Dissecting a Frog

A man tries to explain a joke . . .

No body laughed.

I really don’t have anything against frogs. In fact, my strongest frog memory is tied to the scene in E. T.: The Extra Terrestrial, when Elliot is in class and he has to dissect a frog, and a he passes out. That scene and the scene where a pale, E. T. is found in the creek have traumatized me for decades. But I digress.

This site is named in honor of this quote from E. B. White

“Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.”

I think there is a lot to learn from dissecting frogs, and from analyzing humor and stand-up comedy. I was amazed during my research how many people were activley analyzing humor theory, joke construction and comedic technique and perspective.

We are living in a comedy boom of sorts. In the 80’s it seemed like any bar or restaurant with a brick wall was hosting comedy. Now with services like Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix all producing and distributing stand-up comedy specials, there is no shortage of material to discuss.

My goal is to watch one comedy special,and write a post about it every week. Will I succeed? Well subscribe to my blog to find out.


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