The Incongruity Theory of Humor

My husband and I both laughed when we saw a big biker-looking guy similar to the one in this QuiltToon™  walking a little fru-fru dog.  Turns out there are theories of humor and one of them is based on this sort of incongruity — incongruous events, people, or things we observe — things that make us smile or even lol (my 20-year-old son says I need to include that “lol” means “laugh out loud” because some old folks may not know what “lol” means — to him we say:  “LOL.”)   Anywhoozle, I found all this out when I googled “incongruity” and all this stuff about theories of humor appeared.  According to Wikipedia, “Francis Hutcheson expressed, in Thoughts on Laughter (1725), what became a key concept in the evolving theory of the comic:  laughter as a response to the perception of inconguity.”

The QuiltToon  is 24″ X 22.”  Machine pieced, hand and machine appliquéd and embroidered.  Machine top-stitched. A small amount of fusible webbing and fabric glue was used.   The copyright of the image on the QuiltToon remains with J.P. The Photo and Text © 2012 


About QuiltToonist

I'm a news junkie and have opinions about everything! I consider myself a folk artist because I have no formal art training and use the sewing skills I learned many moons ago to accomplish the fiber art I seem to have to express.
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4 Responses to The Incongruity Theory of Humor

  1. Nancy Shaw says:

    I saw a humourous thing like this at our annual spring event here in Nenana. You know how the big Gucci looking purses are such a “fashion” statement these days. I saw a young fashionista slinging her bag over her arm and looking so dressy. When she walked away she had a teeny bopper back pack made to resemble an animal on her back. And yes it did take me a while to know what lol meant. I thought it was “lots of love” but didn’t always make sense!


  2. Paul says:

    Nice Judy…I always laugh when things don’t seem right. “Nervous” laughter…


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