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dRoy Ready to Rant from The Happy Place Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
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Feb 28th 2011 at 12:17:47 AM

Ok, this is very much of a Your Mileage May Vary thing, but I think the picture for Black Comedy Is something of a Dude, Not Funny!. I mean, cooking a baby alive? I don't know you guys but that's way too much for me Cross the Line Twice. Does anyone agree with me or is it just an example of Cross the Line Twice?

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Feb 28th 2011 at 12:22:42 AM

There are several things black comedy is not: it is not Dead Baby Comedy
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Yeah, I think the best thing would be to get some coherence with the page quote, which is brilliant, and find a picture of some character dealing with a tragic situation by cracking a joke about it. Failing that, a screenshot from a satirical news show.

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Mr. Dr.
Feb 28th 2011 at 12:30:58 AM

[up][up]Isn't that the main point of the trope? Make light of dark situations?

Anyway, I think a single panel from Cyanide and Happiness might work nicely [1]

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Feb 28th 2011 at 1:06:46 AM

Indeed. All one needs to do to find an image for this is to press Cyanide And Happiness' 'Random' button.

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Feb 28th 2011 at 1:59:42 AM

I'm happy with the current one.

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Catalogue A pocketful of saudade. from where the good times are
A pocketful of saudade.
Feb 28th 2011 at 4:13:20 AM

This was chosen from Image Pickin' no more than two weeks ago...

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Feb 28th 2011 at 7:09:27 AM

Gallows Humor, Black Comedy, and Dead Baby Comedy all seem to have similar themes. What is the distinction between the three of them?

Catalogue A pocketful of saudade. from where the good times are
A pocketful of saudade.
Feb 28th 2011 at 7:17:39 AM

Black Comedy is when a comedy make light of serious subjects. Gallows Humor is when someone uses Black Comedy to make light of their impending doom. Dead Baby Comedy is a work (comics, film series, etc.) that relies on Black Comedy.

The words above are to be read as if they are narrated by Morgan Freeman.
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Feb 28th 2011 at 7:23:45 AM

Why are they defined like that? Anywhere outside the wiki if you were talking about a Black Comedy you'd be talking about a work that laughed at serious matters. (Our definition of Dead Baby Comedy.) And Dead Baby Comedy would be jokes about dead babies.

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Catalogue A pocketful of saudade. from where the good times are
A pocketful of saudade.
Feb 28th 2011 at 7:31:52 AM

Gallows Humor is a subtrope of Black Comedy. The name "Dead Baby Comedy" was, is, and will continue to be a source of confusion, though.

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Feb 28th 2011 at 8:34:53 AM

The last time this page landed in Image Pickin', Madrugada had at least TWO Far Side strips that had nothing to do with Dead Baby Comedy that were fine for demonstrating Black Comedy.

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Catalogue A pocketful of saudade. from where the good times are
A pocketful of saudade.
Feb 28th 2011 at 8:37:53 AM

Ah, is the current image from The Far Side? It's Pot Holed to Dead Baby Comedy now, which doesn't really make sense.

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Feb 28th 2011 at 8:42:23 AM

^^The Far Side was created and produced by Gary Larson.

Whoever this "Collins" is who signed the current page image, this ain't The Far Side, but it's certainly a good copy of those strips' style.

edited 28th Feb '11 8:42:42 AM by SeanMurrayI

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Catalogue A pocketful of saudade. from where the good times are
A pocketful of saudade.
Feb 28th 2011 at 8:53:47 AM

Ow. I'm not familiar with it, and it looks superficially similar, so.

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Feb 28th 2011 at 9:29:07 AM

We just picked this one, didn't we?

Mar 11th 2011 at 12:31:02 PM

Didn't I just read, in the trope descriptions, that Black Comedy treats grim subjects seriously and derives humor from them? Whereas Dead Baby Comedy doesn't treat those subjects seriously.

As such, the picture is more appropriate for Dead Baby Comedy.

Fawriel jump to the left from the bottom of my heart Relationship Status: If it's you, it's okay
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Mar 11th 2011 at 12:38:34 PM

It's got a freaking dead baby in it. I'd say chances are high it's more suited to that article.

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blackcat Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Mar 11th 2011 at 2:30:44 PM

I always like John Callahan's sense of humor.

edited 11th Mar '11 2:31:26 PM by blackcat

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Mar 11th 2011 at 4:51:49 PM

[up][up]Crop out the text and put it in the caption.

lamoxlamae Relationship Status: In my bunk
Mar 11th 2011 at 6:35:51 PM

I'm fine with the current one. Black comedy is supposed to be, well, dark. People will go "Dude, not funny" but some will laugh. It's just not for everyone.

Here's my favorite that I use as a litmus test to see if people like Black Comedy:

"I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandmother. Not kicking and screaming like the people in the back of her car!"

If anyone has a comic of that I'd vote for it. Otherwise the current one (which was added just a couple weeks ago!) is fine.

Catalogue A pocketful of saudade. from where the good times are
A pocketful of saudade.
Mar 11th 2011 at 8:39:59 PM

Dead Baby Comedy is about a series which depends on controversy, not about actual dead babies. The image is not from any series. I think the current page image for Dead Baby Comedy is not chosen merely because it makes fun of a dead baby, but because the series it comes from (Cyanide And Happiness) depends on controversial subjects.

It has got to be one of the most misleading trope names.

EDIT: I made a Trope Repair Shop discussion on it.

edited 11th Mar '11 9:07:51 PM by Catalogue

The words above are to be read as if they are narrated by Morgan Freeman.
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Mar 11th 2011 at 9:08:45 PM

Here's another Callahan suggestion

blackcat Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Mar 11th 2011 at 9:23:10 PM

[up]He was so amazing, wasn't he?

We never go any where without our swords and boas.

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