And what are the different characteristics of these different forms of humour?

Having looked at the near duplicate question, it does raise some interesting material and supplies possible answers to the question. However it has also made it clear that this is a far more complex subject than I made it sound, and merits a far wider conversation than is possible on this site. The whole question of what we laugh at, and what defines humour needs to be considered.

But for anyone interested I recommend reading the duplicate question, and the responses thereto.

  • Is this an English language question?
    – Mari-Lou A
    Dec 17 '15 at 9:45
  • The title is, probably not the body.
    – user66974
    Dec 17 '15 at 9:49
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    @Josh61 It is all an English language question. How are different forms of humour described? One cannot answer that without defining the characteristics of those types of humour.
    – WS2
    Dec 17 '15 at 9:53
  • I am not sure that 'a description of different forms of humour' is on topic, but let see what other users think. The antonym request is just fine, though.
    – user66974
    Dec 17 '15 at 9:57
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    Possible duplicate of Why can humour be dry but not wet?
    – AndyT
    Dec 18 '15 at 20:01

It could be argued the opposite of dry humour is slapstick.

Dry humour is subtle, indirect humour whereas slapstick is more obvious and over the top.

  • See also english.stackexchange.com/q/75838/9001
    – Hugo
    Dec 17 '15 at 9:43
  • I have read that earlier post, but I'm not sure I understand any more clearly how we describe the opposite of dry humour and even if we have a clear idea of what it is. It is without doubt a vast subject.
    – WS2
    Dec 17 '15 at 10:00
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    Yeah, "slapstick" is what I instantly thought of. "Burlesque" might also fit, though less precisely, I suspect.
    – Hot Licks
    Dec 18 '15 at 23:16

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