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  •  Hyperbole is a function of humor (0+ / 0-)

    Exaggeration, even to the extreme, can illustrate a point and being the laughs. Most good comedians know this. Going way over the top is one of the things separating comedy from commentary.

    It was funny and on-point when South Park made the same joke, and it was funny and on-point when the stripwriter did it. Both serve the dual function of making the audience laugh and making them think.

    The initial reaction comes from the extreme of the exaggeration, but what remains is the seed of the point that has been planted. Often serious and sensitive points can be effectively introduced no other way.

    Any comedian worth his or her salt will welcome people taking offense, pleased that they have taken people outside their comfort zones and made them think.

    "Is there anybody listening? Is there anyone who sees what's going on? Read between the lines, criticize the words they're selling. Think for yourself, and feel the walls become sand beneath your feet." --Geoff Tate, Queensryche

    by DarthMeow504 on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 10:37:58 PM PST

    •  typo, "bring the laughs" (0+ / 0-)

      not "being the laughs". Oops.

      "Is there anybody listening? Is there anyone who sees what's going on? Read between the lines, criticize the words they're selling. Think for yourself, and feel the walls become sand beneath your feet." --Geoff Tate, Queensryche

      by DarthMeow504 on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 10:39:08 PM PST

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