black humor

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Synonyms for black humor

the juxtaposition of morbid and farcical elements (in writing or drama) to give a disturbing effect

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The first significant contribution of Professor Su's monograph lies in the fact that she establishes the absurdity as the keynote of humor--humor in general and black humor in particular, thus revealing the realistic and philosophical foundation of (black) humor, and carries out a convincing argument through different approaches, dimensions, and levels.
At this point, we find Scott Stevens's racist responses to Hurricane Katrina a second-rate parody of black humor fiction.
Perhaps morbid teenagers will find the black humor fun, or possibly the story could spark a good classroom discussion on societal mores.
For the next few hours, these four characters pair off in different combinations, and slowly, subtly, Eimbcke reveals the foursome's dreams and disappointments, pasts and presents through black humor, graceful understanding and a bare minimum of plot.
Romero and Joel Silver, who credit EC's pioneering blend of gory horror and black humor with jump-starting their film careers.
She details how black artists such as Redd Foxx and Esther Rolle fought on and off the soundstage to preserve their cultural integrity while presenting black humor and drama as best they could within network television's confines.
The common theme of the wide range of human blindness--from literally being unable to see to willfully refusing to see what lies before one--permeates these often dark verses, sometimes brooding and anxious, sometimes laced with black humor.
The show's black humor reveals that Tyson knows this.
Horror and black humor blend in this inviting survey.
Spotlighting Eitzel's gift for tempering black humor with rough-hewn truth--and featuring his exasperated singing style and accomplished backing from his original bandmates--Patriots ranks among Eitzel's finest work.
Amid the turmoil, a healthy dose of wry black humor keeps despair at bay, just barely.
Any excuse is good enough to engage in verbal improvisation and signal the target of black humor.
This appeals to my black humor and my well-nurtured cynicism.
Oe, winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize for Literature, was praised for the black humor in his novels.
A true story, one redolent with black humor that, while certainly extreme, may offer a perceptive commentary on marriage in our times, even though "going along to get along" was far more typical in years past.