I've been doing some thinking about what humor is and what makes something funny. And I've come to the conclusion (a theory) that humor isn't relative. Funny isn't in the eye of the beholder. If something is funny, than its funny. If it isn't than it isn't.
Let me explain it with a fun analogy.
Lets say that Humor, the laugh, is buried treasure. A joke is a treasure map. Given the joke, a person is able to find the humor at the X and laugh. This is not relative.
What is relative is the ability of the person to map out a joke and the other to read the map or get the joke. Some jokes are multi-leveled and hard to read for the common treasure hunter. The other relative is whether or not the buried treasure chest has treasure in it at all. Knock knock. Who's there? Banana. Banana who? Banana laser printer! Not a good joke, not funny.
Why is this so? Because there is a science to what funny is. Things you laughed at in 5th grade certainly aren't funny anymore. Once I talked to this kid who thought that randomness was the single key to hilarity. Not true. Jokes that seem bizarre and random are actually calculated.
And I think that offensive jokes are a good example of this non-relativity. Take racist jokes for instance. If a joke isn't funny, than its just offensive and insulting. But if it is funny, then its tasteless, or tasteless humor. Here's an example of an offensive one: Why are [racial slur]s such [racial slur]? Because they [sexual act] [barnyard animal]! Racist jokes that are funny are the ones that make go "Ohhh, thats horrible!" you probably feel ashamed for finding it funny and laughing. It may be tasteless, but you can still laugh.
Then there factors about the receiving end of the joke, is it going to go over their head, are the going to bother to try and get it? Things like that, jokes between friends and the like. There are things that are irrefutably funny sometimes that people just dont want to entertain, just to be a heel.
I don't know where I'm really going with this, but I think that there should be some kind of Theory of Comedy. Like they could teach a class that teaches you how to be funny. There's a science to it somehow. I'm just dabbling out of pure curiosity.
Anyone who fancies themself funny (no shame in admitting it) who has any other methods or ideas about doing what they do?