1. Black or Dark Comedy: Sarcastic or mocking and cynical stories that examine serious subjects such as war, death, relationships, or illness.
Example: Men Who Stare At Goats.
2. Parody or Spoof: Mock serious topics with unconventional riffs on psychology, religion, government, technology, etc. The point is to illuminate flaws in our thinking, behavior, or systems using humor as a glaring spotlight.
3. Romantic Comedy: Has a little fun with the Romance genre, either making fun of it, or making the romantic complications comedic.
4. Mystery Comedy: Pokes fun at the mystery genre.
5. Con/Heist Comedy: Fills the Con/Heist with humorous complications and/or goals.
6. Light Horror Comedy: Imbues the Horror genre with comedic complications.
7. Science Fiction Comedy: Makes light of the Science Fiction genre.
8. Fantasy Comedy: Adds humorous twists to the Fantasy genre.
9. Western Comedy: Exaggerates the tropes of the Western genre for comedic effect.
10. Historical Comedy: Highlights the mores and manners of yore with comedic effect.
11: Road trip Comedy: Takes the serious lesson-infused journey on a fun-filled ride.
Next week, we will examine Comedy building blocks.
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