6: Irony

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Irony
It's commonly known that too much perspective can be a downer.
Title text: It's commonly known that too much perspective can be a downer.

Explanation

It must be part of the human condition that causes us to think that odd statements are sometimes more humorous than those supposed to be funny. Cueball makes a true statement, that his statement is not very funny. But! Because he invoked irony, the sentence is now funny! Right?

Now going meta: In 20,000 years, there might be no more humans on earth to find the irony funny anymore. How ironic!

Also see 33: Self-reference, and 6: Irony.

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Transcript

Narrator: When self-reference, irony, and meta-humor go too far
Narrator: A CAUTIONARY TALE
Man 1: This statement wouldn't be funny if not for irony!
Man 1: ha ha
Man 2: ha ha, I guess.
Narrator: 20,000 years later...
[desolate badlands landscape with an imposing sun in the sky]
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Discussion

You can definitely see an improvement in these comics as Randall learns to clean drawings and form a proper punchline. Davidy22[talk] 14:07, 8 January 2013 (UTC)
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