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Black comedy is a sub-genre of comedy and satire in which topics and events that are usually regarded as taboo are treated in a satirical or humorous manner while retaining their seriousness. Synonyms include dark comedy, black humor, dark humor, and morbid humor.

The purpose of black comedy is to make light of serious and often taboo subject matter, and some comedians use it as a tool for exploring important issues, thus provoking discomfort and serious thought as well as amusement in their audience. Popular themes of the genre include rape, murder, suicide, war, barbaric, drug abuse, terminal illness, domestic violence, insanity, nightmare, disease, racism, disability , chauvinism, corruption, and crime. By contrast, blue comedy focuses more on crude topics, such as nudity, sex and bodily fluids.

Although the two are interrelated, black comedy is different from straightforward obscenity in that it is more subtle and doesn't necessarily have an explicit intention to offend people. In obscene humor, much of the humorous element comes from shock and revulsion, while black comedy usually includes an element of irony, or even fatalism. This particular brand of humor can be exemplified by a scene in the play Waiting for Godot, where a man takes off his belt to hang himself and his trousers fall down.

Wikipedia, Black comedy, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_comedy (as of Apr 10, 2010)

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