The relationship between comedy and art. Why do some artist’s use humour in their work?

A lot of my practice surrounds Victorian and Edwardian forms of entertainment such as illusionist stage shows, ventriloquism, arcades, wind-up toys, circus’ and freak shows. A lot of them have creepy aspects, their appearances of even children’s dolls is something I find amusing that you’d catch a child playing with something that looks like it would murder all the neighbourhood cats during the night. Dark humour is something that also heavily influences my own practice, using scary looking items or characters and placing them in ridiculous situations. I like Black humour because it can take something sensitive that most people wouldn’t find funny or dare to joke about and shed light on it, relieving the tension that was once surrounding the subject. If you can’t joke about everything, then don’t joke about anything at all. Of course there are situations when you shouldn’t joke about things such as your uncles, cousins, girlfriends, pet’s funeral and then joking about turning their cat into a fresh batch of gumbo, then that’s something that would be frowned upon. Or should it, because it maybe a way for them to deal with the situation, a coping mechanism for that person to reduce stress or grieve.Illustrated by George Cruikshank, (1827), From the Punch and Judy script.A famed staple of British Dark humour would be Punch and Judy from the mid-17th century, from the first engravings and cartoons about the violent murderous Mr punch, has now become what we think is quite humorous and wonderful. A story of murdering everyone, and domestic abuse becoming slapstick comedy, is definitely of a dark sense of humour. It feels good to laugh about something so distressing and bad, that’s why it’s important to sometimes have dark topics being the central point of a joke, not everything should be doom and gloom.2)     Say why the humour is ‘dark’. What does this mean? How have other people defined it? Use some quotes here.Black[AB1]  Comedy/Dark humour [AB2] is a genre of comedy that is seen to be dark because it uses satire to take topics that are usually treated seriously and treat it in a satirical manner whilst still keeping that negative element, I’ve used it in my practice when making things and researching topics surrounding ventriloquism, especially freak shows and Punch and Judy because of how controversial they have been throughout history. It’s commonly used for joking about traumatic events in history and in the media such as; mass murder, suicide, disease and terrorism. The[AB3]  Holocaust always seems to be a low hanging fruit for those with an ‘edgy’ sense of humour, that countless comedians have joked about because it’s seen as one of the worst events in recent history that we do not want to be repeated again. One[AB4]  could argue that it is used to help keep the Holocaust in the public consciousness, to remind us why it was bad while shedding light on something so dark with their humour no matter how harsh the subject be. (Include a little about the producer here)

 [AB1]Link your practice interests to humour to connect these sections.

 [AB2]Define your terms. Use citations to set this key concept up.

 [AB3]I think you need to emphasise the seriousness of the subject here.

 [AB4]Give examples. One might be Mel Brooks ‘The Producers’. Obviously Cattalen’s Hitler sculpture. Maybe you should focus more closely on this, and why it’s funny despite the subject matter. 

Funny art comes so full with intense ironies, sudden surrealism, satirical parodies and deadpan expressions of tragedies or grief that we cannot be sure if it is even okay to laugh.