it.)

If Black Comedy shows up in a series that doesn't ordinarily deal with grim subject matter so cavalierly, it's a BlackComedyBurst. BlackComedyRape is a trope in and of itself.

Black Comedy might even be [[OlderThanYouThink as old as comedy itself]].

Not to be confused with UncleTomfoolery. Compare SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror.

Has [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant very little to do with]] people such as Creator/JackBlack, Creator/LewisBlack, Creator/EddieMurphy, Creator/RichardPryor, or Creator/ChrisRock, although they may occasionally engage in it.

'''Since this is an occasional DeathTrope, all Spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.'''

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Black comedy, also known as black humor, dark comedy, or dark humor, is a sub-genre of comedy {{comedy}} and satire {{satire}} where topics and events that are usually treated seriously are treated in a satirical manner manner, while still being portrayed as the negative events that they are. Typical targets are death, (mass) murder, suicide, {{blackmail}}, (domestic) violence, disease, insanity, handicaps, disability, environmental disasters, famine, fear, drug abuse, child pornography/abuse, drug abuse, rape, castration, cannibalism, war, terrorism, racism, sexism, homophobia, bestiality and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking line-cutting]].

It is not quite ToiletHumour, which is just gross, neither is it quite VulgarHumor, since it can be delivered quite easily without swearing. It often times takes the form of RefugeInAudacity, while incorporating elements of the above mentioned forms of humor. What makes it different though, is that the theme of the comedy would tend to gravitate towards topics that are considered to be "dark" and/or taboo (such as depression, death, atrocities, racism, poverty, etc.) This form of humor will usually go beyond the mere act of telling jokes, some works focusing instead on situational comedy, ''Film/DrStrangelove'' being one example. Movies that alternate between comedy and tragedy, like ''Film/FullMetalJacket'', are not black comedy, since by definition Black Comedy draws humor from the tragic parts. To sum it up, black humor is a type of comedy that deals with negative aspects of life, deriving humour humor due to it being shocking and unexpected, ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' having dead babies singing for example, being shockingly cruel (and thus unexpected,) unexpected), and in part because it often reflects a truth that might be too grim to state seriously, something quite common for example in [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Russia]], and quite abundant in political humor.

A joke might revolve around, for example, a homeless man committing a string of murders so that he will get sentenced to death, a state that, properly tied up in appeals, is ''better than'' his former life expectancy and quality. Delivered correctly, it can be very funny, yet at the same time more than a little disturbing. If done wrong, however, the audience may be extremely offended, [[DudeNotFunny which is often used as an in-universe result.]] result]]. Black Comedy, however, doesn't necessarily ''doesn't necessarily'' have to involve death; death or violence; anything tragic that's [[NightmareFuel horrific]], [[TearJerker tragic]], or otherwise [[CynicismTropes dark and cynical]] can be fodder for it.

CrossesTheLineTwice may apply. Often set in a CrapsackWorld. Subtropes include GallowsHumor (which affects the joke maker personally) and KafkaKomedy (in which anything the protagonist does is guaranteed to fail). As the perfect storm of fatalism and dry humor, it often overlaps with BritishHumour and RussianHumour. This can be RefugeInAudacity. Can be prone to creating a SurpriseCreepy vibe. Especially if whatever is invoking the trope starts out cheery (or if someone fragile witnesses it.)

If Black Comedy shows up in a series that doesn't ordinarily deal with grim subject matter so cavalierly, it's a BlackComedyBurst. BlackComedyRape
is a trope in and of itself.

Black Comedy might even be [[OlderThanYouThink as old as comedy itself]].

Not to be confused with UncleTomfoolery. Compare SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror.

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[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant very little not to do with]] people such be confused]] with BlackSitcom or UncleTomfoolery. It's also not exactly about comedians with the surname "Black" (i.e. Creator/JackBlack and Creator/LewisBlack), or comedians who have Black African ancestry (such as Creator/JackBlack, Creator/LewisBlack, Creator/EddieMurphy, Creator/RichardPryor, Creator/EddieMurphy, or Creator/ChrisRock, Creator/ChrisRock), although they all may occasionally engage in it.

some dark humor.

'''Since this is an occasional DeathTrope, all Spoilers spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.'''







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** GraveHumor: A humorous epitaph written on a dead person's tombstone.


A joke might revolve around, for example, a homeless man committing a string of murders so that he will get sentenced to death, a state that, properly tied up in appeals, is ''better than'' his former life expectancy and quality. Delivered correctly, it can be very funny, yet at the same time more than a little disturbing. If done wrong, however, the audience may be extremely offended, [[DudeNotFunny which is often used as an in-universe result.]] Black Comedy, however, doesn't necessarily have to involve death; anything tragic can be fodder for Black Comedy.

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A joke might revolve around, for example, a homeless man committing a string of murders so that he will get sentenced to death, a state that, properly tied up in appeals, is ''better than'' his former life expectancy and quality. Delivered correctly, it can be very funny, yet at the same time more than a little disturbing. If done wrong, however, the audience may be extremely offended, [[DudeNotFunny which is often used as an in-universe result.]] Black Comedy, however, doesn't necessarily have to involve death; anything tragic can be fodder for Black Comedy.
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A joke might revolve around, for example, a homeless man committing a string of murders so that he will get sentenced to death, a state that, properly tied up in appeals, is ''better than'' his former life expectancy and quality. Delivered correctly, it can be very funny, yet at the same time more than a little disturbing. If done wrong, however, the audience may be extremely offended, [[DudeNotFunny which is often used as an in-universe result.]]

Black Comedy doesn't necessarily have to involve death -- anything tragic can be fodder for Black Comedy. A KafkaKomedy is a subtrope of Black Comedy in which the object of humor is abject failure.

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A joke might revolve around, for example, a homeless man committing a string of murders so that he will get sentenced to death, a state that, properly tied up in appeals, is ''better than'' his former life expectancy and quality. Delivered correctly, it can be very funny, yet at the same time more than a little disturbing. If done wrong, however, the audience may be extremely offended, [[DudeNotFunny which is often used as an in-universe result.]]

]] Black Comedy Comedy, however, doesn't necessarily have to involve death -- death; anything tragic can be fodder for Black Comedy. A KafkaKomedy is a subtrope of Black Comedy in which the object of humor is abject failure.
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