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I'm sure you know of this feeling. When you find something very funny, but it doesn't make you laugh out loud. Perhaps it's even "funnier" than other things that make you chuckle profusely. What is a word to refer to this phenomenon specifically? If not a word, then an expression is also acceptable.

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Are you thinking of deadpan comedy? –  Michael Owen Sartin Jan 14 at 1:15
    
Did you look up in a thesaurus for 'funny'? –  Mitch Jan 14 at 1:30
    
Dry or wry humor? –  Elliott Frisch Jan 14 at 1:54
    
I'm sorry that I didn't comment earlier. I'm not referring to another style of humor, this is just a general response that I occasionally have to certain amusing things I hear or read. I figured it was a common thing, but it's entirely possible that I'm just crazy. –  Dodgie Jan 14 at 5:07
    
"That's so funny I forgot to laugh", or "laughing on the inside"? –  Elliott Frisch Jan 14 at 17:30

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I would probably use amusing for this. From your description, I'm imagining a story or something else that is entertaining and has a humorous tone, but there's no one specific thing or moment that makes you laugh the way that the punchline of a joke does.

There are some more specific words that apply to certain cases. For example, this is how I usually think of the Mel Brooks film The Producers, about two men running a scam that involves producing the world's most terrible play - it's not funny because of jokes or one-liners, but just because their situation becomes increasingly absurd and ridiculous. In this case, the word farce fits well.

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Laconic humour. This is similar to dry humour (deadpan), or comic irony. It is commonly used in Australian culture.

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Sorry, see my comment under the question. –  Dodgie Jan 14 at 5:08

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