I may not show it very much on this blog, but I have a sense of humor. As a matter of fact, my sense of humor is often very dark. A couple of examples of my dark sense of humor were in the short animated films I created for my undergraduate and graduate degrees in college. One of those films was about an old tiger in a zoo bitterly retelling the story of her tumultuous life and the other was about an artist’s dive into madness through his dogged attempts to impress a critic with his painting.
I got interested in dark comedy in my early to mid teens. Around this time, I started watching South Park, I rediscovered Family Guy when it began airing again on Adult Swim, The Boondocks TV series premiered, and I started to get interested in stand-up comedians. Some of my favorite comedians became, but aren’t limited to, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Sam Kinison, and Rodney Dangerfield.
Some of the examples I’ve brought up have found humor in subjects like murder, suicide, dismemberment, rape, bigotry, psychological abuse, addiction, etc. Who in God’s name would look at subjects like these and find something to laugh about?
Without getting into comedy’s history or Aristotle’s definitions of it, one would have to understand where this kind of sense of humor comes from.