Funny eh!?

Hostility humor is rarely funny. Laughter is involved, but only as part of the sneering and jeering at the out-group. Not much funnier than events that provoke nervous laughter or when you all laugh at the same thing, which isn't funny, just to build a sense of camaraderie.

And hostility humor is never lastingly funny. Once the object of derision is no longer a relevant enemy, audiences won't get the references at all.

The only exception is if the audience "never forgets," i.e. is incapable of forgiveness and permanently burns with resentment. Then, yes, the enemies of 500 years ago are still alive in memory and worthy butts of a joke.

True funny has to examine the foibles or challenges of the in-group itself.

It's like the concept of sin -- evil things happen in this world not just because of some wicked out-group preying on us, but because we too are tempted by and succumb to sinful behavior. Notice that Jews also do not focus on sin really at all. They're only harmed because of Borat & Co.

That same idea of "we are often our own worst enemy" is the basis of truly funny stuff, where we get ourselves into the frustrating predicaments. Network, Ghostbusters, Vacation, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Heathers, Back to the Future, and so on. Those are really funny and will always be funny.

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