Do Not Say That For Which You Lack Experience

The second of five rules crafted by Paul Grice and laid out for us by John Morreal, it is easily broken through creation of humor/comedy by “present[ing] fantasies as if they were reasonable hypotheses”. What is fascinating about comedy, and humor as a whole, is its ability to disrupt social conventions and mock what is seen as the “norm,” especially as a form of escapism. Just as the fool in one of Shakespeare’s tragedies adds humor to a scene to “lighten the mood,” so does humor’s desire to break social conventions. How does breaking the second or any of the remaining four rules of social convention allow us “relief” from awkward or stressful situations? And with that, is it possible to create humor/comedy without breaking social conventions?


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