Inappropriate Humor

I sometimes wonder what’s wrong with me. Whenever something bad happens, my mind automatically finds the humor in the situation. The problem is, it’s usually inappropriate and insensitive to make jokes about bad things happening to people, but I can’t help it. I usually keep them to myself and then people wonder why I’m laughing for no reason.

For example, a tornado just hit a boy scout camp and killed 4 kids and injured a bunch more, and the first thought that popped into my head was “Wow, I guess they weren’t prepared for that, eh?”

You see what I mean? That’s the kind of joke that could get you beat up in some places.

When I read that Ted Kennedy had a brain tumor, I thought “I wonder if they had to do a colonoscopy to find that thing…” That’s not quite as bad as the boy scouts, since it’s more acceptable to make fun of a dying politician than it is a bunch of kids.

Of course, inappropriate humor is especially funny because it’s inappropriate. Everybody knows the cancer/alzheimer’s joke, right? We laugh because it makes us uncomfortable to hear or think something so insensitive.

  5 comments for “Inappropriate Humor

  1. June 12, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Why are you sitting in that hand-basket? 😉

  2. June 12, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Not laughing too much at the Boy Scout joke but Ted Kennedy is fair game. I was surprised that the news didn’t announce that they actually FOUND a brain.

  3. June 12, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Inappropriate humor is the BEST HUMOR.

  4. Keith
    June 14, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    It is because you went to private “Christian” school. If you mix the repression of real thought and emotion, tendency to support sarcasm and similar forms of communication, repression of most forms of humor (excepting some knock-knock jokes and “chicken crossing road” types), with the propensity to rude and offensive judgementalism you get inappropriate humor of that type.

    On a side note, when typing in judgementalism the spell checker wanted to replace it with “fundamentalism.” Just in case anyone wondered.

  5. HRT
    June 16, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    The only difference between funny and inappropriate is timing.

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