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What does "Dry sense of humor" means?
June 4, 2006
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glittered and sew,

Thanks.

Also, dry humor is what happens while somebody tells jokes while walking across the dessert without a canteen and munching on a bag of chips.

June 4, 2006
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Salty chips, Seeker?

June 4, 2006
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Or just "dry" crackers?

June 4, 2006
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I felt irrepressible giggles when I saw my husband's stately 95-yr-old grandfather drinking "Old Granddad".

I think dry humor is clever, witty, and effects a delayed response.

Seeker is very good at it, I think, but Glitter's st pete joke still seems too predictable (not enough "delay"). So maybe dry humor is not the same for all people??

June 4, 2006
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sew,

Yes, salty chips and "dry" (lol) crackers! Let's throw them both into the mix for good measure. And let's also throw in some nice background music for good measure. (groan)

Brynnie,

Why, thank you for the compliment. You're too kind. You're right; dry humor often elicits a delayed response.

June 4, 2006
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Dry humor is indeed hard to define. To me it is not so in your face as a lot of humor is. One of my favorite dry humorists (is that a word) was the Monsenor that conducted the classes to convert to Catholicism that I attended years back. He would crack me up and I never really knew if he knew he was doing this.

He tried to explain the difference between cardinal and venial sins. At the time I had a horrible head cold but I was there. He described it like this. A venial sin is like a cold, if you take care of it (confess and do penance) it goes away, if you don't then it moves onto pneumonia and can kill you. At that point everyone was looking at me so I said, "Monsenor, is there something you know that I don't." All he said was, "I don't think so." and he left the room. The entire class broke into laughter.

One other time, my family was at a church picnic just prior to my oldest son giving his first confession. He was trying to get out of it. (Have to say, I can't blame him on that one.) Anyway, my son said he shouldn't have to do it because he hadn't done anything wrong. I took him over to Monsenor and told him what my son had said. Without skipping a beat Monsenor said, "Well that's the first lie." My son's jaw dropped and I cracked up.

He was a wonderful man, loyal to his faith and had a dry sense of humor that made sure none of us took ourselves TOO seriously. He said life was too short to be serious to a fault.

Strength, joy and love to all,
Kim

June 4, 2006
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Kim,

Thanks for the stories of your Monsenor. The second one is too good. I'm sorry to admit I'm dense, but I don't quite get the first one, the "I don't think so". Would you care to explain it to me? Yep, I'm dense ... help enlighten me, I'm sinking fast.

June 5, 2006
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Yeah, please splain.

June 5, 2006
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Brynnie,

The rain in Splain falls mainly on my parade.

(Don't ask where that came from. It just fell into my brain, like rain. It's Monday; what can I say?)

June 5, 2006
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I fear I am going to have to apologize for the first example. I have tried and tried to Splain it...:) It was in the delivery and probably had to do with things that others wouldn't know without being in that situation.

Unfortunately I think it might be one of those "had to be there" things.

I am sorry. I will keep trying to think of a way to explain it.

I do know for me 'dry humor' is a large part delivery, the person who exhibits it most often does so in a very serious, or flat tone.

Strength, joy and love to all,
Kim

June 5, 2006
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I is what we need currently on the porn thread in Libs.

June 5, 2006
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whoops... "It"

June 5, 2006
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funny, OMW "I or IT" Fruedian slip or for real intent?

June 5, 2006
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Dry: Alan Rickman
Off the Wall: Australian humor
Wacky: Muppets

I think I manage all three. Intellectual embarassment, such as the illustration of hypocracy amuses me. But physical or social embarassment humor like pratfalls or bathroom humor doesn't really do it for me.

Utter insanity, strangeness, and other forms of "wait, that's not right" get me really easily. Dry humor tends to be more subtly wrong, wheras Off the Wall is more obviously wrong, and Wacky is just outright ridiculous.

June 5, 2006
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U want GOOD dry humor? Then check out Monty Python's Flying Cirucs and Little Brittain...

Also, Dry usually refers to the dark side of humor... like when I laugh durring the Sopranos when someone is getting beaten to a pulp... it is not just what was SAID but the WHOLE situation and the dark consiquences...

It is REALLY comlicated... But for the BEST humor try these two!!

Laters!

June 9, 2006
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Well, often, dry humor is best delivered in a deadpan style. But I don't think that deadpan and dry are always the same.

June 9, 2006
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Bob Newhart is great at dry humor. Anybody ever watch, "The Bob Newhart Show" from the 70s? One of my favorite lines is when Howard (the neighbor) woke Bob up in the middle of the night to tell him something. Howard apologized for waking him up, and Bob replied, "It's okay. I had to be up in six hours anyway." Delivered totally deadpan.

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June 9, 2006
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LOL, thanks for the explanation (((Glit & Seek))).

I really needed to laugh!

June 9, 2006
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Dry humor would be something that is not all that funny, its a clear cut type of line that's more serious than funny, but their it is in the most unusal ways.
sometimes when peolpe try to make up jokes that are just not funny i'll call them "to dry" to serious not funny the type where not all people will laugh
~ just my thought new to the thread hello everyone

June 9, 2006
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seems to me like everyone has a different view on dry humour....examples such as Little Britain wouldnt come in the category of dry humour in my view...too obvious although at times very funny..

I think the Bob Newhart show was often quite dry but most situation comedies dont really fall into the category of dry IMO...maybe some moments in Fawlty Towers or Frazier or certainly the British episodes of The Office but usually sitcoms arent so dry....sometimes the Golden Girls maybe

Mostly it is I think a wry observation of the peculiarities of life....and never obvious..,

Where I come from (Liverpool) people tend to have a dry dark cynical sense of humour and you hear funnier observations sitting on a Liverpool bus then on a million episodes of any sitcom

but hey...I am a bit biased

June 12, 2006
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The comedy "The Office" is a great example of dry humor.

June 5, 2016
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