Adviser: the comic adviser gives uncalled for advice in a Punch prototype. Ex: Advice to people who want to buy a puppy: Don't.
Anecdotes: any interesting event, either having to do with a celebrity or something smaller, that helps the humorist make a point. Anecdotes are great for the speaker and writer.
Aside: a thought added as if something the speaker was saying reminded him of it.
Banter: good-natured teasing back and forth; exchange of witty remarks.
Blendword: blending two or three words to make a new word. Ex: smog for smoke and fog.
Blue Humor: not appropriate for the public speaker. Humor based on easily offensive subjects like making love, body parts, and bodily functions.
Blunder: wit based on a person who makes a mistake, which makes them appear foolish.
Bull: a humorous statement that is based on an outrageous contradiction. Ex: "The best people have never had kids."
Burlesque: a form of satire. Burlesque ridicules any basic style of speech or writing. (Parody makes fun of specific writings.)
Caricature: exaggeration of a person’s mental, physical, or personality traits, in wisecrack form.
The Catch Tale: a funny story that messes up the reader or listener by implying an awful ending but then stopping with a small declaration.
Conundrum: a word puzzle that can’t be solved because the answer is a pun. Ex: why do cows wear bells? Their horns don’t work.
Digging the hole deeper: a situation continuously worsens; snowball effect
Epigram: clever, short saying about a general group. Mostly satire about mankind. Two types, wordplay and thought play. EX: Afternoon is the part of the day we spend worrying about how we wasted the morning.
Euphemism: using another word for a more graphic or inappropriate word.
Exaggerism: an exaggerated witticism that overstates the features, defects, or the strangeness of someone or something.
Freudian Slip: a funny statement which seems to just pop out, but which actually comes from the person’s subconscious thoughts (often sexual). Ex: To say: I really like your boobs (when you mean boots).
Hyperbole: extreme exaggeration.
Irony: a leading part of humor. Irony is using words to express something completely different from the literal meaning. Usually, someone says the opposite of what they mean and the listener believes the opposite of what they said.
Joke: short story ending with a funny climactic twist.
Misunderstanding: characters misinterpret a situation or dialogue, usually enhanced by having ambiguous dialogue, in other words, dialogue that can have two possible interpretations.
Nonsensism: inclusive of the epigram and the wisecrack, it is any kind of funny nonsense in speaking form. Nonsensism includes all kinds of absurdity without realistic logic and makes a general observation of absurd reference.
Parody: humorous version of any well-known writing. Ex: Weird Al Yankovic’s "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi".
Practical Joke: a joke put into action. The trick is played on another person and the humor comes from what happens.
Pun: a play on words
Recovery: a combination of blunder and wit, where a person makes an error, and then saves himself with a fast correction.
Repartee: includes clever replies and retorts. The most common form is the insult.
Satire: wit that is critical humor. Satire is sarcasm that makes fun of something.
Situational Humor: this is comedy that comes from your own life. No one in your audience will have heard it and it can get a group used to you. This type of humor is based on a humorous situation that you have experienced.
Switching: a common form of switching is changing the main parts of the story, such as the setup or the punch line, and creating a new joke.
Understatement: making something that is regular or large seem extremely smaller or less. Intentionally down- sizing a large object.
Wisecrack: any clever remark about a particular person or thing. Wisecracks are quick wordplays about a person.
Wit: humor, irony, sarcasm, satire, repartee. Wit is funny because of the sudden sharpness and quick perception. Wit can bite. Verbal wit is a type of humor known as Wordplay.
Blunder: humor based on a person who makes a mistake, which makes them appear foolish.