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Despite my general disregard for Twitter and its adherents, I very much enjoy AntiJokeCat's brand of humour. His/her gags are funny because they seem to subvert the notion of what a joke is and confound our expectations of what the punchline is going to be, usually in a dark way. Sometimes a genre joke e.g. a racist or sexist one is subverted at the last moment.

Some Examples

  1. Yo momma's so stupid, she took an IQ test and scored pretty low on it.
  2. Two muffins are in an oven. After ten minutes at 325 degrees, they were pulled out, allowed to cool, and then eaten.
  3. What did the homeless man get for Christmas? Hypothermia.
  4. What's yellow and good at Math? A yellow calculator.

More examples may be found at AntiJokeCat's Twitter page.

Can anyone provide a better more academic classification of this type of humour aside from 'anti-joke'? I am detecting some bathos there at the very least.

And where did this deconstructionist humour originate?

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I've heard them called anti-jokes. – American Luke Aug 20 '12 at 14:48
They're all different. – Matt E. Эллен Aug 20 '12 at 15:00
Bathos involves an unexpected juxtaposition of the heroic or serious with the trivial or mundane. Same kind of idea, except this does not involve the heroic or serious, but rather the humorous. – Mark Beadles Aug 20 '12 at 15:13
The only bathos I can imagine here is if we allow that asking what a homeless man gets for Christmas is uplifting/serious. Which I can't really see, given that it's presented in the standard form of a one-liner joke, so you know before you get to it that the punchline is going to be amusing (or sick, depending on your point of view). – FumbleFingers Aug 20 '12 at 15:19
My personal favorite: The Pope, President Obama, and a boy scout walk into a bar; and the bartender says, "What is this, some kind of joke?" – Bob Aug 20 '12 at 18:17
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It's definitely anti-jokes. Wikipedia's article on it is very helpful.


"Anti-humor is a type of indirect humor that involves the joke-teller delivering something which is deliberately not funny, or lacking in intrinsic meaning. The audience is expecting something humorous, and when this does not happen, the irony itself is of comedic value. "

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I disagree. All OP's examples are different, as Matt says. But even though some people might say #3 is "in bad taste", it's just bog-standard "non-sequitur/misinterpretation/wordplay" humour. I don't think much of that Wikipedia page anyway, but that's hardly the point. – FumbleFingers Aug 20 '12 at 15:12
I'm saddened that there is no higher-level categorisation available other than the rather ugly and modern 'anti-joke' (they are not exactly against jokes are they ...?) – 5arx Oct 8 '12 at 8:38

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