Antihumor is when an audience expects a joke but in place of a punchline is given a serious or absurd statement. In some cases, the surprise of the missing punchline is funny in itself. Antihumor is also associated with deliberately bad standup comics whose jokes are so bad that it's almost funny. The following is a well known example of antihumor:Why did the chicken cross the road?To get to the other side.
Tony CliftonTony Clifton is a fictional standup comedian created by the influential comedy Andy Kaufman in the 1970s. Clifton has been played by a variety of comedians in costume who traditionally don't reveal their true identity. He is obnoxious, abusive to the audience, sings terribly and tells bad jokes, so bad they're potentially funny somehow.
I just came back from the northeastLet me tell you somethingIt was so cold there thatI thought of something funnyYou know all the buildings are so cold they have to have heatersWhat if they put air conditioners in the buildings insteadThen it would be colder~ Tony Clifton, Midnight Special, 1981
|Definition||A set up to a joke that ends with a serious or absurd statement in place of a punchline.|
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