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What Are You Laughing At?


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INTRODUCTION OVERVIEW Common Comedy Theories The Comedic Event Documenting the Comedic Event PART I: ELEMENTS OF CONTEXT: THE RECEPTION FACTORS CHAPTER 1: THE RECEIVER AND HIS WORLD 1-1. A Comedy Frame of Mind 1-2. Early Reception Factors 1-3. Levels of Social Interaction CHAPTER 2: ELEMENTS OF COMMUNICATION 2-1. Modes of Communication 2-2. Device and Specific Device CHAPTER 3: VEHICLES 3-1. Vehicles 3-2. Vehicle-based Reception Factors CHAPTER 4: LEVEL OF CONTROL AND IDENTIFYING THE SOURCE 4-1. Level of Control 4-2. Identifying The Source PART II: THE INCONGRUOUS PICTURE CHAPTER 5: FUNDAMENTAL COMPONENTS 5-1. The Receiver's Brain: Hard-wired for Comedy? 5-2. The Triangle 5-3. The Core Variables CHAPTER 6: INCONGRUITY 6-1. Incongruity 6-2. Estimating Levels of Incongruity 6-3. Types of Incongruity CHAPTER 7: COGNITIVE PROCESS 7-1. Cognitive Process: Overview 7-2. Level One: Straightforward Information 7-3. Level Two: Gap-filling 7-4: Level Three: Recontextualization CHAPTER 8: VARIATIONS 8-1. Exploring the Four Corners of the Triangle 8-2. What are Practical Jokes? CHAPTER 9: COMEDY AND ENTROPY 9-1. Sustaining the Laugh 9-2. Entropy PART III: ENHANCERS AND INHIBITORS CHAPTER 10: HOW COMEDIC INFORMATION TRIGGERS ENHANCERS AND INHIBITORS 10-1. Overview 10-2. On-going Social Needs: Superiority, Identification, and Inclusion 10-3. Aspects of Awareness CHAPTER 11: ELEMENTS OF THE JOKE'S COMMUNICATION, STRUCTURE, AND CONTENT 11-1. Resuming the Chart: The Joke as a Whole 11-2. Elements of Communication and Structure 11-3. Elements of Content SUMMING IT ALL UP The Completed Chart Final Thoughts and Acknowledgments

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This book presents a comprehensive guide to all the variables that can come into play when we come into contact with comedy.

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This book presents a comprehensive guide to all the variables that can come into play when we come into contact with comedy.

About the Author

Dan O'Shannon is currently co-executive producer for the ABC show Modern Family, previously working on other Emmy nominated shows such as Frasier and Cheers. O'Shannon has also lectured in classes at UCLA, USC, and taught a course on writing at Cleveland State University, where he holds an honorary doctorate.

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